(couldn't resist...we love that hymn...)
The wanderer here though is Miss Judy. Twice today she has gone on walk-about outside her area.
Admittedly, what I know about bovines can rest in a thimble with plenty of room for Tom Thumb and his friends, but here's what I've learned today....
Some odd 1100 pounds of milk on the hoof can easily walk over a fence, should the desire appear....
And that same 1100 pounds of walking milk can stand totally firm and deeply embedded in even Mississippi clay that is dust-bowl dry, should she be equally determined *not* to return to her area.
First she walked, literally and physically, over the side fence to a patch of green weeds. We have put in 2 more wood posts, re-attached the accordian-style field fence to it's mounts, and lined that section with a cattle panel.
(Note to self: there are now obvious reasons I prefer panels to fencing...)
At milking, she decided she was coming out the gate into the dark unknown of the yard despite our feeble less-than-300-pounds of resistance. She's a big girl, and not only does she know it, but so do we. Those joyful ignorant days of us believing we had her wrapped around our fingers have taken a bit of a turn :) We are utterly hoof-wrapped...and I swear, there was a glint of satisfaction in her eyes as she realized that.
Hopefully the dogs will keep her in check tonight. I doubt I'll sleep much as I wonder if she's going to decide to go bush on us before sunrise.
Ahhh, farm life....never a dull moment, heh? I sure hope she doesn't give the goats any ideas! They can run better than her :)
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.
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