Under the Wire


October 27, 2021

“OK, somebody’s got to be the first to go,” the rancher said to the group of cows and calves milling in front of the gate as he pushed his horse into the herd.

Normally, his words meant that one cow, calf in tow, had to go through the gate with the rest taking their cue from her, following out into the small adjoining pasture. The spring ritual was part of the chore of splitting the herd into smaller groups destined for waiting pastures of green grass where they would spend the summer. This year, however, the words had new meaning. “The first to go,” meant the first of many to...

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