The 66-year-old lives in Grand Forks but joins Keith Johnson annually in his cattle drive, bringing Johnson’s 400 cows back near Sharon, ND.
“It is a possiblity to play cowboy,” Brown said. “I’m addressing be considered a kid again.”
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Johnson invites family, strangers and friends to come quickly to his farm and take part in the cattle drive. Brown has been coming for 25 years.
“I’ve never missed a one,” Brown said.
Many participants chaps wore, packer boots and, most of all, gloves and hats. Like real cowboys just, those taking part in sun and rain were faced by the cattle drive. The biting snow and wind brought the temperature outside to 15 degrees.
Despite the elements, everyone arrived at Johnson’s barn at 8:30 a.m. and drove to the pasture about 20 miles away.
The cattle seemed wanting to get home, removing at a trot soon after 10:30 a.m.
Once the combined group gets going, the thumping sound of horse and cow hooves could be heard prior to the animals have emerged through the snow.
“Hey, cow!” riders call when one steps out of line.
And whenever a cow goes rogue, several horses chase it back to the herd maybe.
The relative line shows the melding of cowboy history with the cowboys of today’s.
Johnson’s grandchildren dart round the cattle in ATVs and the trunk of the line comprises of a parade of trailers, sUVs and trucks.
The whole type of cows, horses and trailers in it stretches 25 % mile long almost.
“I call this ‘organized chaos,'” Johnson said of the drive.
Casey Wollangk and his mom, Sara Ollman, have already been arriving at Johnson’s cattle drive since Wollangk was about 12 yrs . old, he said. He’s now 30.
Wollangk missed a couple of years when he visited college and veterinary school, but has started attending again regularly.
Two sisters, Mona Koppy and Karen Anderson, arrived at the cattle drive from just outside Minneapolis. The group fondly calls them “the town Sisters.”
“We always wished to be from the farm so when we found out about this, we’d ahead,” Koppy said. “You can smell real manure; you do not get that in the cities.”
In the four years the sisters have already been arriving at Johnson’s cattle drive, they will have gotten to supply the cows their vaccines, tag their ears and insert an IUD in to the cows even, Anderson said.
“We need not bring anything, we just bring food and we even get yelled at for that sometimes,” Koppy said.
The sisters, just like the other participants, come for the knowledge of the cattle drive.
It is probable among the largest of its kind in the constant state, Johnson said.
“I possibly could probably take action quicker easily didn’t invite each one of these people,” Johnson said. “But I’ve met so many good people achieving this. I really like seeing them and the relationships they form with one another.”