Thought for the day

"I just wonder what it would be like to be reincarnated in an animal whose species had been so reduced in numbers than it was in danger of extinction. What would be its feelings toward the human species whose population explosion had denied it somewhere to exist.... I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus." -- Prince Philip, in his Forward to "If I Were an Animal" - United Kingdom, Robin Clark Ltd., 1986.

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These photos, taken by Farm Security Administration photographer Arthur Rothstein, show cowboys and friends at Quarter Circle U Ranch in Big Horn County, Montana as they gather their herds for the seasonal roundup. Roundups were conducted within a specific amphitheater area and were not used to move cattle from one point to another. Instead, roundup was the process of gathering and gathering all the cattle that were grazing in that specific area. Roundup was held twice a year, in spring and fall. Spring Roundup was an opportunity to gather all the calves together to be branded and counted, so a rancher knew exactly how many calves were born that year. In addition to the branding, Cowboys differentiated the market-era steers (known as "beeves") that were sold.