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Red Dead Redemption Mission Guide: "Women and Cattle"

by: Benjamin Sell ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

Your next mission from Bonnie MacFarlane introduces you to one of the staples of ranch life: herding cattle. You'll move a smaller herd to join the larger group of cows, then put the lot of them out to pasture.

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    "Women and Cattle"

    Bonnie MacFarlane   "Women and Cattle" starts, like most of the MacFarlane missions, by walking up to the yellow "X" in front of the MacFarlane ranch house. The mission starts with some more evasive conversation with Bonnie, but this time, John finally divulges a bit more personal information.

    He explains his shady past and his mission, and Bonnie begins to understand his previous reticence. Eventually, Bonnie breaks the serious tone of the conversation by asking John to assist in moving some cattle.

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    Herding at the MacFarlane Ranch

    Red Dead Redemption Cattle Herding   Head across the way and mount your waiting horse. Follow Bonnie out to the cow pen to get your first taste of herding.

    Move into position behind the herd to begin. Head to the yellow dot on your mini map or yellow "X" on the ground, then start moving the cows toward the open gate. The direction of the herd is indicated by the big blue arrow on your mini map. You can steer the herd by moving behind it on either side and driving the cows in the opposite direction. This first group of cows is small, and easy enough to herd.

    Push them out the gate to continue.

    Turn the herd to the left as you leave the ranch and follow Bonnie up the road. She'll lead the way, just stay behind the cows and make sure they don't get turned in the wrong direction by sweeping back and forth behind them. It's pretty much a straight shot up the road to the herd, so you shouldn't have much trouble getting them there.

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    Get Along, Little Doggies

    Herd Cows in the Red Dead Redemption Mission Women and Cattle   Once your small group of cows has rejoined the herd, you'll have to move the whole group out to the far pasture. Fortunately, this time you'll have a little help. Stay behind the herd, don't get too far to one side and don't overtake them, and you should be okay. Just keep an eye on the direction the herd is pointed in and make minor corrections to keep them headed toward the yellow waypoint when necessary.

    If they're moving a little slowly for you, you can always press "Up" on the D-Pad to shout and get them to move a bit faster. This will make them a little harder to direct, though.

    Pay careful attention on this mission, as you'll face a much tougher herding challenge a little later on and getting the hang of herding cattle can make it a lot easier on you.

    This mission is a short one, and you'll earn a few dollars and a sizable honor boost for completing it. Now you can head back to the ranch and get ready for Bonnie's next mission.

    For more mission walkthroughs, cheat codes, weapons guides, and more, check out our Ultimate Guide to Red Dead Redemption.

Red Dead Redemption Bonnie MacFarlane Missions

Your first contact in the world of Red Dead Redemption is Bonnie MacFarlane. Through her missions you'll learn the basics of the game and acquire one of your most valuable tools, the lasso. Full walkthroughs for each mission that you get at the MacFarlane Ranch.
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  2. Red Dead Redemption Mission Guide: "Obstacles in Our Path"
  3. Red Dead Redemption Mission Guide: "Women and Cattle"
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