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Always in My Lane

Mon, 2014-12-08 18:06 -- Carole Soule

 She was running down the centerline of Route 106, a high speed two-lane state road. The driver following her snapped a picture on her cell phone and later shared it with me. The cow, named Miss 106, had just returned from a remote pasture where she and her calf had spent the summer. We missed getting her calf in the first load so Miss 106 was at the farm and her calf was not.

 

It turned out that Miss 106 was a jumper. All cows can jump but most, unless provoked won't. Miss 106 jumped the fence at the farm and be-lined down our one mile dirt road to busy Rt 106. Frantic to find her baby she crossed the road several times in front of semi trucks and speeding cars.

 

So what is the best way to capture a cow? With another cow. I lead, Clementine, one of our halter trained cows down the road. As soon as Miss 106 saw Clementine she meekly and quietly followed her home, me leading the way. But the adventure was not over. Miss 106 would not stay in the pasture until her calf returned, which it did on the next load from the remote pasture. This has happened before, cows can be separated from their babies when being transported from remote fields. The other mothers typically waited anxiously by the gate to be re-united. Not Miss 106. She had to try her luck with highway traffic.

 

She made it home safely that time and was reunited with her calf. Even though she has been our only cow to race down a major highway people still come up to me to ask about that “crazy cow” that thought she was a car.

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