Due to the heat and weather conditions cattle are handled mainly during the dry, handling means mustering (gathering in), walking the caught animals to stock yards where they are sorted.Sorting the cattle is called drafting, the cattle are put through a series of yards to a pen which enables them to walk in a single file through a laneway called a race, in this race I have a series of gates I can open and close. Depending on the type of animal coming up the race depends into which pen they are destined.
Bush cattle are the cattle we keep, they will return to their original paddocks. These tend to be the breeder cattle, cows, bulls and other branded animals that are intended to be used for breeding. With them will be returned small calves who are too small to wean.
Weaners are the unbranded