The first ranch I worked at was two sections in Montana. For reference, a section is 640 acres. They had roughly 300 cow-calf pairs of purebred Red Angus. So, red cows. They worked the cattle with Border Collies, as you do when you’ve got that many head. Now, as I assume you know, Border Collies are a predominantly black breed. Which is fine.
Then the neighbor’s Black Angus bull jumped the fence. Now, which you probably don’t know, black is the dominant trait in Angus cattle. Because of this, the resulting calf was born black.

Being used to being worked by Border Collies, every single one of those cattle was terrified of this black calf. She herded them by accident while looking for someone to be with her.

And that’s the story of the loneliest calf.


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