Sunday morning arrived quickly and Danish Cowboy donned his sexy coveralls, rounded up our posse of horse trailers driven by neighbors and friends and headed off to be at the far herd before sunup. "The asscrack of dawn" as we sometimes refer to it around here. The animals were sorted in to various groups. Steers go in this pen, heifers to sell go in that pen, heifers to keep go in that pen. The livestock trailers are then loaded up with 15-18 calves each depending on the size of the calf/length of the trailer and driven to the proper destination.
Heifers and steers that have been sold are taken to the livestock yards in Brockway, weighed, and sorted by the buyer on to "cattle pots" which could hold 80-90 calves each We generally sell as a pool with several neighbors who have similar types of cattle, so there are a lot of calves and a lot of bawling from the animals who are experiencing a new phase in their lives. The whole process happens quickly. Most of our calves are destined for feedlots in Nebraska and they need to get the animals there as soon as possible to prevent sickness and start the weaning process.