A Cow’s Trip To The Beauty Parlor

For the last month or so, we’ve been feeding one of our cows a generous portion of grain to fatten her up for a trip to the butcher.  We decided we shouldn’t mention the word “butcher” to her, but tell her she would be taking a trip to the beauty parlor instead. So last week the date finally arrived for her to get her hair and nails done, so to speak. Harland loaded her onto the stock trailer and drove her to town. He arrived at the butcher before they opened, but they had told him earlier to just drop her off into a specified pen. So he did that and then headed back home.  Later that morning I received an email at work from Harland:

“I dropped the cow off at the locker this morning.  Then I got a call a little bit ago from the butcher.  Apparently the gate was open at the far end of the pen and she got out.  The cops and the butcher were out chasing her.  Pretty good mental image of a guy with a bloody apron and cops chasing a cow around town.  They got her in with another farmer’s cattle, and the guy said he was going to get his cows up tomorrow to work them, so I’ll go over then and bring her back home.  We’ll try again on June 6.  It won’t hurt her to have a couple more weeks on grain.  But I’m pretty sure she now realizes that it is NOT a beauty appointment.
Hope your day is going well.”

Cows have a good memory, and so we’re hoping we won’t have any trouble taking her back to the butcher. I don’t know…….

See that look in her eye?

She’s onto us now.


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9 Responses

  1. Lynda M O says:

    She is definitely On to you all. Even I, who has never had a cow can see the “set” in her body. Hope she tastes better than she looks !~!

  2. Kathy says:

    How funny! I just had a mental picture of a “Keystone Cops” type scene with the cow running down a street with a butcher (bloody apron and cleaver included) and some cops running after her. I know that we have to humanely kill animals to have meat, but I always feel sorry for them. And believe me, she knows it’s no beauty parlor visit now. Look at that face!

  3. Lisa says:

    She is L.O.O.K.I.N.G. at you in that last picture – she knows. I am at work and I laughed out loud in my office!!

  4. Michaele says:

    Oh that is funny. But it’s not. But it is.

  5. Dianna says:

    I could never raise animals for slaughter…. never.

    But this was a cute post – funny how Harland worded his e-mail!

  6. mary m says:

    Don’t you have a couple acres on that farm
    where she could mosey around and eat grass and
    be an “auntie” to the next generations of babies?
    I just could not eat that sweetie, looking at me
    like that.
    (softie mm in vancouver, wa.)

  7. Now that’s a good way to do it! We recently ate our rooster. He had gotten aggressive and charged one of the boys, so that was it for him! At least his legacy lives on – his chicks hatched the day we took him out.

  8. Doe of Mi. says:

    Looks like your in for some trouble. She is really standing her ground now.

  9. Oh my goodness!! What a story! Almost sounds like nursery rhyme..with the buthcher running down the street with his big butcher knife and apron and the policeman running on foot blowing his whistle and waving his night club in the air. Too funny! She is a beautiful cow though!

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