Monday, December 6, 2010

Bloody Mess

We took some of the older bulls to Stephenville yesterday to buck.  You really can't expect a whole lot when they had all been out in the pasture.  The husband picked some of them up last Saturday.  They had been at a lease pasture for about a year now.  A couple others were brought right off the pasture the day before.  None had been grained  so we didn't expect a lot of spring in their steps.  But we did want to see if they would even buck.  Trying to get rid of what we don't need and cut our feed bill.

Here was Gus.  He just came in off the lease place.  He's always been my favorite out of this bunch.

video

After the buckin' was done, we ran the younger bulls that had been at the lease thru the squeeze chute to tip their horns.  They were way too big and dangerous to leave.  Now, if y'all know me, then you know I HATE blood.  I try to make myself scarce when we tip. My theory is blood should remain in the body and not come out for viewing.  So while the husband and rent-a-husband did the tipping, I pushed the bulls up the alley.  I stayed behind all the spraying blood. UGH!

I ran out of batteries in my camera to get really good bloody shots for y'all yesterday.  So I raced home today to try and beat the sun going down in order to take some.  Of course, you don't get the same effect but here is what Gus looks like a day later.


He still had a nice pink hue.


Deuce just looks pitiful.  He had the longest horns of them all and was really bad at hookin' the other bulls.  I think he misses them!


Eyebrows is in the pasture with them.  He must have fought with them last night.  He was showing me his new dye job.

13 comments:

Shirley said...

Do you only tip the ones who might have a bucking career?

The Wife said...

Well, if we're going to take them to the sale barn, we usually won't tip them. But everything else, cows included get tipped for safety reasons. Safety for the other cattle and safety for us. And of course, the bulls must be tipped to compete. It's mandated even at the young competitions with just the dummy.

Kellys said...

Cows have horns???? Nevermind....
Poor Deuce....he looks ashamed of the way he looks...

Mikey said...

Send the husband this way, we need to do some of that too! I don't like it either.

City girl turned Country Girl said...

Okay so I'm not really knowledgeable in the *bull* category but that looks painful LOL! I don't blame you for steering clear of the blood spray!! But what must be done for safety must be done!!

Gail said...

There is much that is needed, but not so pretty to see on any farm operation.

Farmchick said...

Oh dear....Duece looks quite forelorn...poor guy. :)

CCC said...

Tippin' . . . yuck. They get pretty handy with the darn things though and the biggest guy with the biggest horns wins, hands down. So it is necessary, I can sure see why. Just a nasty job, like castrating; I always feel sorry for their pride after.

the Goodwife said...

Looks like Gus bucked pretty good for just coming off pasture, and he sounded nicely scary too! Tippin is just another unpleasant task that must be done to keep everybody safe! Horns and people don't mix and like you said, they are dangerous to the other cattle and animals as well!

Nicole said...

dang, I couldn't see the video at work. Hopefully I'll be able to catch it on my iPhone or something later today :)

Those poor bullies look so pitiful :) but they're so dang cute! shhh don't tell them I don't want to give them a complex ;) haha

Janet Phillips said...

you sound like Caleb....He's not much for blood either...me on the other hand, well I think anything like that is cool. I know I'm messed up but o-well

Vaquerogirl said...

I'll bet Deuces head felt lighter than air!

Do you remember that Sat Night Live episode where they spoofed Julia Childs and there was chicken blood spewing everywhere? Tippin is kinda like that...

fernvalley01 said...

I used to try very hard to be as far away from the dehorning as possible, we mostly have polled cattle now so its not a big deal arond here any more ,yay