Film, Video Sorting the Herd
About this Item
- Sorting the Herd
- Contributor Names
- Fleischhauer, Carl (Interviewer)
- Smock, William (Interviewer)
- Created / Published
- October 10, 1979
- Subject Headings
- - Cattle
- - Ninety-Six Ranch
- - Activities
- - Buckarooing
- - Cattle sorting
- - Ethnography
- - Motion Pictures
- Motion Pictures
- - After the herd is back at the home ranch, cattle are sorted for sale, breeding, and other purposes.
- - One of the main purposes for sorting the herd is to "part," or segregate, the cattle (primarily steers) to be sold. Les explains the ranch's overall marketing concept in audio selection . The Ninety-Six normally sells cattle in autumn, but in 1979, when this film was shot, no animals were sold. After Les's uncle's death in 1936, two branches of the family jointly owned the ranch. In 1979, Les bought his cousins' shares and consolidated ownership. Taxation factors connected with this consolidation ruled out a sale that fall, but the cattle were sorted for future sale, breeding, and to keep mother cows together with their calves.
- - The sorting process begins when the herd passes through the ketch lot as the cattle reenter the ranch at the end of the drive, as in video selection . The parting shown here is a separate event that takes place a few days after the drive; the 1979 parting processed about seven or eight hundred head. The ranch's normal categories are: cows with calves, dry cows (cows not mothering a calf), heifers to replace herd cows, yearlings, weaner calves, steers, strays, and a few bulls for breeding purposes. Sometimes two or three of these categories will be sorted into a single group. Strays are branded cattle that belong to another ranch. After they have been parted and identified, the owners are called to come and retrieve them.
- - Les explained that an empty "bag," or udder, can identify dry cows, and they tend to be in better shape than cows with calves. Pregnant dry cows are not sold. "Open" cows, animals that are not pregnant, are kept or sold depending upon their age and conformation. Cows with calves are separated so new calves can be branded and older calves weaned. Cows with weaners are also pregnancy tested and older or inferior animals will be sold. Some cow calf pairs will also be sold.
- 16mm film
- Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1991/021: NV9-VT6
- Source Collection
- Paradise Valley Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1991/021)
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
- Online Format
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