Today was not the most productive and had some frustrations, but Yah is good all the time and no one is hurt or killed. That’s a good day when mustering in all one’s cows and sorting off 8 bulls. Granted, only 4 of them are mature 1500-1800 lb bulls, even yearling age bulls can get cranky and hurt you in a heartbeat.
The frustration was only in that it was hot and the cows moved slow like pushing water uphill and that one bull was missing. Completely, i looked and drove and walked a few ditches, but i knew it was a waste of time because of the heat – no doubt he was hidden down under some brush somewhere.
I did have another small group (24 head) located about a mile from the corral, but i had already set up tapes, so once they finally decided to go to the right corner of their paddock, they moved easily albeit slowly to the corral. Sorted off that bull and let the cows back out. The bugger was that i found one of those expensive cows i’d purchased from Ohio in the middle of the field – fat, slick, and dead. I hate that! Haven’t a clue what happened. Wasn’t located to make sense that she was struck by lightning. Maybe had a heart attack or something, it has been incredibly hot and humid and although she was a young cow, some just can’t hack it.
Called Dallas and he hooked onto the trailer and came up. Kudos to him for backing the tricky curves to the load out. Too muddy today to pull in and around, so he had to back all the way from the sealed road and make two sharp turns whilst backing. Nailed it both times! He helped me load the first bulls going back to pasture to use next year and i rode with him to make sure all went well. We went back up for the two bulls that will sell in a bit once they gain a few pounds and maybe the price comes up a bit.
Sorry no photos, but when i’m sorting bulls from cows and calves, then sorting the bulls for each load, then loading, i do not want to be distracted by taking photos.
The good news is that by this time it was starting to cool off and i went to look for the lost bull again and there it was up and headed in the right direction. Sadly, completely blind, so i eased it in through the gateway towards the cows and shut the gate (single strand bungee electric). It was getting dark, so i decided to leave the cows in the corral paddock so he could continue towards them by listening and smelling. Hopefully, in the morning he will be near enough that i can help him find a 16 foot opening. This is not a handy thing, but i have a plan on how to accomplish moving the cows out of the way to give me plenty of time to coerce the bull without any opportunity of him getting in with the cows.
But if tomorrow’s plan goes as well as my plans for today, it could be a long day.
Long, slow, hot day, but by and large it went okay – well, except for the expensive dead cow. 😦