Quick update – i moved my cows et al to a temporary paddock i set up with electric netting (although it wasn’t electrified for this event, the cows are trained and respect it) and the bull had stayed nearby during the night and with some patience and quiet handling using Bud Williams Stockmanship techniques, i was able to not only ease the blind bull from the 20 acre paddock through a 16 foot gate, but with a bit more time walked him all the way to the corral and in. However, i had to do this mostly from my Gator with a/c on; the ragweed allergy (yellow pollen) was horrible and i was suffering.
I called Dallas and he came up with the trailer and, together, we loaded him easily. In the morning, i will doctor him for his bad eyes and spray him with natural fly repellent to give him some relief.
Thankfully, i discovered he could see a bit – very close up only, but at least that keeps him from running into fences and gates. Today was a lot of handling and being by himself the whole time and sorted away from cows, yet he remained calm and well behaved.
Weaning calves later than i had planned, but weather always trumps the best laid plans. Despite there being a chance of rain, the temperatures are warm enough to take the chance to wean my 10-11 month old calves – about time, their mommas could use a rest before calving again as soon as the 15th of April.
With sun shining, using my best Bud William’s stockmanship, I moved the cows forward about 1/2 mile – mostly on foot because of the mud everywhere and having to cross three deep ditches complete with sucking mud as footing. So, although the move was slow, the cows and calves cooperated nicely and eventually all rolled into the corral, where i then began sorting cows from calves. About half done Dallas came up to help finish sorting. Was very glad for his help given that i’d logged about 29,000 steps in my tall rubber Lacrosse boots. Without a doubt those boots are NOT made for walking. At least not that much. (Hand ‘n Hand Livestock Solutions for discovering stockmanship skills)
The sounds of fenceline weaning the first night.
My husband has weaned his calves these past two days as well. The weather is cooperating nicely.
This is a direct quote from an article I read awhile back.
“The name of an article in a non-farm magazine was “Gulf hypoxia thought to be caused by agricultural run off.” Yet this year it was 33% the predicted size and no one knows why science failed to be right.”
No, it was not that science failed to be right, it was that they guessed wrong, and that is not science. Guessing is what people who have an agenda “call” science. Science is when something is studied until they know that it is right and it can be proved. There is so much guessing about things in the future that to try and make the guessing legitimate they call it science, and then try to have it accepted as proven.
This is much like the livestock markets. Most people want to guess what the prices will be in the future. These guesses often fail to be right then it is blamed on something else. Always deal with real things not guesses or hopes. The things that are real are today’s prices not what they may be in the future. There is one thing about today’s prices, they are easy to prove. That must be very scientific. It will be very hard to prove that prices in the future are right until we get there, that must not be very scientific.
Bud Williams died a few years ago, but his thoughts, videos, and stockmanship teachings are kept available by his wife and daughter at stockmanship.com. There is a massive amount of information necessary for becoming competent and improving at developing relationships with animals and people.