Thursday, June 2, 2011

Them cows are gone.

This is a picture of my daddy. My daddy is walking through the mucky muck. 
This is what we were doing all day yesterday. 

It was a sunny day, which unfortunately this year has been a rare thing.
But, instead of soaking up the sun (like I'm sure most Manitobans were doing...) I was playing in the muck. Although it may seem disgusting, I was having the time of my life!
Not because I like playing in the muck, nor because I like getting dirty... but because we were working with the cows. And I love working with the cows!

This year has been rough for the calves because of the living conditions of our corral. All the mud and muck has been accumulating for so long because of all the rain that we have been getting. So, it didn't matter how difficult it was going to be to waddle through all the mud to chase the cows into the trailer, it didn't matter that we were all covered in muck by the time that we were done for the day. It just needed to be done. And we got er' done!
And all 2 bulls, 29 cows and 28 calves are happily munching grass in their new happy home.

I learned a couple of things...

  • First is that it was not a good idea to wear mom's rubber boots when you are chasing cows in muck that is almost up to the knees (K, I'm exaggerating a bit, I didn't go knee high.... could have, but chose to stay away from those areas.... there were a couple of "overflow" moments though, and mom wasn't very happy.)
  • Second is that if I get stuck when while cows are being chased and there are no sympathetic moms around, I'm on my own until the cow is done being chased. (I learned that the second time I got stuck while mom wasn't around, fortunately I was able to eventually get out on my own :)
We let our milk cows Clarabelle (due in September), Lonnie (taking a break) and Sweet Clover (to be bred for the first time), out to pasture as well. The cows that were left at home were not at all happy! They knew what their friends were up to and were upset that they were missing out! They still haven't forgiven me yet... but hopefully they'll settle down soon :)

It is so fun watching the cows go free into the pasture as they run and jump and start eating the fresh green grass. It is one of the greatest feelings ever!
My "cow job" is now pretty much finished (unless of course the cows break through the fence... or something like that :) until them cows come home in fall!

Malachi 4:2
But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.

Mom will have some more pictures of our "cow hauling day" later.


kmwiebe said...

Haha. Sounds fun. Although the one time I stayed at your house, I was pretty grossed out by the muck. XD

Jenny's writings said...

Kaitlin ~ Was that the time that Hayden got his boot stuck in the muck and he took off running without it? :) Oh, fun times :)

Anonymous said...

What a big job to do! I wish I could have been there to help you, my dear:) but a bit of distance stands between us:(

Thanks for sharing your day!!!

<3 Forever, Lizzy