Texas is another country...

Texas is another country...I have driven into Texas from all four directions and can affirm that after crossing that imaginary state line you just know you are in Texas . The world becomes wide open space, the sky feels higher, you can stretch out and rest a spell.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

THE CATTLE CALL


 Post by Betty Barlow

The prettiest sight in Texas in springtime is a newborn calf just after a spring rain.  The pastures glisten with the precious, refreshing drops of life-giving, life-sustaining water, and you can see the youngsters of the herd frolic and play with one another.


The timing for birthing of calves is planned by the rancher to coincide with the spring rains and the new grass it brings.  This gives the nursing mothers plenty of nourishment to feed their offspring.  These calves usually stay with their mothers until the fall of that same year.

Springtime is a beautiful sight, but a sad time comes at dusk in the fall after the then 250-350 pound calves are sent to the auction.  It is a difficult time for us to see these babies separated from their mothers and put into a trailer to make the journey to the county auction barn. While roundup day is hard on us, it is really sad for the cows.  They walk around with heads hung low, moaning and bawling long into the night.  Their cries pierce the crisp, quiet country sky.  Like any mother who loses a child, these beautiful beasts show their lamentations to any who will listen to their cattle call.

As autumn comes on, the dance continues as the herd bull does his job and the nine-month gestation period begins once again.   Very soon a new generation will be born on the ranch after the spring rains fall.  This is the circle of life on a Southwest Texas ranch.


(Photo courtesy of Betty Barlow)

COMMENTS:


Anonymous Ron Forester said...
Great story Betty, reminded me of my Grandparents place in the Hill Country and the cattle they had!!! Thanks for posting it, Ron
May 16, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Anonymous Liza Stein said...
I loved your story also Betty....so very Texas!
May 30, 2013 at 9:22 PM

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great story Betty, reminded me of my Grandparents place in the Hill Country and the cattle they had!!! Thanks for posting it, Ron

Liza Stein said...

I loved your story also Betty....so very Texas!