8,000 Pounds of Bull


This used to be a feed trough in the bullpen.

Me:  “Ok, who’s responsible?”


The Bulls:  “For what?”

Me: “The feed trough! It cost us $100. You guys aren’t checking out of Harland & Suzanne’s Winter Bovine Resort without paying, so fess up.”

The Bulls:  “We didn’t do it.”

Me: “Oh, and I suppose it just crumpled in on itself.”

The Bulls:  “Yeah. We had extra gravity the other night. It was scary. Thing just caved in.”

Me:  “Oh what a load of bull.”

The Bulls:  “Watch it lady, we don’t cotton to that kinda talk around here.”


Me:  “Look guys, just tell me which one of you did it, I’ll add it to your bill, and we can all get on with our day. Rocco? Gunner? Titus?”

The Bulls:  “We didn’t do it.”

Me:  “You all are the only ones in there, so it had to be one of you three!”

The Bulls:   “You forgot about Slash over there.”


The Bulls:  “He did it.”


The Bulls:  “We saw him. He deliberately stepped into the trough and destroyed it.”

Slash:  “Oh please. You guys are talkin manure. I’m knee deep over here.  Look lady, they were fighting over the last bit of grain in the trough one day and next thing you know they’re pushing and shoving each other around and Rocco fell in the trough and Gunner tried to gouge his eyes out with his hooves and then Titus did a belly flop on top of Rocco….

And there you go. That’s what happened.”

Me:  “Really guys? A little old for that kind of rough horseplay aren’t you? Well…whatever. I’ll add it to your bill along with the gate chain you broke last spring when you were fighting with each other. “

The Bulls:  “We’re not paying.”


Me:  “Oh yeah? Fine then. Come June 1 when it’s time for you guys to be turned out with the cows, you 3 are staying here.”

The Bulls:   “WHAT!??!?!?!?   You can’t do that lady!!!!!  You need US to get the cows pregnant!!!”

Me:  “Slash can take care of them.”

The Bulls:  “No he can’t!!  There are dozens and dozens of cows!!! And Harland said he wanted us to take care of all of them within 30 days this year!!!!!!!”

Me:  “Slash looks pretty capable to me. Sorry guys…..”






The Bulls:  “Will you take a debit card?”




Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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10 Responses

  1. Alica says:

    I can see the wheels turning…those tiny little bull brains had to work pretty hard to think up those excuses! 🙂 They sure know how to wreck things up, don’t they?

  2. JB says:

    Oh….how funny! I’m a little afraid [ok…a lot afraid of bulls!].
    My Dad always told me that my really red hair was like a challenge flag for our bulls. Maybe now that it is starting to grey I can stop sneaking past the bull pasture!!

  3. Cameo says:

    That was fun.. do the bulls fight among themselves ?

    I want to make a comment about the last Kitty post.
    Suzanne those pictures are so sweet they brought tears to my eyes.
    Have you every entered your pictures in any contest ?
    They sure look like a prize winner to me.

    Always enjoy your posts

    • Suzanne says:

      This time of year because spring and love is in the air, they are fighting a bit. Usually over the feed trough. Lots of shoving, headbutting, wrestling. There’s a lot of power in a bull – they each weigh about a ton. When 2 of them fight, you get out of the way.

      I’ve never entered a photo competition. Sharing my pics with all of you and enjoying your feedback helps me to be a better photographer, and I feel like a winner whenever I receive a comment from you guys.

      Thank you Cameo!

  4. Debbie says:

    You are too funny!
    I’d just stay out of their way if I was you(or Harland)!
    What a lot of bull and awesome strength there is going on in there! Yikes!

  5. Dixie says:

    Love the dialogue & photos!

    I remember my Grandma telling me how she and her sister were trapped an entire afternoon in a hot corn crib – while a huge bull grazed & lounged just outside.

  6. Claudette says:

    Wow!!! I’m learning so much about cows and farming from you. The look on thier faces were priceless, just like they were really thinking that. They look kinda docile standing there. Never knew the power in them, that trough is a mangled mess- yikes! Another fun post 🙂

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