de-horning...

... there is an old saying down in my neck of the woods.... "crime doesn't pay... and neither does farming".... but that hasn't stopped Cousin Brad and his bud branching out lately.... see, both fine gentlemen have dreams of becoming Cattlemen... and they have begun gathering up a herd over the past few weeks.... the plan is to fatten 50 to 100 yearling steers up for six months and then take them back to auction....

... it's a good plan, actually... and I do believe they might just make a nice wad of cash in the end... Hell, I might even invest some money too... the only place where I can see that the endeavor starts getting a bit wonky is the whole manual labor portion... fence building, inoculations, general maintenance, the occasional castration.... and, of course, de-horning....

... for those of you who are uninitiated in this practice, you are in for a treat... for today shall be spent with me in documentary mode... indeed, I am boldly heading out today with camera in hand just for you guys... no, no, I won't be participating in the daubing of spurting blood or the tweezing of squirting vessels.. I shall not take part in the lopping off of horns or the spraying on of disinfectants... no, no.... I shall be standing well back and laughing... probably drinking an adult beverage... and listening the cursing of the two men as their new "investments" shit themselves, stomp farmer-toes, and bray with all their might to the High and Holy that the two rednecks besetting them with bolt-cutters be immediately struck down by lightning... oh, and I'll be taking photos.. I'll be taking lots of photos... gore and blood galore.. you know, just for you guys....

... as I've said many times... entertainment is an elusive beast around these parts.. you gotta be creative if you want to keep yourself amused...

by Eric on October 23, 2005 | Bullshit (6) | TrackBack (0) | Psycho Rants
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Can't help but think there's a parable in there somewhere.

Bullshitted by Harvey on October 23, 2005 09:34 AM

Cattle, yep a good investment, except for illness and coyotes. They always seem to get out too, so get ready to spend time herding them back. Oh, and maybe you should watch the movie Hud, first. Heck, I might watch Hud....

Bullshitted by armywifetoddlermom on October 23, 2005 11:51 AM

That reminds me that I'm gonna have to behave next weekend.

Bullshitted by zonker on October 23, 2005 12:45 PM

Good Lord. I'm suddenly feeling mighty blessed to have my manual labor of the day consisting of hurricane shutters as opposed to de-horning. Yikes!

Hey... you're real good with those post hole diggers now aren't you??!

Bullshitted by Bou on October 23, 2005 01:11 PM

Cattle? been there and done that. If the market holds and the vet bill don't eat you up and if about a dozen other variables don't work against you you might get lucky and make twenty bucks a head for you labor-which is of course taxable including self employment tax which will bring it down to fourteen dollars a head. Hourly wage may figure out to 10 cents per if you are lucky.

Bullshitted by GUYK on October 23, 2005 02:31 PM

There goes my image of GUYK as a blogosphere optimist!!!
Watch out for PETA and SPCA with those pictures, Eric.

Bullshitted by Indigo on October 23, 2005 04:34 PM