Thursday, May 29, 2014

Good Fences #10

These Red Simmental cattle pasture down the road from us, in the same pasture as the dappled donkey duo I posted a couple of weeks ago (no doubt, the donkeys help guard the herd and protect the calves from coyotes.) They're not up next to the fence line very often, so even though the lighting wasn't great, I stopped and snapped some photos of them one afternoon.
Mr. Bull

A close-up of his back shows a rather crude looking 'brand' in the shape of a heart. It looks less like a true hot-metal brand and more like scar tissue from a knife, but I'm not a cattle expert. Either way, across his ribs, that had to hurt!
Not the prettiest heart, but I'm going to link in to Guest Heart Thursday with it anyway!
Some of his ladies and offspring.

Mama and calf. Cute little tyke!
Now the link-up!

1. Link in a post featuring a photo or photos of fences or gates.
2. Link back to Run*A*Round Ranch Report in your post or use the badge code to display the Good Fences button in your post that automatically links back here.
3. If time allows, please visit some of the other participants and comment on their shared posts.

Thank you!

147 comments:

Brian King said...

Good looking bull! They were apparently curious about what you were doing!

Sheeps and Peeps Farm said...

Great looking family! Thank you for picking up the link-in. Beautiful photos as always :)

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Beautiful reds!!!!

eileeninmd said...

They are beautiful cattle! I do feel sorry for the bull, I hope that brand mark did not hurt him! Thanks for hosting, have a happy day!

Revrunner said...

Does seem awfully crude and cruel.

EG CameraGirl said...

Oh, I love the photo with the calf!

Rose said...

That heart looks a little strange. He looks huge! And the babies adorable.

messymimi said...

Shouldn't the bull be named Mr. Necessity?

They look content. It's always nice to see grazers when they look content.

Margaret Adamson said...

Lovely cattle and the young one are so cute but I do not like that heart on the Bull! Looks cruel. Thanks for hosting.

Pamela Gordon said...

I love cows. There's something about seeing them in the green pasture that makes me happy. And all cows are nosy. lol Great photos of these ones.

orchid Miyako said...

Wow; heart shaped mark♡ I DO hope these marks won't hurt them, too!
Lovely mom and calf; haha, I checked "tyke", got it☆☆☆
And please let me add one unrelated comment. For students, they cannot differentiate the sound of "heart, hurt". We don't have the sound made by rolled up tongue inside the mouth.

Thank you very much for hosting, Theresa.

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to my American photographer friend, xoxo Miyako*

William Kendall said...

Ouch....poor bull.

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sad. But they are pretty:@)

michaelswoodcraft said...

Love the bull picture!

magnoliasntea said...

The look of that heart is worrisome to me. I sure hope whatever method was used to make it is not still being done.

Frank said...

Lovely animals.

Susan said...

Yes, I agree about that heart... but that aside he looks quite a contented fellow, good paddock and fine looking offspring :D)

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

That's a good looking bull- and mama and baby too! That is a strange place for a brand. (Looks like some kind of tattoo more than a brand to me.) I thought brands went on butts/ hind ends. I'm surprised he stood still for you!

Cranberry Morning said...

Whoa! That is one formidable fella! I see 5 strands of barbed wire, and yet I can't imagine it confining him if he were really ticked off.

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, such beautiful animals, love to see them. Great looking Bull, yes, I agree, ouch on the heart, Blessings Francine.

Beth said...

I love your fence photos today! What a magnificent creature! Thank you for being our hostess!

Alica said...

I love the coloring of the cattle, and of course the young ones are always cute!

Lynne said...

They are keeping an eye on you Tex!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Bodaciously beautiful bovines!

thirtysevenandcounting said...

So nice they came up to the fence to say 'hi!' :-) They're beautiful!

~Lindy

Catherine said...

Ouch! Hurt indeed!
Aren't baby cows adorable?
xo Catherine

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

What gorgeous animals. Not happy about that heart.

