Post by Betty Barlow
The prettiest sight in
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
(Photo courtesy of Betty Barlow)
Ron Forester said...
Liza Stein said...
Great story Betty, reminded me of my Grandparents place in the Hill Country and the cattle they had!!! Thanks for posting it, Ron
I loved your story also Betty....so very Texas!