Wednesday, April 30, 2008

All in a Days Work

Sometime its really easy to tell which calves belong to which cows and other times its just not that easy since they don't "mother up" all the time. For instance, last time we were moving cows we had an little calf in the rear of the herd - he was less than a week old. He was having a VERY hard time climbing this steep hill, he was frightened, scared, shaking - in such an instance we usually turn back the momma and leave them behind and come back for them at a later date. We had a big debate on the side of the hill over which cow we thought was the mother - the calf was balling for its momma but none of the cows seemed the least bit interested. It was decided that we thought it was Cow #317 - well Hollywood2 turned the cow back to the calf but #317 wasn't the least bit interested in this little balling calf - she actually ran back up the hill with the other pairs. Then it was thought maybe one of those four cows that wouldn't cross the blacktop before we started up this hill could include her mother so Hollywood and I went back to herd those cows to some corrals and haul them to where we were driving the herd in an attempt to reunite the pair. The four cows that wouldn't cross the blacktop had already caused a great deal of trouble and we'd all cursed their bad behavior. As we herded them towards some corrals that Hollywood and I were unfamiliar with - it really didn't help that people kept stopping on road and take pictures of us which in turn would cause the cows to turn back on us. We got the cows corralled and rode back to the trailer. To be cont.

7 comments:

Kris said...

Oh my, hope you all got it figured out without alot of hassle, but these are cows! I think they think of different ways to make it exciting each time we are around them!!

threecollie said...

Waiting with bated breath to hear how you figured out whose calf it was. We have registered Holsteins and how I hate it when two calve at pasture and some cow steals both calves.

Pony Girl said...

I hope that little calf finds it mommy! Or better yet, his mommy finds him!! What's she doing, out shopping or something??! ;)

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

We used to have a hard time matching them up so we tag them all now. We only have 150 cows though, it's probably not an option for you.

Livet i träsket said...

Oh, what a wonderful blog! I love it and will return to read more about your cowgirl life!!

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

That is always such a pain.

The other day I had to call the neighbor because they had one newborn and two cows that wanted to be its momma, in the pasture next to ours. Both looked like they had just calved but I couldn't find the other calf. Thats a big pain too.

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