posted on Oct, 8 2019 @ 08:18 AM
Right as the sun is coming up I decided to count cows. One cow-calf pair short. Great, just what I wanted to do this morning! (not) Wife heads out
in one direction in her car, me on foot trudging up over the hill in the other direction. Wife finds the calf, and it's outside the fence.
Normally, not too big of a deal, but not this morning. I look in the pasture the calf is in and it seems the neighboring ranch has put a bunch of
steers and a bull in the adjoining pasture. I hop the fence into that pasture and start walking the fence line. Yep, sure enough our bull, Jack, and
their bull must have got into it during the night. Up near the top of the hill the fence is completely down except for a top wire for about 150'
feet. Great. Mad scramble occurs trying to get our cows, calves and Jack into a different pasture before everyone gets mixed up and then we have a
big rodeo on our hands.
First, we've got to get the calf back to momma, so we just run her through the hole in the fence. Problem is, she's HUN-GRY! She must have been
out most of the day yesterday. We're trying to move the cows and all she wants to do is nurse which makes momma stop every few feet. Jack always
brings up the rear, so every time she stops, Jack stops. This gives Jack enough time to look back and see his adversary in the other pasture. He's
all worked up, slobberin' and growlin' the "Let's fight!" song... (if you've ever heard a bull do this it's memorable; it's the only
time they make this sound).
We finally get momma moving, poor calf is getting towed along like a trailer attached to her teet tryin' to nurse. We manage to get everyone in a
lower pasture so they're separated from the other steers and bull by a pasture between them.
Now I get to go fix fence, and it looks like it's gonna' take a while. Plus, I get to do it with steers and a foreign bull right on the other side
of the fence I'm tryin' to fix. It's supposed to snow tomorrow, so the fence has got to get fixed now. Just what I wanted to do today.
Feels like a Monday, on Tuesday. **sigh**