Saturday, July 19 found over 50 people gathered at the Jan Hutchison farm in rural West Unity. Just like in days past, family, neighbors, and friends were on hand to see to the needs of the family farm.
Neighbors and family members started to arrive with horses and once saddled up entered the cow pasture to begin herding the longhorn cattle. The young calves were to be separated from the older ones to be tagged, dewormed, and branded.
After they were lassoed, the “farm hands” helped with process before returning the cows to the pasture. This is quite a workout for all involved.
While most farms are dwindling and moving away from their roots, all those involved are carrying on the traditions and the necessities of keeping the cattle safe and protected.