The two calves tied in the feed bunker where hopelessly tangled. They were tied with quick release knots but these silly calves had twisted their ropes together making the quick release knots impossible to reach. They were in trouble and needed to be freed quickly.
All of our farm workers and 4H members are required to learn how to tie a quick release knot but in this case another tool was needed; a knife. A knife can save lives, cattle lives and a farmer's life, too. When working on equipment clothing sometimes get caught in machinery. An accessible knife can cut away clothes and release a farmer from injury or even death. Of course for some of us keeping a knife handy is the trick. My cargo pants, with a dozen or more pockets helps, but I still loose knives as often as I loose my glasses, and sometimes my phone.
Fortunately there is a solution. Have you had a knife or metal letter opener in your carry-on luggage at the airport confiscated? Have you forgotten your belt or water bottle or camera at the TSA security check at the airport? Wonder where that stuff ends up? Most of it goes to surplus stores like the one at White's Farm on Clinton Street in Concord where there are bins of knives, belts, cameras and other forgotten or confiscated stuff from airports. The bargains are plentiful and the store is open to the public (no checks please) on most Mondays from 8am-3pm.
To help keep our livestock safe I periodically stock up on TSA confiscated knives and reading glasses, which are also abundant at the surplus store. In the case of the stuck calves, I was able to untangle them without using my knife to cut their halters but if I needed in, my knife was handy. At other times I'll use that knife or its replacement to open packages encased in plastic or slice open a bag. No need for a fancy knife, I'll just re-purpose someone's lost property and maybe save a life or even open a box.