I enjoy raising cattle. Now is a great time as the cows and calves are still on pasture, and harvest has yet to start, which means I have hours to ponder the beauty of the country I live in. I ride purebred horses for work and pleasure. They make my life easier, as they run much faster than I. My horse and I make a great team to sort cows, treat sick or injured cattle, and move cattle to different pastures.
To enjoy raising cattle, one must be tough, have a heart of gold and a vast knowledge of veterinary medicine, if not book learned then it is soon learned from experience.
Another aid to enjoying raising cattle is a good cow dog. Tippy is the best cow dog I have ever owned. She saves me hours every week, as she will sort out a cow, move a herd down the road, chase a mean bull and get him off my butt, and then follow my horse and I as we range the mountains looking for wandering cows, or lost calves.
Calving time is my favourite time of year, albeit the time of year I get little sleep. Cows are notorious for giving birth in the middle of the night on the coldest night of the year. Living in Alberta the coldest night can easily be minus 30 degrees. Knowing how to straighten out a crooked calf while still inside the cow is a must, as is knowing when to assist and when not to. While this is all hard work, it is the greatest reward I can have to see a live calf and content cow after a difficult birth. And even losing sleep is worthwhile when both critters are healthy as I sit and watch the northern lights play across the vast sky in the wee hours of the morning.
Do I love cattle, most definitely! But I also love eating meat - which makes raising top quality cattle a source of great pride for my life's work.