The man who boarded his cows here all summer came to pick them up today. He was upset because he could not get in the yard the way he brought them, but there are 5 other gates to the farm and one of them should work for his long gooseneck livestock hauler! As it was, he was unable to get the cows into the loading area anyhow, not with hay, not with grain and not with a few shouts. They were having none of it. The whole summer the Highland cows have had the run of the quarter section, about 150 acres (minus the farmstead) and have enjoyed the pond and the bush immensely. Judging from the patties left behind, they have been most everywhere on the farm, from the north bush to the highway. This photo was taken of them along the driveway to the farm. I would like to own two Highland cows, but after today, seeing how stubborn they can be and how difficult it might be to handle them, I am having second thoughts. I do not have those steel panels to set up cow corals or a big livestock trailer. The small animals, like the sheep and goats, get rides in the back of the pick up truck under the canopy, but I guess it is not an option to stick a 2000 pound cow in there. I have enjoyed having these great beasts on the farm. They are gentle and approachable, but cautious and I think they are cute with the furry faces and long horns. But just maybe, they should belong to another farmer, eh?
Fluffy writes daily about the experiences on the farm and with the bed and breakfast patrons.