Me and BP


I feel Beulah Petunia’s pain, and she feels mine. We’re both being driven insane by–


I chased Glory Bee around and around and AROUND the milk stand last night trying to herd her into the stall so I could get hold of her, get the halter on her, get her UNDER CONTROL. To no avail. She left me in tears, laughing at me. BP understands because the baby makes her cry, too.

The baby hides in this corner by the chicken house, just out of BP’s reach.

(No, I can’t grab her there. The baby moves LIKE LIGHTNING.)

The baby plays (taunts) with the dogs.

BP doesn’t like the dogs. She tells Glory Bee to stay away from the dogs!

But the baby, she just does what she wants.

Notice how defiantly she stands just outside BP’s electric fence. This drives BP crazy. It’s like trying to tell a toddler what to do when you are separated by a glass wall. Me and BP, we might as well both be on the other side. We can’t get hold of the toddler.

It’s hard to be me and BP.

But at least we have each other!

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on October 21, 2010  

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  1. 10-21

    You need help beside the dogs!!!!!! :hissyfit: :happypuppy: :happypuppy: :happypuppy: :happypuppy:

  2. 10-21

    It’s apparent, even to this pathetic city girl that
    a) Glory Bee is growing by the minute
    b) She gets bolder each time you engage and she wins. Cows are not dumb!
    c) She’s not going to come around on her own.
    MHS is that you beg Morgan to intercede on your behalf with the heifer-taming apple-cheeked Amanda
    There’ll be nothing but tricks ahead of you if GB is still unhaltered by Halloween.

  3. 10-21

    Have you considered adding another string of electric fence so baby can’t wander?

  4. 10-21

    I bet Glory Bee would love a cake! And you might just need some more help with this project.

  5. 10-21

    Cows will eat treats.
    So, has Mizz-Glory started nibbling at feed/fodder and grass enough to make her interested in a cookie or some grandmother bread?

  6. 10-21

    Ohhhh, you can see the attitude in her cute little face…good luck with that one : ).

  7. 10-21

    :moo: You need to have cattle round-up and call in the big guns….FRANK! Need 52, Weston, Princess, you all rounding up GB and Frank to put halter on…those arms of his could do it LOL

    Mrs. Turkey

  8. 10-21

    You need to get your neighbor guy to come over too – the one that first identified Glory Bee as a girl – he’s got cattle experience! Then add in 52, Frank’s arms, your kids, their boyfriends/girlfriends, cousins, townsfolk, anyone else you can find wandering nearby…

  9. 10-21

    This is where you find someone that knows how to rope a calf lol! I LOVE the defiant pic! Shes going to be really fun that one!

  10. 10-21

    Try and just sit out there and Glory Bee will eventually get use to you and come up to you. if she is eating grain yet have some with you. Other wise you will have one wild GB on your hands quick. I raised 2 calves from 400lbs to butcher weight and they would eat carrots right out of my mouth and I could lay next to them. They just followed me around. :)) or you can just keep chasing her so we have amusement in your stories. :))

  11. 10-21

    Oh I feel your pain. Defiant younguns can drive you NUTS!! Glory Bee is going to give her mother gray hair and premature wrinkles!!

  12. 10-21

    You are going to need one other person to help you and I would build yourself a catch pen with a head gate…you may need that to doctor GB & BP someday. If you can get something behind her rear…a good board to “pen” her in her hiding place between the chicken house and the red gate your in business. Put one across the front of her too if she can escape.

    If that works start tying her for short periods of time…say while you are milking…

  13. 10-21

    Glory Bee is getting so big! And that mug of hers is so dang cute I just want to kiss her. again and again. :airkiss:

  14. 10-21

    I know it sounds cruel when those cute little dairy calves are born to take control of them right away, but this whole deal shows why it is necessary. They soon get just too full of themselves.(I am not talking about beef cattle.They are a whole different deal.)
    This is not a put down to Suzanne. It is a teachable moment for all who have not had much dairy cow experience. It is just so much easier to start from day one and all this trouble is avoided.
    My RogerCalf, 8wks tomorrow, runs to me for loves and pets-no treats needed.He walks nicely on his halter and knows simple commands.I spend maybe 15 min a day working with him.He eats a couple pounds of calf starter now along with his grass hay and water. Over the next couple weeks he will be weaned off his milk bucket. No fuss, no muss, and no tears for me or RogerCalf’s mom, MinnieCow.
    As I have said in my other posts, I understand there’s more than one way to work out this dairy thing.Just sharing a bit of what I have learned over the last 30 yrs. as a Jersey Lady.

