cow pollinater wrote:I think I've owned a few of her relatives. The one that sticks out in my mind is the old slick cow that I managed to get into the corrals with a few of mine. She was probably ten years old and had never been in the corrals and was a leftover from the guy I bought the place from three years prior. I started to think I might be in trouble when I tried to stick a rope on her after failed attempt number five to sort her out and she crawled up on my horse with me... Finally got her in the lane and tied her to the trailer and she broke my rope and went over the fence back into the main pen. I finally decided to shoot her because I was NOT turning her back out. I went and got a rifle out of the truck and she charged me when I came back and flopped over dead before I could even get a shot off.
You need to take one of those low stress cattle handling seminars....you gave the old girl a heart attack.
In past years a few big outfits up here used to hold every cow that lost a calf for whatever reason in big pastures with bulls. Around the end of August these cows hit the sale ring and sold by the pound and I’d become the proud owner.
They got a preg check, looked over for feet, bags and eyes.
The ones that didn’t make the grade went back to the sale ring, the “good” ones stayed.
Life was interesting and you knew you had a good one when you turned her out of the squeeze chute and she’d spin around and nail the guy running the head gate.