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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Choosing Cattle For Market

My husband approaches cattle ranching completely different than anyone I have ever known. 

He is out choosing which cattle will go to market.  Now, let me mention all our cattle are the same color and sometimes that makes it difficult to tell them apart especially if they have lost their tags. The cows do have names like Bob and Big Teats so he can tell them apart. I guess moving in a herd, it is more difficult to pick out Kim from all the other similarly colored ladies.

Hubby's solution...paint gun balls!  He is out shooting his cattle with bright yellow paint balls so he can cut them out easier come sale day...gotta love him. I am sure his cattle do. Although they didn't seem to mind, just a flinch and they kept on grazing.

19 comments:

~Tonia said...

HAHA!! That is great! Very creative thinking!

Judy said...

...not realizing what that twinge means, eh?

Country Gal said...

So funny ! Why! cause that would be exactly what my hubby would do as a tagging solution lol . Yes back in the day when I was on our farm as a child my father hated and dreded the day the cattle had to go to market ! Even though we knew thats what they were raised for it still bothered all of us ! We also named all of our animals, we had a mix of Herferds and Holstiens ! As well as sheep ! I miss the days on the farm but thatnx to your blog I feel like I am on the farm again !

Country Gal said...

We also had horses, rabbits, geese, banties, laying hens ,dogs and cats and the odd stray ! We Would like to have a hobbie farm one day of minuature Herferds, mini donkeys and ponies,

Barbara said...

He is very creative, such a good Idea, have fun, and may God bless your sales, hugs and blessings, Barbara

Nezzy said...

Works every time...we have a paintball gun for that purpose only.

Have a glorious day sweet Gail!

ellen abbott said...

Paintball. What is that called...creative adaptability?

Pat said...

So the cows think it's just a big ole black fly biting them? Nice.

I think it would be dangerous having a paint gun around me. Every time I'd get aggravated with Jim I'd shoot him. Believe me - being with him 24/7 in 400 sq. feet? He'd be covered in blotches!

Jules said...

LOL, adapt and survive, hubby not the cows. What happens if it rains? :D

Jules
Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Debbie said...

I think your husband is a good problem solver!

Rusty said...

Very neat idea. I wish I could come up with something as neat as that to tag the local wild but friendly raccoons. They all (mostly) start to look exactly alike at this time of year. ATB!

Melanie said...

LOL!!!! Now that is a great idea!!!! Thanks Gail, you gave me a good laugh....

PS-Did you see my response to your question on my last post about BP??

Queen-Size funny bone said...

hey branding hurts more than paint

Jennifer said...

That is thinking outside of the box. I have not heard of that use for paint ball guns but I have heard of using them to "shoot" neighbors dogs that come onto your property to bother your animals. They can't deny it was their dog if he has paint on him!

Far Side of Fifty said...

great idea! :)

Nora said...

Smart system your husband uses and he gets to have some fun at the same time. He 's pretty ingenious. That's why you married him, right?

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Very clever! You've got s smart man there.
Remindsme of how goat bucks and male sheep get a paint pocket attached to their belly, so that when they breed it leaves a paint blotch all over the female.
It's funny to see the females goats and sheep covered in paint...and know just what it means......hehehe!


~Lisa

Breathe said...

Oooo, I bet you could charge for paintball day!!!

the Bag Lady said...

This post made the Rancher smile! (And may have given him an idea..... except he'd have to go to town and buy a paintball gun!)

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