A dog, or horse, trained to work with cattle when they are being moved can be worth more than an inexperienced field hand trying to do the same job. Cattle crossing the road at Treasure Hammock Ranch. From the Florida Cattle Ranch project.
Calves undergoing weaning from their mothers are kept in the cow pens for a few days at Treasure Hammock Ranch. Neither the mothers nor their calves seemed happy with being separated, especially at night. From the Florida Cattle Ranch project.
Clouds of blood-sucking horn flies annoy a herd heading for the cow pens at Treasure Hammock Ranch. Relief comes from a topical pesticide treatment applied to the cows as they travel through the cow pen chute. From the Florida Cattle Ranch project.
An old but deserving project got dusted off a bit when the University of Florida asked if they could use images from my photo series on Florida cattle ranching and the wildlife found on ranches in a short video about Treasure Hammock Ranch narrated by Sean Sexton. Watch the short video above, it is very good. And then visit the old Florida Cattle Ranch website where I photo documented the wildlife and the work on Treasure Hammock Ranch at http://www.floridacattleranch.org
A story on National Public Radio the other day called “The Cows Did What?” reminded me of this incident that occurred awhile back. The NPR story concerned itself with the often ignored, at least by most humans, fact that cows and other life on this planet can be just as curious and interested in things as people can be. I guess this aspect of animal intelligence/behavior is best overlooked when the overall value of animal life is reduced to dollars […]
Images from three days of walks at Treasure Hammock Ranch over the past week… Goldie waits patiently in the barn at sunset for the cowboys to take the herd back to their pasture after a long day of cattle work in the cowpens. Cowpens and scale envisioned under a Red Giant Sun. A Sandhill Crane nests in one of the seasonal wetlands in the pastures. A pair of Loggerhead Shrikes perched on the fence line. My guess is a Lesser […]
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