Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Houdini and "A.F.L.E." (that's for you michael)
This morning was 'another ____ learning experience' on the farm!
We headed out at about 6am to the pasture where we had set up round pen panels a few days before for the bull and have been feeding hay in there to get the cows all accustomed to the panels .. so we could have a nice easy load when it this morning came and the time for us to move red boy off the farm ... now I will say this is NOT the first time we have loaded a cow in a trailer in fact we where feeling like we were pretty darn prepared ...
- had the trailer backed up to the panels - check
- had the doors set just right so we could close them as soon as the bull loaed up -check
- had the holding pen lashed down with t-posts just in case the bull tried to go under the panels - check
- had hay in there so everybody was calm and comfortable- check...
so not once, not twice, but three times we got the bull in the holding pen the other cows sorted out and three friggin' times he decided that going under the panels that are lashed to t-post pounded into the ground was better than going into the trailer! ... hummm -(still not sure how that guy fit under there and manged to lift up the whole darn pen and get under) ...
.... after that last time red boy wasn't going anywhere near the holding pen and was giving us some serious stink eye... and Brian and I needed to walk away and calm down and think... being amped up around cows is just a bad idea they are sooo sensitive you need to be very calm... so we thought about things.. and went back and flipped the panels upside down!! nice thinking brian - it was pure genius!! this way that top bar was on the ground and he couldn't get his nose under there and lift up the pen like he was doing! and there's no more spot for that bull to squeeze his big head ... and so this time with in a very short time we got he and haley into the trailer .. now she was not invited to prineville with the bull so with a little luck and good timing we sorted her out of the trailer with out loosing red boy who's new name is Houdini! so by 8:55 am one bull in the trailer!!! and I was ready for a drink!