Do Cows Know It’s Christmas?


A photo of Sandy Bates BellOur cows must not know it’s Christmas, or else they would have not behaved so badly these past few weeks! It all started innocently enough ... my cowboy and his business partners (mom and sister) decided it was time to move the herd from the farm where we live, to the wide open spaces of the Antioch property. In anticipation, all the border fencing had been repaired except for an area that was considered swamp and flooded. There was fence back there, it’s just that a normal human being would have trouble getting to it, so the assumption was ... so would the darn cows.

Lucky-La-Moo our newest bottle fed calf.

The night before the herd was to be worked (branded and ear tagged) and moved, we were able to trick most of them with sacks of treats and corral them into the barn. This would make it much easier once our hired cowboys (former NFL football players) would arrive the next morning. Brahmans are good cattle till they think someone is about to corral them, they become as agile as gazelles and nothing keeps them in. BUT, so far so good that is, until the other cowboys arrived.

Lucky the Brahman calf and Sandy Bates Bell.

We had a plan, or so we thought. The bottle fed babies were going to stay with us at the farm. The young bulls were on the way to the sale barn, and the calves that needed weaning would stay on the farm a few more weeks but then join their mommas at Antioch along with our breeding bulls. Seemed easy enough ...

Not so, my cowboy’s sister all of a sudden gets sentimental and does not want some of her registered ones to go to the other property for fear of theft. They get a reprieve and get to stay in the back pastures. So, now we are splitting the herd in half and only some of them will be placed at Antioch.

Robyn Dolan
12/30/2009 12:47:48 PM

ROFL!! This is one of those better you than me moments. This has happened to us one or two times - NOT - more like a dozen. Good thing your neighbors are relatives. Around here we have to round up the escapees before they "disappear". Ah, the never ending chore of fence maintenance...

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