beatrice: braveheart, bold or just plain bad?

You’ve been spotted – don’t think she’s going to let you get away

Here she comes… who’s she?? It’s beatrice…

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Come on lady, I don’t have all day – What are you waiting for??

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This weekend, I had to break down and mow some grass.  I admit it; I have developed a Scrooge-ish double hatred of mowing grass. First because now that I have cows to feed, grass = food.  Mowing grass feels like throwing food away and I have a real issue with  that.  Second because I hate wasting gas on something that could easily be performed by hand or by animal and that bugs me too. It was some green, juicy grass; the men would have happily done that job.

But alas, that field isn’t fenced and won’t be for a while, so while it pained me to do it, I had to break down and mow. But that’s not really the story.

The story is Beatrice.  Beatrice is one wacky heifer.  I thought Honey was the one who would end up knocking me on my can one day. But next to Beatrice, Honey is darn near shy.

Talk about gawky & awkward … here’s honey in all her teen-aged glory. All the calves go through a homely phase between one and two years, but my goodness. With a leggy, all elbows and knees look like this, surely she’ll be a supermodel one day…

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Honey went through a quad-chasing phase which was both funny and alarming, but she seems to have outgrown it. But even at her sassiest, Honey has a healthy respect for tractors, weed-whackers and other scary machinery. And the other “normal” calves? They stay far, far away from all that stuff.

Beatrice’s first week, she left the herd and her mom and chased the tractor all the way up the hill and to the gate after I delivered hay one morning. I had to get down and chase her away by flapping my arms, jumping around and yelling just so I could drive the tractor through the gate. And don’t think she took that without some head shaking sass.

The next unusual Beatrice encounter was when I had to take the weed-whacker and trim the grass under the electric fence. Most of the calves (and cows) are rightly fearful of me  with this scary-looking noisy gadget and keep their distance.  Not Beatrice.  She actually chased after me and wanted to get her face right into the action. Very odd.

Yesterday was the first time the calves have seen the brush hog at work. It’s noisy. And most calves think it’s scary.  Not you-know-who.

Beatrice saw that rig coming and ran right up to get a better look.  She chased me all the way along the fence line and looked really sad when I turned and drove away.  I can tell right now, pasture mowing will be a bit of a challenge with Beatrice around.

Are you talkin’ to me??

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Remember Beatrice’s kidnapping incident? I may owe Zay an apology accusing her of kidnapping and all. As unlikely as it was, Beatrice is just the sort of girl to sneak out and party all night leaving her mom crazy with worry….. sorry Zaymonster!

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15 thoughts on “beatrice: braveheart, bold or just plain bad?

  1. I love how animals all have their own unique personalities. We had a huge steer named Hudini when i was a little girl. He could get out of ANY enclosure. As soon as you put him back in, he would literally turn around and stare at the lock/latch on the gate. You could see the wheels turning. He was trying to figure out how to open it. One of my main jobs after school every day, was to go find Hudini.

  2. She is a good looking heifer. When she gets some size I bet she will want to be the boss cow. I like the sassy and bold ones as long as she ultimately respects you as the boss.

    “I had to get down and chase her away by flapping my arms, jumping around and yelling…..”

    Do the neighbors have video of this?

    1. Lord, I hope not, although I’m sure they already think I’m a bit off.

      She is a cutie. Very chubby, happy cows though. I like animals with some spunk too – shows they can think on their own. There’s only one other heifer in this crop so far so I’m not sure how bossy Beatrice will get to be.

  3. That is a fine looking heifer. I hate mowing too, unless it is hay or pasture improvement. If my wife would let me, I would graze right up to the house. You might wish to look into a portable electric fencing system. I can set up the tape or polywire pretty quick anywhere.

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