This is the time of year that ranchers move their cattle from spring lands to summer lands. It happens after the calves have been born, branded and vaccinations have been given. Summer lands may be leased or owned, but are generally in higher elevations away from the main homestead. It is not a great picture, but here is a photo I snapped when I ran in some cattle being moved last week.
For those of you curious about this all, the county I was in last week had just under 2,000 people. According to data I could find they sold approximately 45,0000 head of cattle last year. This does not include the cattle that they kept for breeding stock for this year. If you ever wonder about the food on your table and where it may have come from, your beef may have come from one of the many cattle herds in Montana.