Well, we are getting desperate. With Hubby not working for over a month now, (Still waiting on the railroad.) and not having any unemployment, it was getting to the point of selling the fillings in my teeth. (Not really, I don't have any fillings in my teeth.) I always wanted to live off grid, but I didn't want it to be because I couldn't pay my electric bill. lol
Anyway, we decided to sell some of our cattle. Now we only a few cows now and their babies were old enough to go to the market.If you have never been to a cattle sale, you need to go! There is excitement everywhere! From the sales ring, to the cattle pens in the back, you don't know what to watch first. I love the sales! I like watching the older gentlemen buying thousands of dollars worth of cattle just by one TINY flick of their finger. If you was not watching, you wouldn't know who was bidding. I liked looking in the back pens at all of the cattle milling around. To watch the cattle, you walk up on this giant catwalk that covers the whole length of the pens. While we were watching, we seen a calf kick the hat off of the guy trying to get him down a shoot. One year we seen a 2400 lbs bull jump the metal panels that made up the sides of his pen. He got his back legs caught in the bars of the panels. We got the attention of one of the handlers to see if he could help him. The handler couldn't get him off of the panel. Hubby had to go down, and with the help of a very big pipe, got his legs untangled from the panel. And then, they run. The bull was not happy. He wanted to hurt something. Luckily, he didn't. lol
Anyway, we went to the sale Monday and sold some of our cattle. We DID learn something while we were there. If it was a black calf, it was worth one third more than any other color. Why? Because of the Angus craze that everyone seems to be in now. If the calf coming into the sales pen was brown, the auctioneer started the bidding out at $.60 per pound. It could go up or it could go down. It usually went down some. But, if it was a black calf, the auctioneer would start out at $.90 per pound. Then it usually went up! What's wrong with that?! Are they prejudice? lol. Since our cattle is red, we didn't get the best price for them. Although after seeing how the sale went, we are now considering getting a black limousine bull. We shall see. It changes so often. We don't really want to mix our colors. ( I guess we ARE prejudice. lol)
So that's what's been going on around here this weekend, now we are going to build a goat pen so we can bring our little goaties to our house.
So until next time,
Small Farm Girl, cattle baron. hahahahahahaha..pant,pant,pant, hahahahaaha