I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Cattle are like kids! They’re nosey, mischievous, and down right funny. Lately the new bull we bought last year has been acting up, which is typical for a youngin’.
Here on the farm we rotate the cattle from pasture to pasture. The cattle herd consist of the 20 cows, a bull, and baby calves until they’re weened. Each pasture has it’s pros and cons, but one pasture in particular is a challenge with either our bull or the neighbor bulls.
I learned quickly from My Farmer that cattle, especially bulls, aren’t contained by fence. They can get through or jump over it at any given time. Cattle are usually willing to stay contained, but if the grass is greener on the other side and they want it bad enough they will go over it or in a bulls case trample it down.
When we had our old bull he behaved himself and it was the neighbor bulls that were the problem. They would trample the fence down to get to our cows, especially if they were in heat. There have been many a times where the neighbor bulls come over to visit, and boy is it a pain to get them back through the part of the fence they smashed. So My Farmer usually has to cut more fence down, and herd the neighbor bull back to the other side or load them up in the livestock trailer and take them home.
Now that we have a young bull we’re having problems. He recently learned that their are neighbor bulls and he’s been picking fights with them. He’s picking fights by yelping, not mooing, and making all kinds of eerie sounds to get their attention. When he does get their attention they start pawing at the fence and butting heads through the fence. What a bunch of BIG play babies! Well the other night he didn’t get their attention so he trampled the fence and went next door to find them. Bad boy!!
Thankfully the neighbor farmer let us know, and off we went to pick up the bad boy. Needless to say My Farmer wasn’t surprised in the least, but pissed at the bull. He took the livestock trailer over to pick him up, returned home, and left the bull in “time out” in the trailer. Bad boy!!
Granted the bull was just acting on instinct, which is something you have to respect. Respect is key when raising any kind of animal, and here on this farm they not only get respect but they’re spoiled brats too.
What animal antics are funny to you?