Head ‘em up, move ‘em out at Zimprich’s annual cattledrive

Posted November 28, 2012 at 8:24 pm


By Sherry Lind, Editor

On Sunday, November 18, 2012 a piece of American history was alive and well. Every year before winter sets in Dave Zimprich holds a cattle drive. Friends and family bring their horses, lassos, and cowboy attire to help herd about 200 cows from their home on the range toward their winter pen. This year about 15 people helped.

The herd is moved in three steps. First they are moved from their summer pasture on his grandfather, Frank Zimprich’s land north of highway 65 to the farm of Zimprich’s father, Bernard, about five miles south (which is now occupied by his nephew and family). There the calves are weaned from their mothers and a week or so later the herd heads on down the road to Zimprich’s ranch.

The cattle drive has a long time Trail Boss. Bernard Zimprich leads the way, even at 90 years young. This cattle drive has been an annual event since the mid 1980s and it’s anticipated by many of the participants. “They look forward to the coffee and goodies at the end of the drive,” which Zimprich thinks is the best part. The goodies are a thank you to everyone who helped. “We so appreciated everyone’s help,” said Zimprich. “It couldn’t be done without the volunteers.”