The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 58
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sold to local buyers for fall delivery and the rest of them are kept
by the ranch until spring and perhaps later.
A few of the boys help the wagon boss with the shipping during
the summer months. Two boys ride the line. The rest of the
boys go out with the wagon again, but this time the cowboys'
equipment consists of work horses or mules, plows, post hole dig-
gers, fresnos, scrapers and all other articles necessary for road
work, tank building and fence repairing. During the months of
July and August, all the fence on the ranch is repaired, the roads
are graded and the ground tanks are cleaned out and repaired and
new ones built wherever it is deemed necessary. It goes without
saying that this kind of work does not appeal to the average cow-
boy; however, the work is not hard. They have breakfast at six
in the morning and quit early in the afternoon.
The fall round-up, which usually starts the first of September,
is very much like the spring work. The main difference is, in the
fall, the steer yearlings that were branded in the spring, with their
mothers, are cut into a bunch to themselves and thrown out on a
windy to a holding pasture near the headquarters where they ac-
cumulate as the fall work goes on, to be delivered to local buyers
after the first of November. Besides these, shipper stuff, poor
cows and any other poverty cattle that must be fed during the
winter months and any steer yearlings that were missed in the
spring and all the heifers and their mothers are all thrown out in
the flat pastures near headquarters preparatory to the final work
in the fall when the wagon pulls in.
When the canyon work is over, the wagon moves out on the flat
as it did in the spring and the fall deliveries are made. There
are two deliveries made about ten days apart. The reason there
are two deliveries is because it is not wise to try to handle too big
a round-up at one time. These deliveries are very interesting to
those who are not familiar with them. It must be remembered
that these steer calves are not weaned yet. The cows and calves
are taken to corrals and here the calves are separated from their
mothers and the calves left in the corrals. The cows are driven
back to the canyon pastures where they are to be wintered and are
penned for two days and two nights. By this time they are weaned
from their calves, and it is safe to turn them out. The calves,
after their mothers have been taken away, are turned out of the
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