Sook Cattle, Suey Pigs part 1

January 8, 2010, Posted by Brio Guy at 12:53 pm

miss-piggyActually Eddie Arnold called cows with a yodel which can be heard on the internet at   I tried yodeling once and the cattle looked up at me and then just went back to eating.  I guess my mother taught me to call cattle with the long drawn out high pitched “soooook, sook, sook, sook”. Usually it included the name of the cow being called which at than time was Ol’ Betsy.  So it went, “Soooook, sook, sook, sook Betsy, here Betsy, sook, sook, sook.”  That and the rattle of the bucket usually brought Ol’ Betsy to the barn for milking.

Mom called our pig with a high pitched, “Suey, suey, suey pig, here pig, suey, suey” as she rattled the slop bucket against the hog trough.  A pig is a pig and will always come for food so we were on the way back to the house by the time it began eating.

I guess getting the cattle in the barn and loading them for market was the thing Dad disliked most or at least those of us who had to help him load cattle hated most.  Dad was always looking to save a buck or two and would have us get 13 or 14 cattle in the pen if the trailer held 12.  He would try to squeeze an extra cow or two on but it never worked.  After 12 were crowded on and no more would fit, he would decide we needed to swap one on the truck with one still in the pen.  It was always the cow at the very front of the cramped trailer that had to be taken off. 

It has been a tough summer for all farmers.  We have 9 paddocks on the Rudolph place and cattle were scattered around on 8 of them when we began herding them into one lot Monday afternoon.  Normally I would have them in two herds and rotate them through one paddock at a time with the heifers going first for the best grass.  But as I said this has been a tough year and they were all over the place so the center paddock in front of the barn seemed a logical place to collect all of them to sort out the four I had scheduled for Boone’s on Wednesday morning.

Pee Wee told me earlier that it was time to start feeding some dry hay.  He said, “You can tell a lot about a cow by its poop.  All this green grass is going right through them and you need to give them some fiber.”  That wasn’t exactly his words but I got the point since I would be standing behind them a lot the next couple of days. 

I got the Kubota and picked up a hay ring with the front end spear holding it high off the ground as I drove around the barn to the central paddock.  The spear was straight up and cleanly hooked the overhead electric fence wire crossing the lane.  It’s been that kind of year and it is about to get worse.  We got the wire out of the way but not before James Harris found out it was still live.  Things were going much better now as James brought a large round bale with the Kubota and dropped it in the hay ring.  He loaded three more bales on the hay wagon feeder and pulled it into the central paddock wit

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