Saturday, September 13, 2008

Hurricane Ike

I never thought living in Central Texas, I would experience a hurricane. But today, we did. Luckily, it went more to the east then origanally expected. The weather peeps had thought the eye would come pretty much over our place but that didn't happen. We just caught part of the outer bands. We've only had tropical force winds instead of category 1 hurricane winds.



Even with tropical winds, our power went out about 9am this morning. We were out trying to make a shelter for the calves in the pen. We managed to get some tarps up along the fence to cut the wind and rain. Got soakin' wet in the process. And the little turds aren't even using the shelter! Here's what they look like right now......



Now, if they would go to the other side of the pen, the wind and the rain would be blocked, but nooooo, they can't do that.

We also had to go to town this morning to pick up a cow and calf at the sale barn. By the time we reached the sale barn, the tarp on the top of our stock trailer was shredded. It was flapping down the side. So once we got there, we had to cut the remaining shreds off.

But back to the cow and calf we picked up. This is a strange story. We sold the cow back in March. The guy that bought her brought her back with a bull calf. Some guys at the sale barn recognized our cow and called the husband. Said the cow had a nice little bull calf on her side and thought we would want to know. The husband asked them to bid on her and buy her back if the price was right. He figured that it was so weird how she and the bull calf came back to us, we'd better buy them back. The cow didn't have our brand on her and the husband cut her ear tag out before we sold her. So it was just odd that she made it back to us. The bull calf is out of a bucking bull we had bred with earlier this year. The husband plans on bucking the calf towards the end of the year and see what he does. If he bucks, we'll keep him, if not, it will go back to the sale. Me, I think he'll buck. Why else would he have been brought back into our life?

6 comments:

Bekah said...

sorry probably a really stupid question...my experience with cows is limited to you know...burgers. A bucking bull does what exactly? I mean..is this like...bucking in the regular use of the word?

Im not even sure how to ask the question? Hahaha Im really tired...so that might have something to do with this inability to understand right now.

The Wife said...

Hey Bekah! The husband and I raise bucking bulls for rodeos. If you have ever been to a rodeo or seen one on tv, we raise them to sale for the bullriding. We breed them to buck. The better they buck, the more money they are worth. Does that help you out?

Oh, and some people think you have to hurt them in some way to make them buck. That is a myth. We don't inflict any pain whatsoever on them. Just FYI.

the husband said...

Just to add to that. We dont make them buck, we breed them to buck. We take cows that buck and breed them to bulls that buck. This is a long process that starts when they are calves. These calves buck because it's in there blood and they love it. You can't force a bull to buck. And no they are not crazy or mean. Well some are but that's not what we are looking for. If you have good bloodlines and they want to buck, they will. If not they'll be hamburger and steak. Just like Boss Hog.

kdwhorses said...

Glad you all survived Ike! I'm sure glad it is all over!

How cool that she made it back and with a bull calf too boot! Hoping he's a bucker!!!

The Wife said...

Look at that Bekah, you ask about bulls and the husband comments!

Mikey said...

I agree, the bull is meant to come back to you. Glad you made it thru the Hurricane ok!! Very scary stuff!!