Uprooted Magnolia

Backhoe Brian

Posted in Cattle Roundup, Photography, Ranching by leahyetter on January 4, 2011

This is a Charolais cow. Pronounced Shar-lay.

They belong to the neighbors.

As with any creature on earth, sometimes the grass looks greener on the other side. And on this particular New Years day, our hay stack was looking really tasty to these cows.

So tasty that we saw this girl jump into the stack and got herself stuck.

And I mean stuck…trapped.  With the 3 feet of snow surrounding and in between the stacks, the pig couldn’t get out.

Patrick called the rancher in charge of these cows and he said he’d be right over with the Backhoe. “Whats he gonna do with the backhoe” I ask. “I guess he’ll scoop her outta there, I dunno” Patrick answers back with the same curiosity in his voice. It’s getting darker by the minute. Pretty soon we see the headlights in the distance and sure enough as we were herding the cattle with the pickup, here comes Brian sliding the corners with the backhoe. He was hauling butt. I didn’t think a machine like that could go so fast.

She did eventually jump, scoot, and roll her way out of the hay stack to join the others.

They both discussed the plan of attack in the 10 degree evening.

Of course, I’m shooting out of the truck window. It’s too cold to be out there in the cold and windy mountain air!

An we’re off…. with Backhoe Brian in the lead. Once reinforcements arrived, they got the ladies where they are supposed to be.

The guys discuss the fences and how they are in good shape…can’t figure out how they keep getting in. But I’ve seen them jump so high, they clear the fence when we’re trying to herd them through the gate. Shoot, she jumped into the haystack. But nobody asked for my opinion. Oh the life of a ranchers “wife”. Sheesh.

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  1. jbenick said, on January 4, 2011 at 11:39 am

    I really like these photos, especially the one of the group of cows looking at the camera. Beautiful!


  2. joyce yorkevich said, on February 5, 2011 at 1:18 am

    very nice photos ..txs…


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