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Herald – a Bull Story with September Skies

Hello, well, some of you know that we’re buying a half share in a bull, Herald   (if not, you can read about it here if you’d like). The other day I went to visit him in person for the first time with fellow bull purchasing friend T. Before we commit 100% he has to have blood tests for both TB and BVD (Bovine Virus Diarrhea) – it sounds horrible and best to test…a Hereford farmer in Wiltshire alerted us to this particular bovine problem. Which made me think that maybe we should have had ours tested too. Must get that fencing sorted…

The farm Herald is currently lodging at is on the hills above the Camel Estuary.

Camel Estuary Cornwall www.thinkingcowgirl.wordpress.com

We approached him in the field, accompanied by the farmer and I took some pictures…

Traditional Hereford Bull www.thinkingcowgirl.wordpress.com

Herald, note table like back

Traditional Hereford Bull www.thinkingcowgirl.wordpress.com
Herald

He was pretty unconcerned by our presence until T went a little too close and he tossed his head in an irritated way. We backed off and he continued with his munching.

I’m thinking how to convert my trepidation into respect, which is how the farmer describes their attitude towards him and implies some sort of control over your gut feelings. Hmm.

Herald was originally halter trained though he hasn’t been handled in this way for two years. His owner and the farmer think he’ll remember no problem. T has volunteered to be the leader in this enterprise – erm, shall we say there wasn’t a queue…

T’s friend J the rope man http://www.stairropes.com. has made him a halter from rope, modelled here by a door

Cow Halter www.thinkingcowgirl.wordpress.com

Rather than think too much about the Herald situation, I concentrate on looking at the sky and the clouds…

Sky over Cornwall www.thinkingcowgirl.wordpress.com

Sky over Cornwall www.thinkingcowgirl.wordpress.com

Sky over Cornwall www.thinkingcowgirl.wordpress.comSky over Cornwall www.thinkingcowgirl.wordpress.comSky over Cornwall www.thinkingcowgirl.wordpress.comAnd the flowers…

PS thinking cowgirl is going offranch for about a week …so hasta luego for now (as they might say in a spaghetti western)

Dahlias in a box www.thinkingcowgirl.wordpress.com

Dahlias by special request

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8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Dahlias!! Clouds!! Beautiful!! And interesting ‘table-like’ back advice, I will keep this is mind, you never know, I may just one day end up purchasing a bull?!

    September 29, 2012
  2. MMW #

    Good looking bull – reminds me of an old friend I used to comb in Poulsom’s yard…Fine pics as always; the one of the Camel estuary looks as though it was taken from a plane, and I love the halter rope – that surely is a real tack knot on the end: impressively nautical halter!

    September 30, 2012
    • Oh I remember him! My friend Billy must have been his son – I think the black herefords are produced with a hereford bull and a friesen cow. Thanks, though the estuary and halter pics are not mine 🙂 Very impressive that you can spot a tack knot, though maybe it would be weird/worrying if you couldn’t….barge last seen floating away…

      October 8, 2012
      • MMW #

        after looking at your friend’s website it’s not a tack knot – it’s a MANROPE knot; omg am I ever mortified…(though they are not dissimilar) oh well, that’s ditchcrawling for you

        October 19, 2012
      • never mind you’re the best sailor I know 🙂

        October 20, 2012
  3. or you could borrow Herald!

    October 3, 2012

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