More than 100 head of longhorn cattle that had been part of the Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty re-enactments two weeks ago, made their way home, trying to beat wind and cold weather and stopping for shelter in Greensburg on Sunday, October 14.
Due to incoming inclement weather Sunday, October 14, the Moore Ranch drove their longhorn cattle through Greensburg about 12:30 p.m. instead of at the scheduled 3 p.m. estimated time. Freezing rain that turned into snow later in the day was headed into Kiowa County, so riders with the cattle wanted to beat the bad weather before it rolled in.
The longhorn cattle were on their way home from the Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Association back to Moore Ranch in Protection Kansas. This drive which brought the cattle through Greensburg on Bay Street as they headed to the Kiowa County Fairgrounds, was one of three different drives this fall hosted by the Ranch.
The Moore Ranch is a working ranch that usually has about 300 Texas longhorn cattle at the ranch and about 50 horses, depending on the season and how the weather treats what’s growing on the prairie. The Ranch hosts cattle drives for experience riders who want to help move the cattle to and from different events. Riders pay a little over $2,200 to experience real life on an old fashioned cattle drive.
Heartier riders who want a truly rustic experience join the Moore outfit as they mount up on horseback to drive about ninety head of longhorn cattle to seasonal pasture.
Last weekend, the cattle drive that came through town was about 110 miles long.
Historically, longhorns were driven from Texas to the rail heads in Kansas for market in the 1880s. In this part of Kansas the longhorns were driven up the western trail to Dodge City, one of the best know cattle towns of that era.
Today, guest riders are invited to participate at any level they feel comfortable, from pushing the cattle at the back of the herd to turning cattle at the sides of the herd. Some may be just happy riding along in the chuck wagon.
Nancy Moore cooks all the meals from the chuck wagon that follows along behind the herd. Supper and breakfast are prepared at the camp with a dutch oven, meals like stew, cornbread, cobbler brisket potatoes, breakfast burritos, biscuits and gravy.
Everyone sleeps out under the stars in cowboy bedrolls or tepees. All are expected to pitch in to help make the drive a success, from catching horses to making camp and driving cattle. Some evenings lend themselves to target shooting, roping practice, sitting around the campfire or an occasional instance of horsing around.
The Moore Ranch is owned and operated by Joe and Nancy Moore, Joe has been a rancher for over 30 years, and comes from a long tradition of cowboys who are also keen students of life. He is always ready with a good story or an observation taken from many years working with all kinds of cattle, horses and people. He takes great pride in introducing visitors from different cultures and walks of life to the experience of life on a working ranch.
Nancy is a longtime resident of rural Kansas growing up in the northwest corner of the state, where she drove tractors for her father, baled hay, herded sheep, lambed-out ewes, worked cattle and cared for a big garden. Joe, Nancy, and their sons, TR, Cody and Laramie, with their wives, Missy and Brooke, have been raising longhorn cattle since the early 1980s. In the mid 90s they began inviting the public to the ranch so they could share the fantastic lifestyle they enjoy.