There are two ways to sort cows. You can “gate” sort them. I usually run the gate and the cows either run by into the alley or go into the pen. Newt yells “BYE” or “IN” and I move the gate back and forth.
Sometimes the sorter (Newt in this case), gets a wild one and the command is “BYE the first calf, IN the red calf, BYE the last calf”. In which case, I jump in front of them and chase them back to Newt. I’ve learned this does not end well for the person on the gate.
Newt is pretty good about shouting out the command. Even when he is flustered he is better than Dad who used to yell “GATE! GATE!” Resulting in me standing with the gate wondering where the cow should go- in the pen or down the alley? And I usually guessed wrong.
The better way to sort is on horseback. You may think the only perk is you are on a horse (and how could life get any better), but you are also out of the dirt and have a better advantage overcoming a charging cow.
First, get the herd in the corner for easier containment.
Now you have to find a pair (mother and her calf) that are easy to “peel” off the herd.
Once the pair is sorted, you take them out of the bunch and over the hill. Otherwise the other cows want to be with that cow, and you just defeated the whole purpose of sorting.
And then you have to start all over again.
Watch out for trouble makers like cow 336- they always make a run for it!
I’m watching you, Cow 336. Always watching you…
Sometimes the dogs come to help chase cows (or here they are chasing in the roping steers).
Sometimes the dogs get a little TOO excited. Then Newt has to tell them to SIT DOWN! PORKCHOP SIT DOWN!
But when I’m not there to help Newt, the dogs are better than a hired man. Heck- they’re probably better help than me!