Cattle: Life

Ever wonder what it might be like to live and work on a ranch? We’ll get a taste of it in a moment. I’m Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet, presented by DuPont.

“Its our way of life, you know, and we enjoy it. We work very hard. I still work twelve hours every day, and we do something different every day on a ranch. If we’re not irrigating to try to raise some hay for the cows, tomorrow we might move some cattle, and the next day we might ride through the cattle on horseback. We’re working on fences. We’ve got a hundred miles of fences on the ranches here, and we stay pretty busy all the time.”

Carlos Cornay is a third-generation rancher based in northern New Mexico. Right now during branding season and throughout the year, there’s a continuing spirit of cooperation among neighboring ranchers, as they share their work force.

“It’s wonderful to get our neighbors together over here and we do that every year. We go help other people brand. We share work like that and there’s hardly any money involved. We go help them brand and then ship, and they do the same thing for us. Sometimes there’s a few too many people. But we just cope with it, because they’re all friends. We’ve been friends for generations. My grandfather, he came here in 1865 at the age of 13. My father was born in this house I’m living in, I was born in the same room and it’s still my bedroom, for seventy years now.”

Please visit our web site at nationalgeographic. com. Pulse of the Planet is presented by DuPont, bringing you the miracles of science, with additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. I’m Jim Metzner.

Cattle: Life

The life of a New Mexico cattle rancher is a constant cycle of breeding, branding and mending fences. Carlos Cornay wouldn't have it any other way.
Air Date:05/16/2000
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Ever wonder what it might be like to live and work on a ranch? We'll get a taste of it in a moment. I'm Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet, presented by DuPont.

"Its our way of life, you know, and we enjoy it. We work very hard. I still work twelve hours every day, and we do something different every day on a ranch. If we're not irrigating to try to raise some hay for the cows, tomorrow we might move some cattle, and the next day we might ride through the cattle on horseback. We're working on fences. We've got a hundred miles of fences on the ranches here, and we stay pretty busy all the time."

Carlos Cornay is a third-generation rancher based in northern New Mexico. Right now during branding season and throughout the year, there's a continuing spirit of cooperation among neighboring ranchers, as they share their work force.

"It's wonderful to get our neighbors together over here and we do that every year. We go help other people brand. We share work like that and there's hardly any money involved. We go help them brand and then ship, and they do the same thing for us. Sometimes there's a few too many people. But we just cope with it, because they're all friends. We've been friends for generations. My grandfather, he came here in 1865 at the age of 13. My father was born in this house I'm living in, I was born in the same room and it's still my bedroom, for seventy years now."

Please visit our web site at nationalgeographic. com. Pulse of the Planet is presented by DuPont, bringing you the miracles of science, with additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. I'm Jim Metzner.