Friday, April 3, 2015

Who Let the Cows Out? Moo Moo Moo Moo Moo!?!?!?!


Wednesday's little excitement reminded me I forgot to share this story with you.  It happened a couple weeks ago, right before Tall Guy came down with Influenza B, I had a major sinus infection, and we left for vacation.  Oy!  I am happy to report that we are both feeling so much better....I wish I could say the same for our yard.  Here you go....



Beef cattle

For Pete's Sake~!  This is a crazy tale, or tail depending on how you look at it.  Sigh.......  Now that the girls are a bit older, Tall Guy and I are starting to scoot out of the house now and then for some adult gatherings.  We only leave them for a couple hours, and they have been doing an awesome job of not killing each other or objects in the house.  This particular night was going to be one of those nights, but our awesome neighbor, Miss Wannie called and asked the girls to come hang down at her house and entertain the grandkids.  Tink and Bear LOVE Miss L and Mr. B, so off they went, and we gained a couple hours out.  Win Win right?     To a point.......

We had a great time.  Dropped the girls off about 5:00, and came home around 9:00.  As we turned off highway to head down our road, we hadn't gotten too far when Tall Guy started squinting at the road....

"What the HECK!  Someone has been driving out in the fields mudding~!" (Mudding, or Muddin' is an activity done with off-road vehicles that involves driving through some pretty wet, soft ground,  It tears the crud out of the land, covers said vehicles in mud, and should never be done in a farm field of any kind at any time.)

He was right.  About a mile from our house there was mud all over the roads, then we went through the intersection before going up the hill to our house, and his tune started to change.....

"Uh.....Oh......*&&*$#@!"

I said, "What?  Translation please?"

"THE COWS ARE OUT!!!!"

"Uh.....Oh......*&&*$#@!"  It's pitch black out, most of our cows are black, and about the only good thing was that we are down to 30 instead of our usual 100 or so.

We pulled into the drive, and it was a huge mess.  We drove through the barn lot, and it was a mud mess too.  Then we pulled over to our second lane, and saw at least one partial white face on a black cow....now to find the rest.

TG took me up to the house, I put Sadie in the garage, grabbed my "muck" boots and TG's truck, and headed down to Wannie's to get the kids and maybe some help.  When I got there and explained our urgent dilemma, Bear piped up with, "That's why we heard them bawling and carrying on!"

While I explained the fact that hearing the cows carry on is unusual and should be investigate if it should ever happen again, Mr. Mike was up and trotting to his 4-Wheeler, and his daughter and her husband were jumping in his truck.

I have to stop here and say Son-in-law was very excited about this development.  He was amazed to think that our cows might have been right behind him in his father-in-law's field, and he really wanted to catch a cow.  Yep, he is from the concrete part of our universe.

The good news in all this mess is that the cows were all gathered up in our back lot, visiting with the 4-H calves and were apparently ready to return to their lot.  The bad news came in the light of day. Our cows had gone a'wandering all over a good part of a mile!

Here's the story in pictures:

Going east from our house...

Looking west...

Down the road east to Wannie and Mike's.....


Mike's bean field just east of us.....


Directly across the road from our house heading north.......


The barn lot where we park equipment.  I mow this area!  Or at least I used to mow it.  My back hurts just looking at this mess!


West of the house in last year's wheat and bean field....


Heading further west......



Stopping for a water break in our waterway........


Just about a mile west of the farm now!



Behind the old garage heading toward the wood boiler.


These dudes weigh about 1200 pounds and made HUGE and DEEP tracks in our yards!


We are truly amazed that no one called or apparently saw them walking around God's many acres.  I guess we will put this down to all's well that ends well, BUT people around here need to start checking the gates they open!  Happily, I know these past two times were not on me, but I'm not cheering too loud because it can happen any time, day or night!  Just be careful as you drive by our place, and keep an eye out for large black/brown/and tan objects moving along the road!



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