Saturday, October 25, 2008

Buyers Remorse

Do you see the serious contemplation on my hubby's face? Yes, he was a thoughtful, intentional buyer today at the local bull and cow sale. We arrived early to be able and walk around in the bull pens, peruse the information on each bull and then try and buy a couple at a reasonable price. Which my husband did do. We got two bulls that are truly Superior, (more on this tomorrow, and be on the ready for a bull naming contest!) Myself, on the other hand, made an incredibly unthoughtful, rash bid and came away with 11 more geriatric cows. What was I thinking? I think I was thinking that they were cute, and looked like they needed a home, and the price was bargain basement. They are all pregnant and they are supposed to have all their teeth, but as we loaded them we couldn't help but notice that a few of them had walkers! And perhaps the full set of teeth they have is because they were wearing dentures. Yikes, I certainly had no plans to buy any cows, I actually have been worried about the shortage of feed and our seemingly lack of rain thus far, so I really must have been blinded by that blue light special. Come on you ladies out there. Surely you know how it is?


  1. Well, I've never bought a bunch of COWS on an impulse, but I've regretted walking anywhere near the dollar section at Target.

    Not sure if that's what you're talking about ;)

  2. I remember attending my first livestock sale as a little girl and being threatened with my life if I so much as scratched my nose - much less bid on anything. I've always been too intimidated to try it since.

    Perhaps these new ladies of yours are just "late bloomers?"

  3. Oh TJ, that's so funny! Poor girl. I'm with Rae--I've never purchased bovine in bulk, but I'm sure I've had my share of floppy ideas.

    Just love them. :)

  4. Yikes, it's a good thing we're flying to Mexico. There's no tellin' what you might want to bring home from there! When I was a teen, we used to bring home cute little baby piglets and kid goats from the auction. My dad taught us some tough lessons when he would sell our "pets" to immigrant farm workers for pit b-b-q's.

  5. Whew, here I am thinking about buying a third horse and worrying about that - 11 cows - plus the two bulls you came for.

    You, my dear, are a Super Shopper!

    I am sure those Senior Citizen cows will love living with you.


  6. I tossed and turned all night regretting my impulsive buy. I was hoping there was a 24 hour return policy or something on used cows! Then this morning while we were having our coffee we gazed across the hillside at the middle barn and paddock where the said cows where in confinement. We could just barely make out our new senior citizens laying down in the sunshine. Mark turned to me and said, in his best old cow voice..."Mabel, I thought you said they were hauling us to the slaughter house... this looks like heaven to me". I couldn't help but smile and feel a little better. Mark is always so sweet like that.

  7. That is just one reason I will not permit myself to attend any livestock auctions, especially for horses.
    I just know I'd come home with an impulse buy or two, and probably regret it.

    I love that image of your cows in the sun chatting about what a great life they've fallen into there.
    Mark is a good guy for softening the situation and looking on the 'grass is greener' side of the mountain :)



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