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Sparky’s been a bad, bad girl. Again.

March 24th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Cows

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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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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