John spent a lot of time this morning enlarging the chute so he can drive this bull into a trailer to take him to market. His son has about reached his Dad's size and there is another smaller bull in the wings so its about time for Big Boy to move along. He is old and his teeth seem to be gone. I know it sounds bad and what if we old people were put out to pasture like that but that is just the way the cattle business is. You just can't keep them all for pets. Anyway John had to move the corner post over so he can go easily and peacefuly through the chute to the trailer. The corner post is a railroad tie and hard to handle so John dug around it and pushed it over to make the opening wider for him at the top. Then we put cement down in the hole. Sure I helped, I ran water in the hole with the garden hose after he poured ready-mix in the hole. There are lots of corner post on this place made from railroad ties. The railroad used to run at the front of the property along side the farm-to-market road. The original owner must have been allowed to buy the ties or they were given to him. They are strong post that will last almost forever. Speaking of the big bull and his son---one of them must have knocked one of the old cows down. We found her beside a mesquite with her calf by her side and she can't get up. John thinks that is what happened because it has happened before with old cows. John has been taking cubes, hay, and water to her and she still has a good appetite. Her calf grazes in the field and then comes back to his mama and stands by her. He can't nurse so John has been bringing food to the calf too. John has closed the gate to this field so the other cows cannot come in and take the food from the poor old cow and her calf.