Our steers have just left. I'll really miss them terribly, especially Spotty. We've had them for almost 20 months. They were just hip high wee things when we got them and now they're taller than me! The good news for them, and me, is that they're not going to "the big farm in the sky" but off to a real farm!
With the weather being so wet and miserable we're incredibly short on grass. Probably to real farmers it would look like we have lots, but our cows are so spoiled that they think as soon as the grass gets to below a certain level, it's time to move to a new paddock. So we're somewhat out of our grass comfort zone and decided to sell them on now rather than wait until October ( when we would have got a lot more money for them as they would be bigger) But, as I said I'm happier for them to go now as I know they're going to a new home. We'll see how the grass situation goes over the next month or so as this will determine when we buy our next lot of calves.
I have heard some horror stories about a few of the truck drivers who come to pick up cows so I was a bit nervous. I hasten to add in the times that we've had graziers cows picked up the drivers have always been lovely. But today I was on my own, with our cows, so was a little edgy.
Needn't have been! The driver was an absolute gem. He was so lovely with the cows, just giving them a gentle pat to get them up the gangway to the truck and chatting to them softly the whole time, so they just trotted in.
I gave them a last wee pat and waved them off.
With the next lot I am going to try super hard not to get attached to them, or give them all names - but we'll see how long that lasts!