WILLARD -- Cold temperatures didn't stop a band of 13 hardy cowboys and cowgirls from an old-fashioned cattle roundup from Plain City to Willard.
About another dozen people helped out in their trucks Sunday.
Rancher Ken Jackson, who owns Pleasant Plains Ranch in Plain City, decided to retire and sell off his 175 head of cows at the Anderson Livestock Company after 53 years in the business.
Livestock company officials decided it was less expensive, safer and easier to just drive the animals by horseback the six miles from the ranch to the sale barn than it would be to truck them.
"What great neighbors the Andersons are," Jackson said of their efforts to help him. "To say you are going to do something and have 30 people show up to help you, that's something."
While the free-labor volunteers said they enjoyed moving the cattle, mostly along a trail where railroad tracks used to be, they thought the going was a bit rough.
"We started this cattle drive, we was planning about six miles, which ended up 10 miles. We had some cattle break through some fences, and we had to go and round them up," said Joe Bunn, of Ogden, a volunteer for the cattle drive.
"I can imagine in the olden days, they had it a little more easier because the cattle were a little more wild and wanted to go straight instead of through corrals and fences."
"We had a couple of wrecks but nothing too bad," said Taylor Anderson, who organized the drive. "The cows didn't want to go down a few trails but nothing too bad."
Jackson said he didn't have anyone to whom to leave his operation, so when the cows are sold, it will be the end of an era for his operation.
"There's times you have to move on," said the retiring rancher. "Time has come."
The Andersons treated everyone in the roundup to a dinner afterward.
"It really is a lot like a celebration," Jackson said.
The cattle will be sold at auction today sometime after 9 a.m.
The Anderson Livestock Company is at 1251 W. 7800 South, Willard.