Cattle Problems on Northwest Oklahoma Homestead

Cattle present a huge challenge for homesteaders in northwest Oklahoma.

| Good Old Days

Our introduction to our new home in northwest Oklahoma was a windy one; the sand was blowing so hard we could scarcely see a hand before us. That home was a one-room dugout with a tent pitched in front of it. By fall we had a two-room sod house.

Cattle roamed around at will. The first summer they ate our crops as soon as the plants appeared above ground. One night Father heard them in the field and ran out in his night clothes to chase them away. They turned on him, and he made a fast retreat to our living quarters.

We tried getting good watchdogs, but the cattlemen did away with them as soon as we got them.

We children walked about a half mile to school through a pasture where hundreds of cattle grazed. Were we ever scared when a bull showed his dislike for intruders!

In time we were able to get wire and posts to fence the cattle out. 

Bertha Dobbs
Yakima, Washington

mother earth news fair


Feb. 17-18, 2018
Belton, Texas

More than 150 workshops, great deals from more than 200 exhibitors, off-stage demos, inspirational keynotes, and great food!