Sometimes those night checks are so exciting because we have lots of calves born. Sometimes, they are exciting because no calves are born (especially on those stormy nights). And sometimes those night checks are exciting and it has absolutely nothing to do with the livestock! Such was the case last night.
The checks have been somewhat easy as I only have to walk out beside the barn to check one pen then drive up north. During that drive I use as spot light to look for the 1/2 mile drive at the cattle in the pasture along the road. It can be tricky but in the nearly 30 years I've done it I have not yet driven off the road! I didn't last night either. (Here is the image: spotlight and head hanging out window of jeep driving slowly down township road.)
Last night however there were a few cattle up on the hill across the little creek. I had to make a trek over there. We had a little rain a couple of days ago so things are nice and sloppy out there. I was nervous about going over there. As it turned out I was right to feel that way.
I was carefully watching where I would step. One foot got stuck. I got it out. So I continued on. Carefully, carefully, ca.r.e.f.u.l.ll Oh no. I could hear the suction. Yep, one foot got stuck. I could not pull it out - well I could pull my foot out but not my boot. Try again. Same result. What to do? Call someone for help? Why? So they could laugh? (Heck, I'd be laughing if I weren't short of breath!) After a few unsuccessful attempts, I took my gloves off, laid them on the ground so I had a place to put my foot. I then tried to pull the boot out with my hands. There was not way I could get that darn boot out. Remember there are still those few head of cattle I am attempting to go check on.
Heck with them. I shove my flashlight into my stuck boot. (Looking back I'm not sure why. I think it was to make sure my guys would find the boot later plus it would keep the cow manure out!)
|The flashlight and my buried boot|
I pick up my gloves and take off back to the yard. One boot off, one boot on, diddle dumpling ....
I still had to make the drive up north to check cattle. Everything was okay. When I drove back into the yard, I used my spot light to look at those cattle up on that hill.
Today Mark & Brett were out tagging calves so they got my boot and the flashlight. Mark said it took some pretty good tugging to get that boot out. They got the 4 wheeler stuck near that same spot too!