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Monday, 18 December 2017

Open Gate Policy - NOT

"I just went along with the crowd; you can see that they're a bad influence." claims Fancy.
"I actually tried to talk him out of it. 'Padre, I said, You should not open the cow's gate.' He did it anyway." insists Bella.

"Yeah, I opened the gate. I figured you wouldn't make it so easy if you didn't WANT me to practice my mad break in/break out skills. Y'know, just in case anyone ever rustles us & I have to ingeniously set us free so we can run back to you." bluffs Padre, clearly not giving a hoot whether I buy his story. 

"Besides which, I find it totally unfair that those stupid cows have a round bale to free feed on, while WE (the muscle & the brains on this place!) are forced to wait for our meals to be served only 3 or 4 times a day. I'm practically wasting away here!"

NOW his story has a more familiar ring - envy, greed, & gluttony. Careful Padre, Santa is watching you!

17 comments:

  1. Well like Padre said he was just trying to hone his escape skills for the future in case everyone needed them. The girls should thank him and not tattle!

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    1. Oh, they are the first to tell tales! Not like I need any help figuring out the who-done-it.

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    1. That's their extra special talent; when they look innocent, I know they've been up to something. Just like children

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  3. Haha good try Padre. Funny how they are so different, I have a couple who will escape just cause they can and other not so ambitious one who will just stay in even if the gate is open, or in case of fresh grass be just outside the gate lol

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    1. Padre just likes to open gates, like a puzzle he thinks I set for him to amuse himself. The girls just wait for him to do it; or more likely, they encourage him, but they would NEVER stay behind.

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  4. They all look fat and happy on their 3-4 times per day feeding. Ours are on the round bale, and they're big wasters! We need to rethink it.

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    1. Yeah, keeping them trim (especially Padre) is a constant battle of adjustment, which he hates. A lot. The cold weather had me fooled into feeding more, and you can see Padre's blanket barely covers his sides, so they're back to smaller rations.
      He's pinning his ears and giving me side eye at feeding time so that I get his message that it's less food than he wants. Little does he know, I am saving him from himself (too bad I didn't have such a keeper for me!). We could never leave out more than one meal worth at a time - these porkers would eat until they (literally) popped; talk about your messes.

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    2. Also, I actually already resent the amount of hay that the cattle waste! They like to pull it out of the ring, scatter it about, & lay on it for a few hours a day. They do this despite the fact that they have deeply bedded shelters about 20 yards from the ring.
      If I weren't such an avid carnivore, I wouldn't have them at all. Well, calves are awfully cute, but then they do grow into cattle for, like, another year before processing time.
      Yes, I'm a carnivore, but I've never even tried veal. Everything around here comes down to balancing lifestyle with dollars - I don't think eating a calf would be very cost efficient considering how much it costs to get that calf onto the ground vs how many lbs of meat results. I may be wrong & hopefully someone will tell me so if they can say different, but I believe that calf would have to at least have a couple of seasons of mowing grass before it would be worth processing.

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  5. I kinda love Padre. He and I have a lot in common....

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    1. What's not to love, beauty & brains in a snuggly little red package.

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  6. Oh bless them. Live like someone left the gate open!

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    1. I had a hard time laughing until they were back on their side of the gate. When Padre made it clear he would rather walk away & hide in the bush (until the grain, I mean), I was pinning MY ears & giving HIM some serious side eye!

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  8. LOL, Critters! Gotta love their logic. We have one chicken that, first thing in the morning, escapes the chicken yard and then spends her entire "free" time fretting over getting back. We let her back in, turn around, and there she is out again. Still trying to figure out how she's doing it, 'cuz everything looks secure from the outside.

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    1. That chicken would drive me & her both crazy!

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