  15. 10-21

    Awwwwwwww. Glory Bee definitely has attitude. Her name should be Balky.

  16. 10-21

    Take consolation in the fact that she will have her own one day. Then, and only then, she will here the famous line of mothers everywhere. “Just wait until you have children one day! Then you’ll understand what you put me through.”

  17. 10-21

    Now you know why the cowboys rope em. Get you a lasso and have them boys start practicing!

    After they get the hang of roping something still, set em loose on her. Well, then be sure to tell them hold on…..they probably need to wear gloves if you know what I mean!

  18. 10-21

    Yup. There is a reason why old women and old cows shouldn’t have babies!!! JK!!!!
    You need to teach that baby some discipline……
    she is too adorable to spank tho… :heart:

  19. 10-21

    You need a barn!!!

  20. 10-21

    Your posts always make me smile :)

  21. 10-21

    I fear you’ve waited too long. Good luck!

  22. 10-21

    Haltering time would have been a great hands-on intertainment/experience for the party. Lots of people to make a human coral. Hind-sight!
    Hope you get some of the men folk to give you help. 52,Frank,The cattle guy, The builder, call them all for the job…and then you can take the pictures without being run ragged. GOOD LUCK!

  23. 10-21

    Haha…that’s one spoiled little child, uh I mean calf!!!

  24. 10-21

    She’s cute as a button, but she’s an obvious handful! Please get her halter trained before her balkiness puts you at serious risk of an accident.

  25. 10-21

    Oh boy! my hubby always said if you have them the first day you better do what you gotta do cause you arent laying a hand on them again:) :devil2:

  26. 10-21

    I think she thinks it’s all a big game.She obviously is loving the chase.Good luck.

  27. 10-21

    I recognize that “puss” on Glory Bee as she stands outside BP’s fence. It belonged to my daughter when she was a toddler. “NO! I will do it MINE NOWN!” Not a misspelling. That’s how she pronounced it.

    Ah, my heart bleeds for both you and BP. Children can be such ungrateful wenches. :devil2:

  28. 10-21

    I must say, she sure is cute! Unfortunately, I can’t give any advice. I have four rotten dogs on my hands. I thought they were just too cute to discipline when they were young, but now that they are older some of their antics are pretty obnoxious. My mother? She just laughs and says I told you so! :yes:

  29. 10-21

    Oh she has stinker written oll over her face LOL

  30. 10-21

    While I agree with Jersey Lady, you start on day 1 with the halter, day 2 at the latest, that cow has left the corral. I think Carina has a great idea. Glory Bee is a curious calf, set yourself out in the yard and ignore her. If she likes the dogs or the donkeys or whatever, lavish them with attention, GB gets none or at least none that she notices. A bag of calf starter would be a good investment too. It is usually a very sweet feed to entice them to eat, don’t let BP or the other critters get much of it as it can cause the runs when consumed in large amounts (calves usually don’t start chowing down right away). See if she can be bribed when her curiosity gets the better of her. Also make sure you carry that halter with you at all times around the cows. Tie it to your belt loop, put it over your arm, whatever just make it a visible and constant presence. You and the halter are one. If you can get her to be more interested in you and your doings, give her a scratch but don’t try to halter herfor a while. This approach will take time, a lot of time, but there is less of the fact that you will continue to teach her that she is in control of you. She needs to be taught that you are the giver of yummy food that mom can’t provide, and heavenly scratches in all those hard to reach places. If you can get her use to you touching her slipping the halter on can come later. You might want to get a larger halter too :yes: .

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