February 26, 2014

a walk with winter cows

the weather here has been impeccable. like…60º and you just can't beat that at this time in idaho. 

i mean…tomorrow it could be 25 degrees with winds at 75 mph…but for today we have 60º and i'm in love. 

each winter, ranchers rent our corn fields to put their cows on. this is a particular treat for our kaye who is absolutely smitten with cows. she moos at them every morning. 

we took advantage of the nice weather a few nights ago and took a walk to see the winter cows. 
if only they were baby cows. i would just die of sheer delight. 

did you know baby cows don't have top teeth?

you can pop your four fingers right into their mouths and they'll just suck away and it's the cutest thing. 

right…it's the cutest thing? or am i the only one?

anyway…there's an electric fence surrounding our field. you can barely see it so i was convinced i was going to walk into it at any moment. 

when we approached, my farmer (with turtle on his back) just walked right over it. he's a long-legged thing. dancer legs for miles. 

for about 45 seconds my farmer had me convinced that i could jump it. 

and you know what? i really thought i could. i even gave it a running start two different times, but stopped short twice. 

thank god i'm not a fool. i surely would have been electrocuted. 
instead, i crouched down.

how low can she go? can she go down low? all the way to the flo? (dj casper anyone? cha cha slide? college…anyone?)

i was terrified i was going to brush my back on that wire. 

you see, one time when i was a young gal (like eight or so) i clipped my back on an electric fence and i'm mentally scarred for life. i have zero recollection of what it actually feels like to be electrocuted, but i very clearly remember i didn't like it. and now i'm as scared of electric fences as some may be to heights. i have issues. 

anyway…once safely within the confines of the fence my farmer informed me that we needed to be very quiet and he crouched down. 

i didn't know what he was doing so i followed suit. 
the cows started gathering and getting closer and closer. 

i was still clueless. 

then…in a burst of speed he jumped up and started chasing the cows with my turtle in tow.

you guys…this is farm living, i guess?

cow chasing?
there really is nothing like seeing 500 head of cattle peel out all because your farmer and turtle are after them. 

i'm sure the ranchers appreciated us burning a few calories off their cows too…said no rancher ever. 


  1. Cha cha slide...I haven't heard that in at least 7 years. I hear ya with the electric fence. I grew up on a farm and saw our dog get popped by one (he was okay) but was terrified of them after that.

  2. Haha oh that's delightful.

  3. My cousins use to grab my hand then grab the electric fence to shock me, still traumatized. I loved going with my dad to feed the baby cows when I was young, they are so adorable.

  4. Not sure I could let a baby cow suck my fingers, but chasing them sounds fun!

  5. I would not even go near the electric fence. I just can't.

  6. Ha ha...I wish I could have witnessed this. And I don't blame you for crouching. Much safer than jumping!

  7. Come and see the baby cows! You can even stick your fingers in their mouth if that's your thing. :)

    1. it's totally my thing! have you never done that??!!

  8. 1. whatdoyoumean60degreesinfebruary!?!? Its -9 here..ughh
    2. I have almost the EXACT same fear of electric fences because of a brush with one when I was 5 and can't recall at all what it felt like.
    3. My husband would try to get me to jump it too.
    4. I miss farm life, corn fields and cows.

    1. seriously. he was like…jump it. you can do it. and i was like, "really? you think i can?" he wanted to see me eat it…right in the dirt and corn. harsh. we have 60º now, but it'll be -25 tomorrow. that's just how idaho is.

  9. I love cows!!! Yes baby cows are the cutest thing ever. And who doesn't moo at them?

    I actually laughed at "i very clearly remember i didn't like it. and now i'm as scared of electric fences as some may be to heights" Isn't that the exact use of electric fences? To keep creatures scared of them. In reality I got myself zapped at 13 by a fence, it hurt like crazy but only for a minute. No that I want to do it again, but it wasn't quite as bad as I thought it would be.

    Thank you for sharing, I love seeing them chase the cows!

  10. Oh how I love this!!! My grandparents have a farm in Waxhaw, NC and we used to feed some of the calves bottles when they were little...love those lil baby cows <3! Xx.

  11. This is too funny. I have gotten shocked once by an electric fence, back when I was in college training my yearling. It was NOT fun! So glad you were smart enough to duck under.


  12. I guess it is better than cow tipping?! I would not want to be electrocuted, is there an actual wire or just the top of the pole?

  13. Hahaha that is hilarious! I would have loved to see that. I would be freaking out like you about the fence too, I am pretty uncoordinated so I would probably get electrocuted.

  14. I didn't realize that you lived in Idaho! I live in Washington, granted it's on the opposite side.. but still ha ha.
    That's so fun that you guys get to play with all of those cows! I've always wanted a cow ha ha and the babies are so adorable!
    I've had my fair share of run-ins with electric fences, and it hurts every time. Most of the time it's because I was an idiot, but now I know to listen for the clicking and then I know whether or not they are safe to touch :D

  15. This is too funny! I've done my fair share of chasing our own cows back in college. Yeah. And then there was the one time we started an entire dang stampede on the 4th of July. We knew we put our cows in the back pasture for the night so we could have firework fun. But the idiot 'neighbor' (because it's a ranch...no one is THAT close) moved his cows AFTER DARK. Who does this?! And black brangus cattle are not visible on a moonless night. Their front pasture neighbored our driveway/road where we had our fireworks ready to light up the sky. Needless to say, the stampede resulted in a lot of electrocuted cattle who were scared poop-less and had no idea where to go to get away from the arsenal. After the dust settled, we laughed til we cried, but I'm sure those cows were in serious need of counseling after that night.

  16. This so hilarious! what a fun evening, just enjoying the life that you have around you! My little girl Elyse would go crazy if cows were that close to us...she LOVES them!


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