Ugh. Another day in paradise, right?

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by Shari, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. Shari

    Shari IsItFridayYet?

    Ok, let me set this up just a bit.

    1 - At cgfg's birthday dinner, I bought dinner for the Brooms.

    2 - Last summer, the Brooms asked husband to fix some fence. The kids and I were with him, so we all went out. Two Brooms had a cow that cgfg NOT go to the field with us because "there's snakes! (She) might get snake bit." Wee, who had no shoes, was not an issue.

    3 - We share a bull with them, so when we take the cows out there to breed (not the norm, but happens) Two Brooms gets mad if we leave them over 6 weeks because they are "eating up her grass" and she doesn't have enough for their own cows.

    4 - Eighteen months to two years ago, when cgfg's mom's parents went on vacation, somehow, Two Brooms found out, and she was so afraid cgfg was "going to get stolen" walking from the bus to her house down her driveway, that Two Brooms met cgfg every day after school and drove her down the drive to her mom's house. Royally ticked cgfg's mom off, but Two Brooms wouldn't quit. That's when cgfg's mom stopped talking to Two Brooms, also, and shut off her phone.

    Ok, so, do we have it established that Two Brooms is BEYOND paranoid about this kid? Thought so.

    4 - In the opinion of the Brooms, black cows are worth so much more than other colored cows. And while it is true black angus sell better than other colors/breeds, the Brooms sell one or two calves at a time, and when you sell off one calf at a time, its color does not bring you a higher bid. A group or lot of black calves will bring more than a group of red ones, but individuals just do not sell well. Many folks think an individual calf at auction is being sold off because there's something wrong with it.. Either that or the auction barn will lump it in with other peoples' "singles" and sell the group as a 'mixed-breed lot'.

    So, the kids own most of the cows we have. One of cgfg's was purchased from the Brooms. It is solid black, and 3/4 angus, possibly more. Still a cross-bred, tho. She is a nice cow and a good mother,

    However, the cow has charged me for 5 of the last 7 years. She has taken on easy child 1's truck. She has charged cgfg, the neighbor girl, and the neighbor boy who rode his motorcycle thru our field once. The cow is not picky who she charges. The first time it happened, I managed to run and jump into a hay ring. Shortly after the second charge, I started carrying a fiberglass rod to hit her with if I had to.

    I told husband a while back, if she does it again, she's gone. Either I'll sell her, or I'll shoot her, I don't care which, but there is no need to have an animal that acts like that with kids around. When he told Two Brooms, we were instructed we could not sell her. If we wanted rid of her, she was to go to their house. She's "too good a cow to sell."

    And, for the past 18 months, she hadn't charged me.. Ten days ago, cgfg went to get her horse and came back and said the cow charged her again. Today, I went to get cgfg's horse, and the cow, who has a week old calf now, charged me, and I was no where near her when she started. Unable to run well, I made it to a steel gate and slammed her with the gate before not very gracefully climbing up on the gate, where I stayed until she left. She spent 6-8 minutes snorting at me and circling the gate, stopping eveyr now and again to charge the dog, but not long enough for me to make it over the boundry fence. Finally, she took off to the back pasture and I got down.

    No serious harm done. Sore and swollen, and pride is hurt that I can't outrun and out-maneuver her anymore, but nothing major. However, I text husband and told him the cow was gone, I'm done, that's it, game over. He was mad, but said ok (the cow has never tried to go after him. BUT - he also rarely walks in the pasture - he always drives something - the rest of us walk.)

    And then he apparently told his dad. And now the Brooms want to keep the cow out there instead of us getting rid of it.

    They had to have cgfg out there on spring break to seed and fertilize. She did. And was alone in the pasture when she did it. She, Wee, and I deer hunt out there. We don't get the "good spots", so we have to walk thru the pasture to get to our stands. So, while cgfg would not be exposed to the cow as often out there, it would still happen. And when she is out there, they said, she can ride the 4wheeler, so she's not on foot when she's out with the cow. She can the 4wheeler. Not the rest of us.

    Why in the world, when you are that paranoid about a kid's well-being, would you even consider keeping an animal with a 5+ year history of charging at not one, but at least 5 different people, and not all of them even in our family????

