Another summer of grazing has passed at the Bechtel Ranch. 

Last year I shared a few pictures and described how we gather cattle on my family's custom grazing operation each year in the Flint Hills. 

This summer we took in steers and spayed heifers. The majority of the cattle came in around April 15 and we had the majority of the cattle shipped by July 15.  

Shipping this year took place at three different facilities during a five day period in mid-July. Here is a look at 15 of the better images I snapped while "helping" ship cattle at the ranch:

1. Driving the cattle down the road

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2. Arriving at the holding pens

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3. Bringing the cattle up the alley

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4. Rounding the corner

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5. Moving the cattle to count

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6. Looking for any "cuts"

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7. Checking brands

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8. Waiting on trucks

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9. Counting cattle to load

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10. Backing up the semi 

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11. Sorting off loads of cattle

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12. Sending to the loading chute

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13. Loading the pot

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14. Heading to a new home

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15. Ready to do it all again

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Last week I visited a few of the feedlots the steers and heifers went to and they are all doing well. 

Thanks again to all our friends and family who help make our grazing operation a success.