Ranch broker Robb Nelson was moving cattle on a working ranch last week, one of his favorite annual routines. Here’s what he had to say:
Changing leaves and October usually signal one thing for western ranchers and that is moving cows off of summer pasture and federal & state grazing leases. For me it always means multiple days on horseback finding stubborn cows and calves that often don’t want to be found. But I love this time of year! The mornings are brisk and the afternoons can be quite warm. Early mornings saddling up horses, loading them up and traveling to forest leases. There is a lot of camaraderie between “cowboys” as we scatter across the range to drive cows to loading pens and chutes. Days are long and usually end with sorting cows and calves, spring calves and fall calvers. Often times when gathering cows we have to cross roads which usually means halting traffic. I am always amused how half of the traffic gets out of their cars and takes pictures and the other half has to honk their horn and show us their favorite finger. It can be a long process as you cannot rush cows but it is an experience that is reminiscent of days gone by. I often think that at least in this regard not much has changed in 100 years and I love that! I am not fortunate enough to call this my full time job but this annual routine is something I live for!
One thing Mirr Ranch Group prides itself in is that we’re hunters, cattlemen, fisherman and adventurers ourselves in addition to being the most experienced and educated ranch brokers in the business. If you’re interested in selling your cattle ranch or thinking you’d like to own a working ranch someday, contact Robb and the ranch brokers at Mirr Ranch Group.