Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a two-part series on cattle handling. The first installment ran on Sept. 11.
Al Fenton raises purebred Herefords in Alberta and all of his cattle are easy to manage and easy to sort, even out in big pastures with no corrals. He and his cowboys do all the sorting quietly on horseback, holding the herd and sorting out the ones they want. He says the secret is to pick a calm, dependable one on the first sort.
“I always choose a cow or heifer that I think will stay calm and take her about 200 yards away and stop her. I let her sit there and a rider stays there and holds her. The next one we bring out, we take to that first one,” he said.