New calves had to be branded, and some of the males had to be castrated. A lot of work. First of all, you had to round up the calves so that they were handy when their time came. You needed someone that could handle a rope, as well. This was also the time that any necessary medications were given, like shots!
In the fall, cattle had to be driven to William’s Lake. It was a fifty mile cattle drive, with the riders on horse back, and they had to eat and sleep “on the trail.” If I remember correctly, that drive took about a week. Things are sure different these days. Now the cattle are loaded in the back of a truck and driven to the sale.
Once the cattle were sold, and the money received there was a trip to the grocery store to stock up on the year’s supply of food. Don’t forget their nearest store was 16 miles away and there they did not have much choice. Williams Lake was the next closest, and that was fifty miles away, You did not run to the store to pick up things for supper