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Tuesday, September 21 2010

The thing about raising livestock is that your plans for the day can change at a moment's notice.  Yesterday Other Half and I were finishing up watering sheep when his phone rang . . .  

and our plans for the day changed . . .  because $11,000 worth of show cattle were dead.

While these weren't our cattle, they belonged to a friend down the road and he needed help. So we climbed in the truck and raced across the bayou. It was bad.  It was really bad.

On the surface it appeared to be a problem with the feed. All died within minutes of eating. One died with her head still in the bucket.

Thus began the phone calls and the cold, hard reality of getting two heifers buried and a dead bull loaded onto a flatbed trailer for a trip to the state veterinary university for testing.

And all this had to be done before his daughter came home from school.  They were her cattle, her hopes, her dreams. The little brahma heifer was her baby.

The well-digger across the street came and dug a gigantic hole in the pasture. Son brought our flatbed trailer over to load the bull.  And as the school bus stopped in front of the house, tears welled up in my eyes, for the hardest part of the day was about to begin.

Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 11:23 am   |  Permalink   |  8 Comments  |  Email
*tears* I do hope you are planning on writing a book someday, you are so talented with words. That picture with the blue lead rope is one of the saddest pictures I have ever seen.
Posted by Diane I. on 09/21/2010 - 12:55 PM much hope and love lost in an instant. Life is fragile even if it comes in a big fuzzy package. Please let us know the outcome of the testing.
Posted by Milli Ann on 09/21/2010 - 03:06 PM
sad beyond words.
Posted by Carolynn on 09/21/2010 - 06:21 PM
Oh my goodness!! I can't imagine what could have killed them so quickly. I'm so sorry for their little girl, but glad you were able to help before she got home.
Posted by CeeCee on 09/21/2010 - 08:56 PM
Yes, it was very sad. We haven't got the test results back yet. Knowing what killed them won't bring her cows back, but it may save another little girl's show cow.
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 09/22/2010 - 02:07 AM
There is nothing more sad than having to tell a child their animal friend is dead. Please let us know what they find. And please tell the daughter there are a lot of people who understand her grief.
Posted by Libbye on 09/23/2010 - 01:40 PM
Me again. I'm assuming they hauled the bull to A&M for testing. Any word? How about the other little girl's cow--she still alive?
Posted by CeeCee on 09/25/2010 - 06:55 PM
No word yet. A&M said it would be 3-5 days so we should know something next week. As yet, we haven't heard word of anyone else losing show cattle. Whatever killed them was pretty lethal stuff. They were big cows and they were killed quickly. Very sobering. . .
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 09/25/2010 - 07:04 PM

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