Mary Cromer said...

"This web page not available" "Reload/cancel" and I have to reload to get to your posts, as well as a few others. I am so sorry, it takes me so long to struggle through getting to my favorite blog posts... WOW that bull is so COOL!

Pom Pom said...

I love cows! We saw lots of them up in the mountains - goats, too!

DJan said...

Nice looking creature, but you're right: that had to hurt. Some people... :-)

Dar said...

Great looking bull and family with a sad brand...my brother had a Red Simmental bull a while back. He traded him as a calf for a white-face heifer. I think he got a deal.

Blackberry Lane said...

I love their coloring. I hope to link up with you later today. I know a good fence to photograph IF I can find my camera!!!

Julia said...

You're right, that must have hurt. I can't see why he was marked like that. He's a beautiful animal.

We have to ear tag our cattle and it's done when very young. It's quick and doesn't seem to bother them.
Hugs,
JB

Kate said...

That is one big fella behind that fence!!

Tanya Breese said...

he's beautiful...i'd like to carve something in his owners ribs! poor guy :(

Montanagirl said...

That's one impressive bull!

Debbie said...

the heart, looks hand done to me, proving someone, had no heart at all!!

the cattle are gorgeous and i really like those barbed wire fences. they are "flimsy" but seem to do the trick. i guess it's the wire itself that keeps them in. now i just highlighted the fact that i am not even a little bit country!!

Anvilcloud said...

This was a good GoodFences.

Maggid said...

He sure is handsome . . .

Ileana said...

Poor bull! He is beautiful!
Have a nice day,Theresa and thanks for hosting!

marilyn said...

he is a 'beaut' and mama and calf are adorable....

DeniseinVA said...

That is one magnificent bull and like many here I don't like that brand mark at all. He has a lovely family, especially the little calf.

A Quiet Corner said...

Now that bothers me...really bothers me! Isn't that animal cruelty when a branding iron isn't used????...:)JP

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Nice bob wire to keep him inside his pasture!! Poor guy when he received the heart brand.

Judy said...

I'm always amazed at how big bulls are.

Gert said...

Great photos, great fences, BAD brand. (Love the heart..but....) looked like a crude brand. So sad...yes, I'm sure it hurt.

I'm linking today..funny, now I'm looking for fences when we're out and about...lol

Blessings,
Gert

Carola Bartz said...

"Your" cows are beautiful - the bull and his ladies and calves. So cute! I love cows - I don't know why. I grew up with them (my Dad was a vet for the "big" animals which means mainly farm animals) and where I live there are so many cows (and grapes).

karmnik54 said...

Ładna krowa:)

Sylvia K said...

Handsome cows and great shots for the day!!

CJ said...

While I'm looking at your fences, I'm really enjoying the cattle ---love cows.

Molly The Wally said...

The last picture is great as you really can see how big Mr Bull is. Cute calf. Have a tremendous Thursday,
Best wishes Molly

Sally Crowe said...

They are so cute when they're little.

Yeah, I bet that "branding" really hurt.

don said...

I like your close up of the cattle. I'm glad you were ready to do some shooting when they were close to the fence.

Phil Slade said...

Good thing that barbed fence was in place. He looks like he could get nasty with your camera.

MarkD60 said...

When I see cattle, it makes me sad we eat beef. But I love my steak!

Felicia said...

Ouch poor guy, gotta feel sorry for them when they brand them anywhere. Nice looking cattle. pretty green grass too. you all must have gotten some rain.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Love the little calf!

Rebecca said...

Aahhh cute little one!

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Love red cows. Especially red roans. We have a neighbor that breeds for red roans. Sad about the "brand". Little red is darling!

DIMI said...

He's beautiful Tex!I like cows,but you can see them only in the Greek villages!Great shots!!
Dimi...

Filip Demuinck said...

A fence is missing here, I don't like the burn mark.

