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Monday, May 5, 2014

Day Trip

Oh no not a day trip for us, we don't have time. The young bull is going to the vet early tomorrow. No he isn't sick or hurt. He is going to have his manhood tested to see if he is worthy of staying on with the cow family. If he is good to go this will tell if he will take the place of the big old bull. Then who knows? John may decide to keep them both if they don't fight too much. It's hard to believe how cool it is here in the mornings and how hot it gets in the afternoon but we're loving the cool mornings and appreciate them because we know they won't last. Yesterday we saw the first coyote we've seen in a while. He/she was in the area we have been seeing the Jackrabbits. Hope it wasn't looking for supper. John said as close to the house as he was my little cottontails may have a hard time surviving. I think I heard the coyotes are endangered now. I guess everything has to eat but I sure hate for the Jackrabbits and Cottontails to  be thinned out just when they are making a come back. John got a little too close to a cactus plant and guess who got to pick all those little thorns out of his arm? If it would have been the big ugly sharp ones I could see them. They are the little fine light soft ones that blend into the color of the skin. I have to have good light, my glasses, and a magnifying glass. Just one of the joys of ranching.


TexWisGirl said...

i HATE brushing against those tiny hairs of cacti! ugh! stays with you forever! :)

good luck, young bull. but i hate the idea of both fighting.

as for coyotes and bunnies, seems one population surges, the other diminishes. then back the other way every few years.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Hopefully the bulls do not fight and will get along harmoniously so that you can keep them both. And as far as the coyotes eating the Jackrabbits and Cottontails, that's the cycle of Mother Nature :)


Worried about those sweet cottontails. they are no match for a big ole coyote.

Jimmy's Journal said...

I don't know much about cattle ( aside from being chased off a good bass canal by longhorns) but when we had chickens there was only one cock of the walk.

We had one rosster challenge the ruler and they fought and fought. I tried cooling theem down by caging the younger for a day, but the moment I let him out, the fight to the death began anew.

Daddy cooked the younger one and that's all she wrote....


salemslot9 said...

I was reading this
to my John

"...guess who got to pick all those little thorns out of his ___?


my John said

Chatty Crone said...

Well I guess I hope the bull is a good bull! lol

And i know those splinters you are talking about!

The survival of the fittest.,..

S. J. Qualls said...

Interesting day, I don't envy you there working with the tweezers.
I hope the young bull works out!

jack69 said...

Those little ones are the ones I got playing too close to those little nasty things...

I hope the kid does well with the tests. I hope he has been studying!!
Our big HELLO to John and tell him he is supposed to be smarter than that! (smile)

Jon said...

The only thing worse than getting cactus thorns in your arm is having to pull them out. It's tedious work.

I hope the young bull can successfully prove his manhood (*smile*).

It was 100 degrees here on Monday and now another big windstorm is expected.


Living in the Sonoran Desert for over a decade, I learned this...and it works wonders---

Get a bottle of Elmer's Glue. When you get into cactus, spread the Elmer's glue on the area where the needles are in your skin...thick layer. Let it dry completely. Then, just peel it off...the cactus needles come out as you pull the dried glue off.