Putting Bulls In With The Cows on the Ranch


Hi I’m Mike, today is time to restart a
new cycle on the ranch. Calves are born every year and one of the
most important parts of that process is bringing the bulls to the cows. Moving bulls is so much different from moving
cows and working with them can be one of the most dangerous jobs on the ranch. Join us as we take the bulls to to work, on
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get to know you. When you drive down the road and look at all
these fences, what we hope is that you look at them a bit differently. Behind every single fence is a story, a family,
a history and a tradition. We invite you to come along with us and explore
the ranch life and escape the ordinary as you learn our story. The ranch itself is a bit like that story,
a story that repeats itself every year. Parts of that story always change, the details,
but the main gist is always the same. We have baby calves in the spring, we make
hay in the summer, hopefully, or else we buy hay and we feed that hay all winter long. Another big part of that story is the place
where I believe our story starts over. And that is the bringing of the bulls to the
cows. Without this step, there are no baby cows
and with out them, there wouldn’t mama cows so for me today marks the beginning of a new
year, a new story and a new beginning. This year we added three new bulls to our
herd. All three are red angus and purchased from
a local producer. They are young bulls, only 2 years old but
already weighing over a thousand pounds a piece on their way to around a ton when they
are all grown up. Putting them in the with other bulls allows
them to become acclimated with their new brothers, fights will happen but over their time together
they will form a bond. They will determine a pecking order, they
will learn who is in charge and become more comfortable in their new role in the herd. The day that we put the bulls with the calves
is always met with excitement. I firmly believe the bulls know whats coming
and usually all I have to do is open a gate leading into the corrals they will be loaded
out of and they will move that way by themselves. I opened that gate last night and now all
the bulls are ready to go, in the corral and waiting. Its been almost a year since they have last
seen the cows and now they are ready to get to work. Although they are ready and anxious, its now
time for us to be at our most cautious around them. Moving cows around is relatively easy, cows
have a fight or flight instinct and most of the time a cow will run, fleeing the situation
she is put in. Bulls however have a tendency to swing the
other way and fight. I mentioned before that we have new bulls
in this group and because we do, we have decided to keep the 2 bulls that were going to be
retired from the herd with the group through this season. They have been through this many times and
because they have they are easier to move through the process. They know the trailer isn’t there to hurt
them, in fact they may even know that the trailer is going to take them to the place
that they want to be this time of year. We have 7 bulls to move today, We should be
able to fit 4 in the first trailer load which will go directly to the cows and the other
3 in the second load. Dropping off one of the younger ones to work
with the few heifers we have. As we do with any livestock, our goal is to
move them from larger into smaller corrals to work with and for these guys onto the trailer. A recent study from the United States Library
of Medicine took a look at injuries and deaths occurring as a result of bulls in the US. According to the study, of injuries incurred
while farming and ranching 30% were the cause of livestock and bulls were found to account
for 25% of those injuries. Of those more than 50% were fatal. So toying around with bulls is no laughing
matter. You never know what kind of a mood a bull
is in, and one that is docile on one day may be in a completely different mood the next. Since I am working alone today, my head is
always on a swivel, keeping an eye on who is in front of me as well as behind me and
trying to gauge their mood as I do it. Lucky for us, the bulls are in a pretty good
mood today. But they don’t get all the credit, because
even the day we choose to move them is not chosen by chance. I have found that bulls are less likely to
want to do anything if it is too hot, or too cold, or even too windy. Choosing the day to work with them is just
as important as how you work with them. As our first group moves up to the trailer
the older bulls get the idea and the young one follows along. Next we get to medicate these guys a bit. You may have noticed the flies and this time
of year they are horrible on the bulls. In order to give them a bit of relief we are
going to use Ivermectin to help control them. The medication is a pour on that will eventually
end up in their manure as well and prevent the development of fly eggs in their manure
and hopefully offer continued relief. With the bulls ready to go, we can make the
couple of mile trip to the cows and reintroduce them to their boyfriends, and the new comers
to the ranch. We do this quite a ways away from where the
cows are, letting them come together naturally. Dropping them off in the middle of the herd
has caused fights before, probably from over stimulation, and I don’t want to be in the
middle of it. Doing it this way allows them to come together
naturally at their own pace. This is the getting to know you period of
their day, the bulls will move through the herd, looking for a cow in heat and try their
luck. Which may not pan out right away, but soon
the cows will get with the program and we let nature take its course. After loading the rest of the bulls up, then
its off with them as well. Dropping off another young bull, but this
time with some first time moms, the heifers. They seem intrigued by the new kid and put
the chase on him, and maybe it will take some time for him to warm up to them, but they
sure do like him. With the remainder of the bulls out doing
their thing, the ranch will now cycle back around. Life will continue and a new batch of calves
will soon be on the way. A major milestone of the year completed, without
any injuries to us or to the bulls, which can always be a concern as well. Over all a good day for all those involved. With patience and perseverance you can move
mountains, and you can move mountains of testosterone too. Good luck boys, and a have fun, and always
remember to call her in the morning. With that job done, we can knock another one
of the list and really bury ourselves into the haying for this year. The crop isn’t great, but its better than
nothing and its better than last year. Make sure you subscribe and come back and
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the tractors and occasionally my breakdowns as well. Even though those usually consist of kicking
a tractor tire a few times. We have a lot more on the way from right here
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Reader Comments

