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Date:10/1/2014 9:20:25 AM
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It Happened Again: When Good Cows Go Bad
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Whew- were you as busy in TX as I was in MN? I had so much to do this weekend and not so much got done, hmmm. Did you get all your hay sorted? Dad's been busy chopping hay and round baling. Yea we have alot of old equipment, not like steel tires old but we rely heavily on "natural ventilation" versus AC in the tractors. And no, I don't pop in my favorite CD when I'm doing field work, I put on the ear muffs (and its still noisy!) They don't look as nice as those $200,000+ tractors but we can afford them! I have 50+ cows and Dad probably has about the same so we have to grow our own. I was buying hay the last 2 winters and while its nice cuz you can get whatever quality of hay you want- that ends up being ALOT of money! I don't know what hay is now, probably fairly "cheap" where its summer and there's not as much demand.

So, wanna hear my story? Friday we had a cold front go through and dropped the temps and a little rain. Saturday morning I was over at my dad's checking on the heifers. We had AI'ed (artificially inseminated) 3 of my beef heifers and I was checking for any signs of heat since breeding. I don't know what you know about cows but when they are in heat- ready to be bred- they will stand for another animal to mount them. So I put some heat detectors on their tailheads, if another animal (any animal, heifer, cow, bull, steer) mounts them and they stand still, the detectors will change color. Then you just walk out and see who has red on their tailhead and you know they have been in heat, which in this case would mean that they didn't get pregnant when we AI'ed them. OK, so I walk out by the round bale feeder, I have a coat on and my hood pulled up as its only like 55-60 with a pretty gusty NW wind (Brrr). I walk up to Red, my red holstein (they're not all black and white) and pet her head. Abby walks up and I pet her, too, and proceed to walk between them to look at the others. All the sudden I feel something kind of pushing on my back and I'm thinking "Is Abby doing that? She's never done that before." I look back and around my hood to see a white leg in the air!! I'm like "oh %&#*" as I grab for the feeder so I don't end up in the mud. Yep, Red was mounting me. Apparently she was coming into heat (she's still a little too small to breed @ 650lbs). Thats the 2nd time I've been mounted by one of my heifers. But it was funny to go to work and when the office girls asked about my weekend I told them I got mounted on Saturday. The looks on their faces was priceless;) Of course I explained, which I'm not sure if that was a good idea cuz I got more weird looks. Oh well they had a good laugh! Maybe I should rewrite the song "She thinks my tractor's sexy" and make it "My cow thinks I'm sexy" Uh, maybe not. I think you're giving me a weird look right now, aren't you?? Oh well!!:) I guess my cattle can be just as "loving" as your Paca boys!!

Well, I should go to bed, I just wanted to share that rath
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