But, now Don wants to learn how to better manage her when she's working for him, so he and Dave spent their time with Jan and the baby bovines well. Again, all on lead excepting the one incident where Jan's collar broke. Dave wasn't having a lot of luck with collars and leads on Tuesday, not out here anyway. But, after making sure the three heifers understood she meant business, she too called off, got a lead fix, and went back to work. The heifers stuck together much better for Jan, as she absolutely sold them on the fact that she knew what she was doing and had no qualms about proving it. It was great to watch her learn, just as Sybil had, what Dave was asking of her and how well she complied with his wishes. It was getting dark by then so I didn't get many shots that turned out, but enjoy the slideshow with the ones I did.
Don and Dave confer while Jan shows Hilda who really is the boss here (hint - it wouldn't be a big, black heifer calf)
The heifers are all ears and eyes as Jan starts her first walkup on them
Run! Run! Run for your lives!! Interesting note - you can tell exactly where a cow's attention is focused by where their ears are pointed. Liza's ears - straight back towards the little red dog
Grouped nicely and headed for the gate
Still at a nice, easy walk. Dave is working the heifers back and forth on the short side of the fence, letting Jan work from behind, then go to the heads and turn them nicely, something that both Jan and Sybil need work with, as neither is all that comfortable with going to head. Unlike mom and dad, both of whom are strong headers on cattle. Interesting, that
Aren't those clouds awesome? And oh yah, Jan and Dave do a nice job turning the heifers as a group at the gate while Don watches. He's not aware that he's making Jan's job a bit difficult standing where he is. You can see Joy (the silver heifer closest to Don) kinda giving him the eye
There's those clouds again. Got Don to move back a bit and let Jan do some work without his help