    If I say no, the cow goes, it will royally tick the Brooms off. If I say yes, the cow can stay, A) we are all still exposed to her, B ) cgfg profits from an animal that she rarely has to work to have (and a market steer brings in several hundred dollars each year), and C) I feel gloriously walked on and uncared for once again. I mean, seriously, this cow comes before the safety of the kids and I???? Really?

    Ok, sorry. Vent over.

    Oh, wait, no, I lied. There's more. We saw them last night. She offered to buy us dinner to repay me for cgfg's birthday dinner (because you can't just buy someone dinner to be nice - have to keep it even to the penny....). So, anyway, Two Brooms thinks its awful to tickle someone. She will yell at a total stranger to stop being mean to a baby for tickling it. So when we saw them last night, she was trying to tickle Wee's belly. He told her to stop and she kept right on. He finally turned and snapped at her and said "I said stop it *itch". Three other people and I heard it, and not one piped up. I should have, but dangit...dealing with these freaks is no holds barred...
  2. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful


    All I can say if it were me? That cow would be sold or in my freezer. Period. Phht with Brooms. She's got so much made up crud to be paranoid/mad least this time it would be real. Time for Broom lady to start getting over herself.

    As for Wee.......ok not so great with the language........but while correcting him for his choice of words, I'd have corrected Brooms over tickling him.......reminding her via quote what she says to others who do it. ugh

    Honestly? I don't know how you keep your sanity with that lot. omg
  3. HaoZi

    HaoZi Guest

    I'd be more forgiving if the cow only does it when she has a calf, but all in all I wonder if she's been teased by someone (makes sweeping motion) to the point that she just stopped being friendly. Whose land is the cow on? Is there some way to pen her when things need to be done in the field?
  4. DaisyFace

    DaisyFace Love me...Love me not


    Try the "lawsuit" angle. You need to get rid of the cow before we ALL get sued for having a dangerous animal. I mean, if anybody were to wander into the field by mistake....and you know how people are about lawsuits....if you get a reputation for breeding dangerous animals you may have trouble selling ANY livestock in the future....and if they have a really good lawyer....I'm worried that you could lose THE farm....
  5. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    I have issues with tickling, of course. But... I'm awful, I don't think I'd have corrected Wee for the language. She wouldn't stop, after all. ...Sigh...

    And that of course makes me wonder about the cow. Honestly? It sounds yummy to me. What, does it have to HURT someone? Anf if it's had a go at easy child's truck? The 4-wheeler ain't nothin'!

    Neighbor girl, hmm??? Any way you can get the parents' assistance complaining about said moo???
  6. crazymama30

    crazymama30 Active Member

    Personally, I think it is great that wee did not clobber her. And if it is your cow? It is your business. I see steak in your future, and a much nicer walk in the pasture.

    How do you bear to be around them? Makes me so fortunate that I don't have to deal with my inlaws....real mom in law is not bad but step mom in law only cares about her bio kids and grandkids. They live about 15min away from us, and we and the kids have not seen or talked to them in over a year.
  7. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Well-Known Member

    Your farm. Your pasture. Your steak dinner.

    I'd have said something along the lines of Wee's comment ages ago...since I'm so tactful...
  8. 1905

    1905 Well-Known Member

    It's not her cow!!! She can have a say in something that's hers. It's a freak show power thing, that's why she tickled Wee. That cow was purchased so it is not any business of hers what you do with it. Would she allow your opinion of something stand in the way of her own safety? NO! You know what to do.
  9. JJJ

    JJJ Active Member

    Can we all come over for dinner??
  10. Shari

    Shari IsItFridayYet?

    You bet I do! Wheel her *** into the pasture, call up the cows, and tell her to run...
  11. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    Do it.....!!!!!
  12. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    LMAO! Shari

    I agree. DO IT!

    Then we can all come over for steak dinner. lol
  13. Star*

    Star* call 911

    So many good answers here - so little time. lol

    I'm thinking if she wants that blasted cow? Load her up, drop her off and tell her the calf is yours. Case closed.

    If you ever want some nice stock? Hit me up on the phone - I'll put you in touch with DF's family - they can talk cows AI,shows, breeding, cow this,cow that, cow everything. And they
    Maybe you don' need her stinkin cows - we get you some Limousin cows - lovely long gigantic beefy cows. Yes No?