Cow Handling Tip of the Day

Although I posted this photo yesterday, I thought I might explain a bit of what’s happening.

Sometimes cows can be very thrilled to be put out on fresh grass… and forget they have a calf.

Sometimes cows can be thrilled it’s springtime… and forget they have a calf.

Sometimes cows can be … mmm… like some humans… a little spacey… and forget they have a calf.

Some calves are very young and haven’t learned to follow their mommas… and lose them.

Some calves can be thrilled it’s springtime… and lose their mommas.

Some calves can be spacey like their moms, and although they may be within 20’ of one another, they have no clue where their moms are… or where they themselves are!

If the calves are young enough, and you’re fast enough… you can bail off your horse and catch the calf by one of its hind legs.  Since the calf then thinks that a wolf is trying to eat them… they bawl for momma.  Loudly.  Desperately.  Hearing that fear laden bawl will get every cow checking on where her calf is… (Tip 1a:  Don’t do this when completely surrounded by cows.  You will have them in your back pocket!)

Guess what?

Spacey Mom and baby are reunited safely… no predators in sight.

I was a split second late with my photo… but now you have the complete story behind this cow handling tip of the day!


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