My wife Elizabeth knows every cow. She prints a roll call sheet from Excel and takes her magic marker and sometimes her granddaughter Madelyn and roll-calls the herd. She notes any problem. She watches the cows thru their lifetimes and knows their body score and fertility; whether they calved early or late; raised a big calf; and whether she will knock you down when you go to tag her calf.
We raise the cattle on our land in a natural way. In other words, we don’t use hormones; we only use antibiotics on the rare cattle that get infections; we give vaccinations and treat for parasites.
I didn’t learn to swear until I began working with cows about 1998, but we have learned to be gentle with cows. Don’t yell. Herding is like selling real estate, it is all about location—or at least position.