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4140 MS Hwy 7 N
Holly Springs
United States

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Weesner Meadow is a natural ranch near Holly Springs. Direct sales - lamb, pork, beef, livestock & Italian Maremma livestock guardian dogs.

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Slurpee cup and good aim

Karen Weesner

Well first to follow up on yesterday's segment, my new sheep strategy was brilliant.  Stay on the other side of the fence and let Farmer Jeff handle it.  Worked like a charm for me and him too.  The sheep gave him only a fraction of the trouble they gave me.  But what did I do while he was sheeping?  Now thats a good blog post. 

The two steers we have are new to our farm.  We got them from our neighbors, the good farmers Ronnie and Harriett.  They are teenage cows and although they are terribly inquisitive are horribly shy and suspicious.  Like I said, teenagers.  Anyhow, they are plaqued by flies now.  Its awful, and they are developing horrible tics to help keep them moving.  So, its time to put some of that permethrin stuff on them to try to help. 

Unfortunately, I have a large container of insect repellenty stuff, no applicator, and two steers that don't want me to look straight at them or get within 4 feet of them.  But I am a newly made farmer.  Undaunted.  Ok I was daunted by the sheep yesterday, but these are cows.  I can handle them.  I did have the insecty stuff.  One up for me.  Directions just say to pour it down the back of the steer.  Hmmm.  Needing a pouring device, I return to the Honda Pilot and search for a suitable device.  Yep, the slurpee cup won.  I was mostly finished anyway.  

I use the nightly feeding as a suitable sneak time to get the repellent onto the cows. While they are eating the first few bites I empty the remains of the slurpee and pour in an appropriate amount of repellent and get into position.  I strategize whether over hand or under hand would be the best way to fling and decide over hand will get me more distance when they start running.  I slide into position, aim for the black steer first as he has more flies, do a couple fake swats so they become desensitized to my flinging movements, and then fling away.   

Yep, a miss.  But a good learning experience.  I get more repellent in the Slurpee cup and slide into position again but realign based on the cows fleeing pattern.  I keep my face tilted as though I am looking somewhere else and try to get closer to them.  No such luck as they immediately back away.  I try coming at them from the rear flank.  Nope.  The side.  Nope.  Hmmm.  Back to my original positioning at their heads.  They look at me with suspicious eyes and then I just fling away.  Missed the black steer but hit dead on with the white one.  Aha.  A strategy appears.  Aim for one cow and hit the other.  I never said good aim meant you hit what you were aiming for.