April 1 ~ Photo A Day #91

Oops…boy do I have a lot of catchin’ up to do! I’ve been taking daily photos, but just been too busy to get them posted.

I’ll start out with a double feature from one of the most picturesque spots in all of Harney County…McCoy Creek. I helped the rancher move his cow/calf pairs out of the canyon and up to the range land where they will spend the summer grazing.

In the photo below, you can see the trail of cows going up the well worn path to the top of the rim rock. Many times it’s been just me and the rancher; this time there were five riders and it sure made the trip easier. The lil’ calves don’t know how to trail yet, and it’s quite a challenge to get them following along.

Climbing Out of the Canyon

Once on top, the range land opens up and spreads out for miles. We took the pairs about three miles to their first pasture. As the year progresses, they will be rotated to other pastures to keep the range land from being over grazed. It’s an important part of the land management that many don’t understand. One of the highest priorities for a rancher is to manage the range.

No grass = No grazing.  Ranchers do everything possible to maintain quality feed for their livestock…and you get good beef on your table at an affordable price!


These photos were taken with my lil’ point ‘n shoot that I carry in my pocket when I’m in the saddle.


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