They're very smart though. They know when Shane calls them and starts leading them that it's a good thing. They follow him almost anywhere (for the most part). There will be a lead cow at the front who will make that first step on the road and the rest start to follow. We also hold our positions to make sure to let the traffic, that comes through the area, know when it's safe to cross. This particular day we waited until later in the evening when traffic seems pretty low. We didn't have to direct any traffic, so I'd say it was the perfect time!
Notice in this picture below, there are a few calves at the end. They are the hardest sometimes. They get separated from their mommas and start to fret when the majority of the herd has crossed the road. Luckily, we had a couple of cows with new calves in the back of the group, so all of the calves that had bunched up at the end ended up falling right in line with those cows. It worked wonderful! A lot of times the border collies have to be used to gather them up and herd them across the road. On this day, it wasn't necessary.
This was taken once they arrived in their new pasture. As you can see the grass is very tall. Shane's plan is the cows will help this pasture by knocking down some seed and adding their ever-so-lovely fertilizer :)
Hope you all are having a great week!