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Offline frostback

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Re: The worse part of the business
« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2013, 04:24:40 PM »
I had a cow get rolled over in a ditch and die one night. We had just flood irragated and could not get in to remove the body before the scavengers got her. So I have her well preseved skull in my house at the moment but it will be hung in the show barn this summer. I will put the halter she came with up there too. It was her ET calf that I lost. They all have to go one way or another. None of them are easy.
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Re: The worse part of the business
« Reply #16 on: February 09, 2013, 05:46:06 PM »
its always tough, I have one who's 11 this year that I keep putting off taking to town but her grand dam who's 18 this year is the only one I qualify as a 'pet' and will die/ be put down on the farm. Though to her credit she did have her last calf last year at 17. I find it harder to sell the old lady's versus any of the others...There's something rough about not seeing them out in the field.
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Re: The worse part of the business
« Reply #17 on: February 10, 2013, 07:54:07 AM »
I agree...i still miss goin to the pasture and seeing some old faces that grew so familiar over the years. Sometimes I designate the money from a cow like that for a special purchase...something I will have for a long time that I can remember her by. My first cow retired as an old cow years ago, and I used the money from her to buy a show box which we needed at the time. She had more bulls than heifers, and her last heifer which I kept to replace her didn't live up to her legacy, so I don't have any of her genetics left in the herd. But I still miss her.

Another cow that I bought as a two-year-old back in 1990 became the cornerstone of our program today. We have a lot of females that go back to that cow, and they all have a special place because of that connection. We're getting ready to flush two four year olds that I consider two of my favorites, and both go back to that cow. A lot of cows have come and gone, but there are only a few I miss like that after they're gone.

Now horses and dogs are another story! When somebody mentioned old horses, I almost got teary-eyed. I have an old gray Quarter Horse mare that's well into her 30s...she doesn't look her age at all, but I'm dreading the day... She'll die on the farm, and we'll put her down if it comes to that. I hope she just dies in her sleep one night, but that will be a sad, sad day.

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Re: The worse part of the business
« Reply #18 on: February 10, 2013, 10:02:43 AM »
We buried Sissy our healer and companion for many years under one of our favorite trees.Every morning she waited for me and one morning she was there but her life had ended.I have judged many shows and have seen people cry because they dont win.I have spoke to some of them and I tell them it is only a show and tears are for something special like a family or a special animal.I have been fortunate to have had a couple good dogs and two special horses that I gave too good homes after their working days were done and even at 70 years old the tears came the same as when a loved one passed on.

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Re: The worse part of the business
« Reply #19 on: February 10, 2013, 11:27:53 AM »
we had to put down our old girl this past fall. she was 21, and to her credit ,she raised a calf at 18. im sure she would have bred back again, but we retired her, and stopped breeding her. she was and old show cow, and was always the first in for feed, we have a photo of a buddy of mine riding her out in the pasture, she would basicly put the halter on herself. on the horse side, our old guy around here is 31this year, he is a ex-race horse, and raced until he was 14. he still looks and acts like he is 10. but i know he has more days behind him than he does ahead

 

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