Udder chaos in Livingston: Local rancher moves his cattle through town the old fashioned way
JOHN CARROLL Livingston Enterprise
Livingston rancher Matt Jesson had a plan to get his cattle home on a recent winter day.
For the last six months, Jesson’s cows had been grazing on the west side of town on leased property off Swingley Road.
Now it was time to get the cattle home to his property on U.S. Highway 10 for calving season and vaccinations.
Typically, Jesson loads his 150 cows on multiple trailers and drives them to their destination. But the process can be arduous and time-consuming, said the rancher, and sometimes it takes most of the day.
So this year, Jesson decided to do something different. The 62-year-old rancher decided to drive his cattle about 10 miles down local roads and highways, a route that took them them right down Park Street and through the heart of Livingston.
“I was going to sneak them through town early Sunday morning,” said Jesson. “But a lot of people showed up, and a lot of cars, too.”
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Some of the cattle got spooked by the cars, said Jesson, and tried to escape the herd down alleyways and side streets. But the handlers on