It’s hot on the marsh today, and the herd is cooling off in Hoo Brook Pasture’s shade.

I snapped this photo at the moment Waynetta sensed other people close by, way before they appeared at the gate. The Rangers have been looking after the herd whilst I’ve been away on holiday.

Waynetta, the smartest cow on the marsh, bellowed and hurried to the open gate. I followed with the rest of the herd. The cattle are quick to make the most of any advantage. The Rangers have bucket fed one of the thinner cows in my absence. Wayne and Waynetta, though, preferring new grass to dry cattle nuts, didn’t bother climbing the ramp to the corral. Brutus, believing he has rights to everything, dribbled and fidgeted on the wrong side of the corral gate.


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