Monday, October 25, 2010

Catchin' Cows

We finally managed to catch our cows and calves at our lease place this weekend.  The day started with several delays.  First we had a bad tire on the trailer.  Figured it best to change it now rather than after it's loaded down with cows.  Then one of the guys that was going to help out called to say it was raining at his house so he wasn't coming.  Well, that took away a spare trailer we were planning to use.  Once we finally left the house and made it down the road a mile or so, we realized we left Harley outside.  We turned around in a plowed field and came back to put him in the house.  FINALLY, we got on the road.

Met Rent-A-Husband in the small town near our lease.  Dropped our trailer and left him there.  Our cattle spook very easy and we had to get them caught.  Thus no new faces or trailers allowed until we had them penned.  Got to the lease and it was still dry.  Called the cattle up and managed to get all but one caught.  She actually jumped out of the pen and kicked over the Husband's head gettin' the heck out of there.  So we let her stay. ;o)

 Neighbor's cows were watchin' the goings on.



I hung out with the cows as the Husband went to get the trailer and RAH.  No major issues sortin' or loadin'.  Got two trailers full and left some penned to get on the next trip.  Took everything we had on to the house.  Once home, we sorted what we had penned there, bulls out to pasture, Mojo in his pasture, couple calves in the lot by the barn, cows in the arena.  Then unloaded everything in it's appropriate place except the calves.  We thought we may be able to beat the weather and buck them that afternoon.

Husband and I went back to the lease to grab the last cows.  RAH took the calves to BW's house where we planned to buck them.  As Husband and I pulled into the lease, weather was taking a turn for the worse.  Got backed up to the pen and the bottom fell out.  Husband told me to get in the truck, he could load by himself. So I jumped in.  He came back soaking wet.  Had to put the truck in 4 wheel drive to get to the gate.  I jumped out to get the gate cause the Husband had to pull out onto a highway and get off the road.  In the time it took me to open/close the gate and run to the truck, I was drenched!  Water was running off my cap.  Not a dry spot on me.

We drove thru the storm to BW's place.  Got there and it wasn't raining.  BW gave me a jacket cause I was freezing and we went down to the arena.  As they all got out to look at the arena, the bottom fell out there!  We decided not to buck the calves and loaded them back up.



We took them to another set of BW's pens and left them there for the night.  You know what, as soon as we unloaded them, it stopped raining.  Didn't rain another drop!  The Husband and I drove back home and unloaded the cows we had on our trailer.  Finally got in the house a little after 8pm.

Sunday morning we went back over to BW's to buck the calves.  Stay tuned...

9 comments:

The Wife of a Dairyman said...

It never fails does it?! As soon as you make the decision to quit and call it a day because of the weather, the clouds part and the sun comes out. Hope your Sunday morning was a good one:)

LindaG said...

Sounds like you were all safe, anyway.
Have a great week!

the Goodwife said...

Gracious woman! That doesn't sound like a fun weekend! Nothing worse than a cold rain!

Sydney_bitless said...

woo I bet that was a muddy mess. Hey we have almost the same trailer. The same size and looks only a featherlite.

AKPonyGirl said...

It's snowing here. That would be worse.

Growing Up A Country Girl said...

What a weekend - and that pouring rain! Hope you didn't catch a cold --

Gail said...

I know it threw a kink in the operation, but rain is a good thing, especially around here...we are so dry!

Nicole said...

That's usually how the weather has it planned :)

Janet Phillips said...

Goodness girl....your cattle experience sounds a lot like what happens arround here. I hope it's dryin' out over there now...we have been been missin' all those rains. They've been goin' around us which means now rest just yet.