The Bulls

We don’t name our bulls, but for the sake of this post, let’s call them Bob and Fred. This is Bob. We’ve had him for about 3 years now.

Bob is 4 years old, and in his prime. Bob is big.

Bob weighs about 2000 pounds. Check out his neck and shoulder muscles.

Harland and I were trying to load Bob into a trailer Sunday. Bob didn’t want to get on the trailer. I was blocking an escape route for him, something I do when we work the cows, and it usually works with them. Not Bob. Bob sized me up, a 100 pound female weakling, and charged straight for me. I bluffed him for about 1 second and then got out of the way. I let Harland finish loading Bob.

And then here’s Fred. He’s the one on the left.

Fred is new to our place, and just arrived yesterday. Fred is about a year and a half old, and weighs about 1200 pounds. Right now, Fred is dwarfed by Bob, but he is impressive in his own right. Both Bob and Fred will be going to pasture on June 1. They have about 50 ladies waiting for them.

Hopefully, Bob and Fred will go out on “dates” with all 50 ladies in the next 2 months. This will ensure that our calving season next spring will only last about 2 months.

No pressure guys.


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19 Responses

  1. marnie says:

    LOL, If I was a cow, I’d pick Fred. Got that cute little earring going on, plus he has a more intellectual expression than Bob:)

  2. It’s always like that…the ruling king and the up and comer.

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Gardener,
      Yes, I watched them interact a little while last night, and Bob is definitely in charge, no question.

  3. Boy your place is “full of bull”. LOL. I too seem to be the one that has to block the escape route. I too stand my ground until the going gets tough, then I get going over the fence! Even though we raise our bulls from usually 8 months and up seems like they like to get a wild hair every now and then.When I let Jim out of the barn this year, I first opened gate, then opened door, then got out of the way.

    • Suzanne says:

      Hello CattleCallFarm,
      I’m ok with the cows, but I don’t want anything to do with the bulls. They’re scary.

  4. Linda says:

    Good looking Guys!!! I like how your took these photos. I thought I might try to get photos of our bull. Ours is a little frightening but I like your shots so I’m going to try….


    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Linda,
      I stayed on my side of the gate when I took the pics. I’m not going in the same pen with a bull for a while. Yikes.

  5. rebecca says:

    OMG. Bob is a big bad mamma jamma. He be looking meeeeeeaaaaan too.

    the ladies will love the ‘bad boy’ i am sure. 🙂

    • Suzanne says:

      Hey Rebecca,
      Thanks for stopping by friend!
      The cows are doing their hair and painting their nails in anticipation of Bob and Fred.

  6. rebecca says:

    suzy-Q i loooooove this blog. your pictures are truly awesome.

  7. Suzanne, I am working on passing my award. Thanks again! Sorry it’s taking so long, but the sun has been out and so have I. Later, Kathy

  8. Teresa says:

    They are nice looking bulls, and should give you great babies. My bull doesn’t scare me, but he’s less than a month old. Ask me again in the fall, and I’m not going to say anything but excuse me.

  9. They look up to the job to me. Awesome photos!

  10. I liked your post about “Bob” and “Fred”. They are mean looking, but kinda cute…sorta…looking too! Geez, how long does it take 2 bulls to service 50 cows?? I don’t believe I have ever been close to a bull, but I have been very close to cows. We have a local dairy that we visit frequently to buy milk, cheese, and ground beef. I always wondered if they each had a personality of their own. Do your bulls seem to have a “personalilty” all their own?

    • Suzanne says:

      Hello Bonnie Riffle,
      Thanks for visiting Bob and Fred. I can’t say that they are mean, but they are onery. They will throw their weight around as much as possible, and don’t seem ever to be afraid of anything. Definitely different than the cows, who tend to be timid and easily frightened. As to your question, about how long it takes for the bulls to service the cows: most of them will be taken care of in 60 days. Love can’t be rushed you know. :o) I’ve never noticed the bulls having different personalities though. They all seem the same to me – big and onery. The cows have very different personalities, like people.

  11. ellada says:

    50 lady’s for them, Wow!!!
    Good luck!!!

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