Respect The Bull

It’s amazing how your occupation can affect your sleep. Engineers might dream about their machines malfunctioning or breaking down all at once. A marriage counsellor’s bad dream is probably when none of the couples are willing to come together. Construction workers may dream their building is falling down. Moms tend to dream their child is in danger. Electricians possibly dream of accidentally touching that hot wire. Dairy farmers’ dreams sometimes include getting chased by a bull. “Why” you ask? It’s because in all of these professions they’ve probably either experienced it or something very close to it. We have a few stories of being chased by bulls (not just in our dreams).

In every occupation you learn the “hazards of the job”. You tend to develop a healthy respect for those dangers too. This is a good thing. Otherwise, our occupational death toll would be astoundingly higher. When it comes to an adult bull, they are pretty much 1500+ pounds of muscle. They can run quite fast also. An angry bull is nothing to trifle with!

Dairy farmers know to respect the bull and be aware of their demeanor. Not all bulls are mean, as you can tell from the above picture. Experience has taught us that about all bulls start out friendly. It’s when they get older and are with a group of cows that they have a tendency to think they are the “Protector of the Herd”. Bulls are an excellent example of alpha-male mentality.

On Wednesday we’ll share one of our “bull stories” with you. What do your bad dreams consist of? Do you have a “bull story”? We really enjoy hearing from you.

3 thoughts on “Respect The Bull

  1. At the first dairy I worked at, there was a bull named Jordan & he was pretty friendly, my mother in law pet him everyday & gave him treats. I milked 3rd shift and normally he was weeded out before getting to holding pen. One night he ended up with the cows I had to close off to their barn. As I was pushing cows to tie stall barn, staying aware he was at the other end of the lot. Suddenly I saw him put his head down and it was on, barely made it to the other side where I was able to to get the gate shut just as he got there. Needless to say, I had a few dreams/nightmares after that.

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  2. The bull in this picture, when he was “harvested” (probably due to a bad attitude) was 2,200 lbs, if my memory serves me correctly.

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