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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Cattle Working Day

We went to the ranch to get everything ready to work cattle tomorrow. Closing gates, opening gates, sometime I don't know what John is doing and why. The cowboy with his horse will be there early. We haven't seen the visiting longhorn lately that the cowboy is supposed to give a ride home in his trailer. Suspiciously one of John's new cows and her calf has been missing too. She is a wild one. John and I played this little scenero in our minds. We decided Ms. Longhorn had lured John's cow and calf home with her. Telling them the groceries were better where she came from. Luring them through the fence where we presume she crawled through. We went hunting them down clear to the back of the back forty. What to our wondering eyes did appear but the wild cow with her calf near the fence which was seperated as if the longhorn had seperated it with her long horns and crawled through. Wild cow doesn't have any horns. When she saw us she ran as far and as fast as she could with her baby in hot pursuit. When she felt safe she stopped to look back then went on and we didn't see her again. John did a little fence repair and then we drove along the fence looking for breaks. When we got near the dry creek bed I spotted the cutest donkey on the next property. There was two of them when I looked closer, the kind that have the cross on their back. We stopped to talk to them, they came near the fence. Probably hoping for a hand out which we had nothing to feed them. Tomorrow the cattle will be put into the pens for vacinations and to load any John decides to sell. He has to be very careful to give all the baby calves their shots on this place as for some reason they sometime get blackleg here and it isn't a good disease. Nice weather here today, not too hot or not too cool but we're still praying for rain.

17 comments:

Karen said...

OK, I give up. What is blackleg?

Rose said...

I'll pray for rain for you too!

Missy said...

I'm glad that you found the cows!

I'd like to know what blackleg is as well.

Gerry said...

I was hoping you would get some good rain from the storm I sent your way this past week. I guess it did not reach far enough. I thought about you guys when Bones the toughest bull on the rodeo circuit got ridden this week by what I think was a Texas bullrider. That is the only place I see real bulls now is when I watch bull riding on TV. I watch golf for green pastures. But you guys have the real thing so I read your blog for authenticity and because it always brings back memories of ranch life in southern Utah.

madcobug said...

I hope he gets them all rounded up so he can give those shots to those babies. Helen

Alan said...

Wow, that is country talk. Sure beats sitting in Houston traffic! "What to our wondering eyes did appear..." You gave me a Christmas carol flashback.

Alan

Kath said...

Happy to read you found the cows Paula.I had to laugh when you said they ran so fast LOL!!Blackleg I am not sure of never heard of it,prayers all goes well.I love donkeys.Take Care God Bless Kath xx

garnett109 said...

Ok What's Black leg?

sober white women said...

We have a marine tha talks about all of this kind of stuff, but I still don't understand it all! LOL
I hope everything goes well.
Kelli

Ally Lifewithally said...

Paula I am glad you found your Cows ~ have you now got them back ? ~ I love Donkeys too ~ I love your trips down to the Ranch they are always interesting ~ Ally x

Shirl 72 said...

Read that wild cow the right act and tell her
she must not run but let her baby get ready to
meet people. How cute that you saw two donkeys they are sweet animals. I am learning
so much about living on a ranch. Maybe someday I will be a cowgirl. I do have a friend that is from Texas.

Shirl

Ora said...

well when I was a kid...I had blackleg from time to time...usually after I walked thru a mud puddle or bog...but something tells me your "kids" (calves) this isn't the same thing...right??? LOL...life on the ranch is sure fun to read about...but I wouldn't wanna live there....hope you get the rain you need...God Bless...hugs...Ora

Carlene Noggle said...

ok ...do not want to know what black leg is...sounds awful...Hope John gets to give the shots...Take care,
love,
carlene

Missy said...

Ms. Paula,

I got your card today. I just wanted to say thank you! I hadn't checked my PO BOX in a while so I'm sure I'm late picking picking it up... It means a lot though.. Thank you!

*HUGS*

Alice said...

Hope you get some of the rain we've been having. We needed it, too :).....

Lisa said...

I'm glad the cows & baby are now accounted for. I dread when we work the buffalo - I don't like to see them so stressed out going through the chutes but I know it needs to be done for their own health. I hope all went well with working the herd for you guys.

Janie said...

Boy! We need rain here too really bad. Janie