Thursday 5 February 2009

Carry On Farming!

I had a rather eventful morning which resembled something from a carry on film or something similar.

Having fed everyone I was filling all the mangers and hay nets with the haylage and as I walked off with the boys nets I thought I saw one of Alan's cows out of the corner of my eye wondering round outside it's field. I didn't have my glasses on and when I got back I couldn't see it so thought I'd imagined it. I carried on humping huge pleats of haylage round the various mangers then all of a sudden there was a rather loud 'moo' the other side of the bale (and girls fence). I'm not sure who jumped the most, me or the girls helping themselves to the bale!

It had obviously smelt the bale when I opened it. I covered it back up and decided I best try and get said beastie back in it's field. Cow's are not really my thing, I find them a bit scary, in fact five years ago I wouldn't even go near one let alone try and get it back in it's field.

By the time I'd gathered all my bits and picked up my stick (in case of emergency!) the cow had started to walk up the lane past my field entrance. That means I'd be the wrong side of it if I left the conventional way. So I took a slight detour over Golden Guineas fence and into the neighbours field and out onto the road. So far so good the cow is heading in the right direction now .........

It then called all it's mates in the field, not good, there were 20 or so of them and only 1 of me. I still had to walk it 200 yards down the lane to get it to the gate. Don't look at them just keep shooing it down the road I was telling myself. It was now back to where I had first seen it not far from the gate, but so were the rest of the herd on the other side of the gate I needed to open!

To cut a rather long story short I spent the next 45 minutes trying to get the cows away from the gate so I could open it to get the escapee in it. Another walk up the road and back (for both the cow and I) with some rather angry sounding cows I decided I was beat.

I left it (and a message on the farmers answerphone) near the gate talking over the fence to it's mates.

When I saw the farmer at lunchtime and told him about the carry on he said 'yes I saw it was out this morning, it will come back when I get the tractor with a bale'. Needless to say when I went to feed this afternoon it was back in the field.


Alpaca Granny said...

I can totally relate to you. I think cows are rather scarey.


Ah, the life of a farmer. It is never dull! And cows aren't as easy to herd as alpacas.