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For Rhonda

March 18th, 2011 · No Comments · Cows, Life on the farm

I have this friend in California and she lives in the city.  She’s a city girl.  I love torturing her by describing the activities here on the farm and I especially love talking about how I am knee deep in shit every day because there’s just nothing better for Rhonda than to have a good laugh at the thought of me knee deep in shit every day.

Rhonda’s a little strange.

Shhhh, don’t tell anyone.

Sometimes Rhonda and I will be talking on the phone and I’ll just toss something out there, forgetting that she lives in a city with concrete paved roads, tall buildings, and all that city stuff, and she’ll say, “Wait, wait, wait.  Go back a minute.  You had a beaver in your driveway?”  You know, stuff like that.  So then I have to explain the beaver-in-the-driveway story and hope I don’t stun her with some other country hillfolk slip-of-the-tongue in the process.

Anyway, so I know Rhonda loves stories about Our Sweet Little Innocent Cow, Sparky and decided to pull up and re-post a couple of her favorites.

This one was posted in March, 2010 but begins with a post from April, 2008. (Are you confused yet?  You’re welcome.)

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To refresh your memory, I made this post in April, 2008 ~~

This is a 10 month old cow, Sparky. Sparky needs to quit nursing. Sparky does not want to quit nursing. Her humans decided to force the issue and prepared for the event with an electric fence. Sparky broke through the electric fence, ran back to mama, and laughed at humans. 

This is a corral panel.  Notice the smooth straight lines.   Also notice the panel is attached to several others which form a nice roundpen. Humans put Sparky in the roundpen which Sparky promptly lifted high HIGH above her head and ran back to her mama.  Sparky laughed at humans.  Again.

This is a 150 lb boulder.  It’s very heavy.  Humans shortened the roundpen length to only four panels making a nice small square home for Sparky.  Humans anchored the panels to corner posts of a strong fence-line and the boulder.  Sparky began lifting the pen so one human went for more boulders and one human stood on the panels to weigh it down.

Sparky lifted the panels, the boulder, and the human and ran back to mama.  Sparky laughed at humans.  Again. 

The panel bent like butta and one human was thrown to the ground in a humiliating display, landing in a cow patty.  Sparky continued laughing at humans.  Again.  One human threatened to send Sparky to the locker.   Sparky just laughed more. 

Humans called professional cattleman, Floyd Nickle, for advice.  Floyd loaned humans four solid pipe panels that have contained 900 lb. steers.  If these don’t contain Sparky she’ll be led down the road to a catching pen.  Stay tuned for updates.

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(This begins the post from March, 2010)

We finally solved the weaning problem but last year when I was scheduled for my hysterectomy we realized I wouldn’t be able to pitch hundreds of pounds of hay everyday so we purchased round bale feeders.  They make them for livestock.  They understand livestock.  These bale feeders are put in pastures with hundreds of cows or even bulls and they work just great.  The one we had in the pasture with eight horses was in perfect condition nearly a year later.

No so with the one we put in with Sparky.

Apparently she didn’t like the pretty round bale holder so this is what she did to it.

It used to be in one piece.

Now it’s not.

Sparky is one step closer to becoming part of my freezer inventory.

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(And this is the current day’s post.)

As you know, Sparky finally did one thing right a month or so ago and presented us with a beautiful little heifer named Fillet who frolics in the pasture with TBone.  Do you see the pattern in naming them?  Although frolicing calves in the pasture is nothing short of an adorable site, I do my best to avoid paying too much attention to them or getting involved in any way because they’re named Fillet and TBone for a reason.  Besides, they act like cows are suppose to act and don’t appreciate humans scratching on them like my sweetie Moo.

Here’s a current shot of Sparky out in the front winter pasture.
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She’s finally grown into a monster of a cow and towers over Moo and our bull, Brownie.  And truthfully, she is a gorgeous cow.  That Angus in her really came out and she has a lovely, long beautifully shaped head.

We’re fixin’ to move Moo and Sparky to the back pasture in the next week or so and keep them separated from Brownie for a couple months to avoid winter calves next year and that’ll also get Fillet and TBone weaned at a decent age so we don’t have to go through all that crap I just posted about.  Gee, moving mamas away from their calves and their bull.  Nah, nothing could go wrong there!

Stayed tuned!

 

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