The "Old Brindle" is one of the first cows we bought when we started Magpie Ranch. She was old when we bought her and that was nearly ten years ago. Mike quickly discovered that she does not like to be cornered. She wants a lot of space and will waggle her impressive horns to remind us she is equipped for a fight.
As it turned out, the Old Brindle is also a great mother and a great lead cow. When she came up 'dry' or unbred a couple years ago we were disappointed, but kept her with the herd and she continued to lead the cattle out of the canyons to the summer range. This year, after two seasons without a calf, we trailered her to the valley to fatten up on irrigated pasture and reach her eventual demise. A week later, as if to say, "forget that idea", she surprised us with a sweet bull calf. I guess the Old Brindle gets one more year.
|Old Brindle and her 'surprise' calf|
|Cottonwood blocking the Pumpkin Creek driveway|
|Pumpkin creek cabin after fire protection|
|A lot of mowing....|
Luckily summer has its rewards, like river swimming and being greeted by a beautiful valley sunset on our way home from the canyon.
|River swimming pals|
|Dawson with his "fishing" pole|
|Nice way to end the day|