We soon found the first two rumors to be true, but he was
quick to get back to us and schedule a visit because he immediately understood
how important getting her bred back was to a family with one cow. His affection
for cows was apparent right away. He arrived, pulled on his boots, regaled us
with the fascinating wonders of liquid nitrogen (many times colder than dry ice!
Over negative 300 degrees! And we talked “Bull”, eventually choosing a Red Angus
to get a more muscley calf to rear for meat next year.
“I’ve been doing this for 43 years. Used to do 10,000 cows a year. Now it’s more like 5,000. Not too many smaller herds anymore.” He pulled on his boots.
“Had to have my shoulder replaced. It wasn’t cheap, but they did a good job.”
The toddlers watched wide-eyed as he pulled on an elbow length sleeve and approached Buttercup in her stall.
“Easy now. It’s alright. You’re a nice one aren’tchya! A
real sweetheart.” He gently rubbed her rump and calmly reached int, pulling out
some nervous droppings- as unfazed as a considerate midwife. We were all
appreciative of his decorum and manner.
He had the tube tucked into his shirt, sticking out at his neck, to warm it. As he took it out to insert it, he said: “My wife doesn’t like cows or farmers of my car. I love cows. Have done all my life. My cows, my farmers, my car, that’s all I have in this world!” “So long as she loves you, I suppose you’re okay!” I replied, making a mental note to send some green beans home with him for the Mrs.
“There we go, girl, all done!” He gave her an affectionate
pat before we led her back out to pasture.
“Sometimes when you breed a Jersey to Red Angus you get stripes!” he told us, as he hosed down his boots. The toddlers gasped and grinned at each other.
Later we found out that they thought Buttercup was going to turn Zebra because the “stripe man” had been here.