One of Nick’s big projects for the holiday break was finishing the gates for the stock yards so that we could drench the cattle and then the two bigger ones are ready to go. This got pretty much done – the gates are on and just awaiting the latches and as fate would have it we got to use it earlier than anticipated.
Yesterday (being Tuesday and Nick and I back at work) when Nick rang to tell me when he’d pick me up he said that he wanted to pop out to West Melton to check that Jack hadn’t escaped (which he has done a couple of times) because if he had he’d be without water and it has been quite hot and dry. So we trot out there and yes he had managed to duck under the second electric fence tape and galloped back to have a suck at Mum when we opened the fence up. Nick checked the fence tape and there was practically no charge at all so we began looking for a short.
We’d covered most of the fence line and found nothing – Nick said that it wouldn’t be the coos’ fence because he’d turned theirs off but I wandered over there as I often do just to say hello and check on them. As I got close I noticed that Ardbeg’s head was quite low and he wasn’t moving much whereas he’s often the most active. As I got closer I saw a glint of something by his ear – but maybe it was water. Suddenly I saw that he had wire wrapped all around his back leg and over a horn. Poor thing looked quite dejected.
I called out to Nick and we quickly prepared the yards – ran a line of tape between the paddock gate and the corner of the yards and Nick began enticing them in with meadow hay. This took quite some time as they’re not used to following us. Once in the central paddock we started to push them towards the yards when Riley (sneaky wee thing) slipped under the tape and ran off to the mares – but that was OK as he wasn’t the one we really wanted. Finally we got Laphroigh and Ardbeg into the yards. Getting them into the vetting race took a bit longer. Laphroigh went first and this allowed us to drench him. Then we got Ardbeg in. He really panics and the wire can’t of been helping. At a couple of times he tried to leap over the gate which was pretty scary and impressive. Finally Nick was able to cut all the bits of wire away and drench him and we could release him back into the paddock.
Anyway, no one got hurt – the wire hadn’t cut into him at all and we then found where it had come from and cleared it all up. Also they both have very impressive horns 🙂
Actually we had used the yards last weekend for washing Zoe and getting Jack more used to us – he lets us touch him now but he also needs drenching and its about time he got halter-broke I think – it will make him much easier to handle.