  1. One UP

    hey guys/ hallo

    has a cow horse hybrid been studied?
    my thinking is the cross would obtain both
    animals strengths.
    1: a more graceful sturdy cow
    2: a large powered work horse.

    not to sure about the milk .

  2. Edward Zweiacher

    I had a group of kids from Nevada in a van once and they were talking about breeding season and how they select what bull goes to what pasture. One girl said, "My dad has twelve bulls in a pen and on Christmas Day he opens the gate and says, "have fun, boys" and that's it."

  3. ONY 27

    I grew up in the city my whole life but was always fascinated when at a farm and seeing all the animals and fields of harvest. Maybe I'm a farm boy at heart.

  4. Lankster Price

    A young bull and an old bull are at the top of a hill looking down at all the cows…

    There are hundreds of cows grazing below. The young bull says, "Let's run down there and fk a cow!"

    The old bull says, "No, let's walk down and fk them all."
    This is the one I recall as a kid.. (I think fk stands for French Kiss)

  5. Mitch Allen

    I'm from northern Utah. I grew up with a similar lifestyle. I love watching your channel. It reminds me of my younger days. Keep up the great work!

  6. Malcolm Nex

    Haha! Mike when you said "work the bulls" I thought that you were going to hook them up to something pull. But you hooked them up with some heifers at the Smiling Bull Ranch. I am learning a from your channel. Thanks

    Malcolm from Oakland

  7. Lafaca View

    Hey borther the next i few year i hope you still keep me updated with the life of ranchers..once i finished my collage this i really wants to start invest my own ranchers and want to do marketing tradeing in oction and do some eggs hatching and sellibg chickens…i mite need help in this year you just so really. Know about lifestal and you can save me alot of sxhool time…in marketing…

  8. Quantum Potential

    This could easily be a Bullweiser superbowl commercial. You got a good narration voice too. Reminds me of some commercial I just cant quite think of it however. Ernest and Julio wine commercials from the seventies pethaps

  9. LikeItIs

    Mike, how about an honest answer to this? One of your prime bulls walks up behind 2 females: 1 is an old gal that has calved several times and 1 is a young, virgin heifer. Both are in high heat. Which one will he mount? You are the expert here, so don't chicken out!

