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'Moving Cattle into Field to Mother Up.'
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Buckaroos Sort the Herd
In the sorting process, ranchers go through their herds more carefully than you might imagine. Stray cows are identified and their owners are called to retrieve them. Mother cows are carefully identified in a process called "mother up." Calves are separated so that young calves can be branded and older calves weaned from their mother.

Ranchers also decide which cows they want to sell. An empty "bag," or udder, can identify a dry cow, which tends to be in better condition than a cow with calves. Pregnant dry cows are not sold. Animals that are not pregnant, called "open" cows, are kept or sold depending on their condition.

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