Hundreds of cows moved during cattle drive in Cache County

Posted at 9:53 PM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-17 13:37:21-04

CACHE COUNTY, Utah - Thousands of cows will make their way out of Logan Canyon and into busy streets below. Every August, cows are herded from ranch to ranch to graze on the land for land management.

"The looks we get are pretty funny," said Bob Smart, one of the cowboys helping to move the herd.

The herds are broken into groups of 300, and moved one at a time about three miles up the canyon toward a ranch they'll graze at until October. The route takes them along a busy Logan Canyon road.

"We're coming around the corner and then all of a sudden, we think we see a bear," said Jared Mecham, who was traveling through with his wife and friends Tuesday. "Instead, it was just a bunch of cows wandering through the road."

At times, dozens of cows stood in the middle of the road for minutes on end, blocking traffic in both directions for a number of minutes.

"It's worth it though," said Mecham's wife. "You never see stuff like this!"

Most the cattle stick to the ranchers as they make their way up the canyon, but a few strays do their best to escape to freedom.

"Some of them don't want to go with the program," Smart said. "They want to take off in a different direction."

The drives take about five hours to make, and with several herds needing to be moved up the canyon, it will take herders a number of days to complete the move.