  10. Eesa Khan

    My school is full of people that thing cows and bulls are separate animals, when they are not even animals. When I try to explain to them that they are just terms for the males and females of certain species, they just tell me that ‘Cows are big milk animals and bulls are big horned animals that people fight in Spain’. Honestly, idiots…

  11. Louise Delaughter

    This post is referenced to YouTube's reaction to the bulls mating with the cows. Just how does this differ in goats, cows, and other livestock giving birth? I am a grown woman and I am in charge of what I choose to watch. My children watch these videos with me, this is real life, if these videos offend you turn it off. My children have watched cartoon videos with unacceptable scenes in the cartoons. What do I do? I turn off the video and never turn it back on, simple solution. YouTube let the viewers choose for ourselves what we watch. Sorry mike but this kind of thing rubs me the wrong way. Carry on, love all of your videos.

  12. Stacy Terry

    Thank you for this, i have been trying to assist my daughter in understanding that bulls and cow do it the same as dogs and cats. She kept telling me they were to big 😂

  13. Dan Raiders Warriors Sharks Giants

    I watched another video and the guy said it was way more profitable to artificially inseminate the cows because their calf will have a better chance at being higher quality? unless I misunderstood the video and had the same male been there it would of been the same thing.

    His farm was pumping out tons milk cows and he would make the moms not considered good enough surrogates vs having their own personal baby.

    One of his milk cows sold for over 200k do top beef bulls and cows sell for that?

    I heard top rodeo bulls sell for that or more but that doesnt really count for my question.

  14. Vegeta the Prince of all

    The new bull when the cows follow him um excuse me bitches wtf you following me for? The cows he's so fine breed me

  15. Hanna Carstens

    It was funny because we just put our bulls out in the pasture today and I about got ran over today but thankfully I scared the bull enough that he didn’t run me over.

  16. miguel Cruz

    7:17 "and we let nature take it's course" those are animals not nature. Unless you mean "Natural behavior" like we all do and me making this comment, ok i see nvm.

  17. steven buffett

    Once a radio guy always a radio guy…..I swear I am watching a mini series…educational, funny and always interesting. When you can sit and watch these one after another; I realize that not many people have the knack for holding an audience…but you and Erin DO…i have been in media for a long time and i know what makes for good programming…you 2 certainly have it. It only gets better from here Mike…Thanks for another well made and informative vid. Enjoy the summer and don't forget to have fun.

  18. tug onrye

    I'm English and never heard of a Red Angus (bonnie looking Beastie) my question is how closely related to the Aberdeen Angus are they

  19. Dave Steen

    I see nothing wrong with this video, things are getting out of hand with the sensitivity Keep up the great videos. I forgot the turned up nose after smelling the cow, so funny

  20. kladpapier

    Had to come watch this video and see what all the fuss was about before watching the 2019 version 🙂

    After watching: I can't see why this video was flagged, and certainly not why Youtube went along with the fool(s) that did …

  21. Theresa Petekiewicz

    I'm not a farmer I just started watching your videos did I am curious as to how many cows you have and how many bullets you have. How many cows can one bull breed in a season?
    Do you have Ranch hands to help or is that too expensive? Who do you have beside yourself to help with the ranch work?

  22. Jeffrey Glisson

    I live near what was King Ranch, south of Coatesville, PA. Riding my bike one day I spotted a young bull outside the wire. With me on my bike and a pickup truck we herded the confused youngster back to the girls. In a show of just how strong a bull is he got tired of our pushing him and just crashed through the hi tensile fence. A real reminder of how careful you have to be around farm animals.

  23. Mylee Patton

    It might not be the same with cattle, but we had 2 ram lambs in pens next to each other and the other one knocked down the fence and beat the one to death

  24. Rodolfo Plasencia

    How about if you make room in front of the trailer, to get in, locked in front of the space of the bulls a cow you have an idea is in heat? Will it inspire the bulls to walk towards the trailer faster? How about if you place in the front of the trailer some cow urine or a scent if they are that leads them to the trailer if you don't want to add an extra gate in the trailer? Then drop the cow first where they are, drive your truck where you used to to drop the bulls and see..

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