Monday, January 12, 2015

A VERY BIG BOY

Since the farm was rainy and COLD, I am posting a photo from when we were out there a few weekends ago.  I was in the yard at the farm, surveying things, and I heard this noise.  I turned around and this big guy was standing on the other side of the fence.  This is on the property behind us.  

He was huge.

Really big bull
It's like standing next to a large vehicle and I guess in a sense he could be a vehicle of sorts...though I wouldn't ever do something like that, I'll leave that fun job to the rodeo pros, LOL.



He took up the length of a whole section of fence...

Face to face with a bull
It was somewhat intimating standing there face to face with him.  Solid muscle.  Very powerful animal.  He snorted a few times and rolled his head around in the dirt/mud.  He didn't seem overtly aggressive and was curious as I stood there taking pictures.  Then I looked at the barbed wire and thought, hmm, I better not take any chances.  If he really wanted through that fence, I don't think it would hold him in and one or both of us would get hurt in the process.


But here's the best part...I'm standing there clicking away with my camera, coaxing him over to the fence for about 15 minutes and as I was walking back to the house, I realized that I was wearing an oversized, bright red t-shirt...

Everything is a learning experience, right?


35 comments:

HelenB said...

Cute post, but surely you know that bulls (all cattle) are color-blind. ;-)

Practical Parsimony said...

I wonder if that big boy is related to Babe, considering the size. Do you resemble Paul Bunyan?

Do you know to whom that monster belongs? Walk slowly when you wear that read shirt because I think that he can break that fence.

w.a.l.k. s.l.o.w.l.y and maybe ditch the red shirt.

steakandeggs said...

I don't think you have to worry about wearing a red shirt. Long ago when putting out hay I would get out in the pasture and remember I had on a red shirt. The bull would not even notice, of course all he was interest in was the hay. That was our first bull, and he was a black Angus. I think most of the black Angus bulls are pretty gentle. Now if you had a cow in heat on your side of the pasture, he would be through that fence in no time flat.

That look on his face...Say where is the food man! (Smile)

Delores said...

That is a LOT of roast beef. And yes, if he wanted through that fence nothing would stop him.

Gail said...

Nice bull.

Joani said...

That's too funny. As I was reading this in the beginning, I was thinking to self, hope he's not wearing anything red. And, low and behold. Am glad you got out of there. A gorgeous looking black angus bull though. Thanks for sharing.

DFW said...

He's huge! I have ridden with my cousin when he had cattle & they are very aggressive (both cows & bulls) when he fed them. They are such large animals, you can't help but be cautious around them.

FionaG said...

I know every time I find myself along side a large bull, I marvel at their size and strength, as evident in those muscles on muscles. Our neighbour lets his bull run with his cows and he tells me he is very gentle but I will never venture close to him. They scare the hell out of me.

Texas Rose said...

Really beautiful bull. Looks like he was looking for a range-cube hand-out!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

hahaha...this really cracked me up. barbed wire to humans = danger. barbed wire to bulls = wtf is barbed wire?

The Stay @ Home-Gardener said...

Olé !

Brigid said...

You are right - if he wanted to come through he would have Discretion can always be the better part of valor. First chapter of the newest book is up on the blog. Background for the book - my only brother and I were adopted out of foster care - when I was a teen I had a baby and gave her up for adoption. 18 years later she found me. It's his story, my story, and her story all incredibly intertwined, with an assortment of animals and people, strays we all took in along the way.

MaryJo said...

Now there is one big boy not to be messed with!!

Colleen said...

Oh, He's Gorgeous.
Bulls will go after Any color if it's moving or blowing in the breeze. The color red isn't what causes bulls to attack. In fact, bulls don't seem to have any color preference at all. They'll charge whichever object is moving the most.

Alison said...

You wore a red shirt and survived??? Captain Kirk wasn't there was he?
Great pictures!

Sandy said...

1st Man,
Ole Toro!!!!!!

Nice looking bull!!!

TexWisGirl said...

the bulls always fascinate me, too. sheer size and power! usually i stay in the car or truck, parking alongside them on the road, but i've gotten out to approach if the owner is near and i can 'ask permission'. still, i've been warned they can take you down in no time flat. :)

1st Man said...

Are they really? I didn't know that. Thank you!

1st Man said...

LOL! Never thought about Babe, ha. I wish I resembled Paul Bunyan, or maybe not I suppose ha.

Yes, we know the owners, it's the property behind us and they have about 100 head of cattle. I think he was out, um, doing his thing with the herd, for lack of a better term, ha.

1st Man said...

I will remember that advice, thank you. He really did seem fairly gentle, and curious. But yeah, I bet that would all fly out the window with a cow on the other side, ha. It was a fascinating experience to say the least.

1st Man said...

Yeah, I was kind of afraid of that.

Mmm, roast beef....ha.

1st Man said...

Description? Or way to call him over? LOL! Couldn't resist, ha.

1st Man said...

I was thinking he's a black Angus, thanks to you and Steakandeggs for the ID. He's not out in the pasture often, not to mention they have about 200 acres so the fact that he was right there by our tiny corner was just for his 'closeup', haha!

1st Man said...

He was huge, even the pictures don't do him justice. It's crazy being next to such an obviously powerful animal. Lucky you to have ridden, even if only a few times, great life experience, right? ;-)

1st Man said...

Oh my gosh, you are right, the muscles were unbelievable. I wasn't scared, while there, but in retrospect I was a nervous, ha.

1st Man said...

Range-cube? Now you'll have to tell me what that is. He was a looker, as bulls go of course, LOL.

1st Man said...

LOL! Now that made me laugh! Yep, I figured that might be how it works too, ha.

1st Man said...

Toro!

1st Man said...

Discretion IS indeed the bettter part of valor at times isn't it? Thanks for stopping by, I know you are busy. I read the chapter, wow. You are truly talented. Thanks for the heads up, can't wait to read the whole thing when it's finished.

1st Man said...

DEFINITELY!!

1st Man said...

Really? Wow, that's interesting. I wonder where the red came from in bullfighting? Probably one of those traditions that has just persisted over the years, ha. And mental note, move slowly, ha.

1st Man said...

LOL! After the fact, 2nd Man did make a Star Trek red shirt reference, ha. Thanks!! :-)

1st Man said...

He is pretty good looking...and really was curious. Or plotting his strategy, ha.

1st Man said...

Size and power is a great way to put it. And about 90% muscle, LOL!

I will definitely be cautious if our paths cross in the future.

Texas Rose said...

Range cubes are pelleted feed designed to be easily grazed off the ground. I used to help my Dad put out range cubes from the back of the pickup in winter in addition to hay. Those cows LOVED to see that truck - it was the dinner bell ringing!