I know I just posted, but this was too much not to share! OK, so we have the meat and are waiting for Lorene and Joel to come pick it up. We take a trip to town, and as usual, take as many errands as possible in one go to prevent future trips. We couldn’t get the groceries, so we’ll have to go again today-sigh, because they were here waiting for us with the gate locked. They get their meat and drive into the pasture to pick up Butty. He’s not halter trained and laid down immediately when we started to pull him. The halter’s a calf halter and stiff rope and I’m afraid will cut into his skin if I pull too hard, so dragging is out of the question.
Pull, wait, pull, wait…he gets up eventually. At this point, Fargo-the bull-realizes what is going on as the trailer is opened and Butty is being halter-drug. He is NOT happy as he has begun a friendship with Butty of late. He starts running around bucking and mooing and throwing a fit and quite frankly, beginning to concern me. I make Marcus stay in the hay (it’s contained with coral panels) and NOT come out. Betsy and Booger begin to throw fits as well. Now, this picture doesn’t do it justice, I need a more recent one, as their horns have grown even more, and Fargo is a bit older and more…comfortable around us.
Now, I know they’re laying down, but you’re out at night and they are MAD. Don’t tell me that isn’t intimidating. Oh no, I’m in the middle pulling Butty from the barn to the trailer, Fargo’s acting up and eventually squares me off blocking me from the trailer. Lorene just walks up to him, “Shoo, go on now, shoo!” Even Arlis told her to stop. Now Arlis was afraid of cows in the beginning, he’s really come a long way. It was mainly the horns, but he’s realized they can be helpful when grabbed and used to direct the cow. But they shoo Fargo who is circling me like cannibals at the cooking pot and finally stops behind me. So here comes Lorene.. “No! No!, Now you stop that!” She has her finger up, her hand on her hip, and everything!!
Don’t get me wrong, I think highly of her for this, but one does wonder where her bravery comes from. It certainly made me feel the coward. We finally got him in. Joel lifting his rump and me pulling his front, and Butty purposefully falling all the time, “I will NOT! I WON’T I WON’T I WON’T!” Betsy bullies Baby now, Fargo is displeased, and Booger is the obedient child that stands around and says nothing. Baby will eventually get much taller than they are, and hopefully be able to stand up to them. In the meantime, we guard her every morning and evening as she gets the grain and the others stand around waiting for us to turn our backs. When Baby’s had enough, Arlis lets Betsy get what’s left as she is pregnant and STILL NURSING BOOGER!!! We have yet to figure that out.
Now, doesn’t your morning traffic seem boring?