Greetings,
Filip

Leovi said...

I love these pretty pictures, pretty Mama and calf!

thepoodleanddogblog said...

City wimp that i am that doesn't look like a very sturdy fence to hold such a fearsome beast.

Karen said...

Isn't he a brute! Do cattle still get branded?! I thought they tagged their ears now.

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful cattle. It looks like someone just carved the heart in the poor guy's hide. Ouch!

Andrea Priebe said...

If I were you, I would be greatful for the seemingly minimal fence between me and the bull. That said, it disgusts me what people will do to animals without a second thought. Sorry for the Bull even if I am glad he is behind a fence. His femmes and babies are quiet nice too. Nice post Theresa :)

Bob Bushell said...

Horrible thing to do to a poor man-cow, ugghhh. I love the others though, especially cute little one.

joeh said...

I won't be able to order Veal for a month now.

Stephen Hayes said...

That bull looks so very big---and long. If I drew a bull that way I'd think I'd made an error. Great pics.

Sandra said...

I love mr bull and hir horns are wonderful and his family is beautiful. hate the heart, hurts my heart to see it

The Queen Jester said...

I'm not sure why cattle are so lovely to me, I'm sure many people don't find them that way...but there's something about those big dark eyes that just tug at my heartstrings.

Gail Dixon said...

I've never seen this type of cattle before--pretty. Sad about the carved or branded heart. Owie! Thanks for hosting!!

Linda R said...

WOW! Those are some good looking cattle. I little one with its mom..

Thanks Bunches my friend for Hosting.

Hugs~

Crafty Green Poet said...

I love the photo of the cow with her calf

Cloudia said...

Inspiring.

I'm gonna link!


Aloha

Stephanie Faris said...

Ouch!!!!! I hate that cattle are still branded. It's like a tattoo...only they don't choose to go through that pain!

Chandra said...

Calf and the parent are so cute.
Peace :)

Branding - so punitive and egotistical IMHO. Can't they be chipped, if that's a more humane approach?

Irma said...

I love the photo of the cow with her calf.
Greetings Irma

cobie en bas van Es said...

heel mooi maar dat lijkt mij geen gewoon lidteken.

Deanna said...

Those are fine looking cattle, such a deep reddish brown, and I agree that heart shape carving had to hurt!!

ladyfi said...

Oh, that poor cow with the brand! Lovely shots.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

He's a handsome bull, and I'd say he needs a good fence--He looks pretty serious, the calf, not so much, but he's a cutie!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

He is very intimidating, interesting scar. I hope you have a good zoom, I'm not sure I'd want to get that close.

Red said...

I notice how the cows are always interested in us. I guess they like their pictures taken.

Elaine said...

Nice looking cattle. Perhaps they're hanging out by the fence in hopes of getting some of that yummy green grass on the other side.

BumbleVee said...

I've decided to have some fun with your Fences group. And, how weird...several of us seem to frequent similar blogs I guess...because I see names I recognize... off to check John and Sinbad...that guy must see a ton of fences!!

Patty Woodland said...

Poor bull. There had to be a better way of marking him

barbara l. hale said...

Good looking cattle, but I feel bad for that poor cow with the brand.

Sheila at WolfSongBlog.Com said...

I love seeing cattle out in the fields, especially the bulls. I have been trying, and will capture one day, a Long Horn!

Great shots of this bull and ladies.

I feel really bad for how the carving was done.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

He's a handsome guy, but I sure hate to think how that branding must have hurt! Poor fella. Those pretty ladies have made him forget all about that by now, I'm sure. lol!

Donna said...

Whoa, he sure is a big dude! Love the little calf too.

Catherine said...

That scare certainly looks like it hurt. The cattle are quite beautiful though. blessings, Catherine

Robin Lamb said...

T, that's a lotta bull!

RedPat said...

He's a fierce beastie!

Black Jack's Carol said...

Stopping by in a rush but will be back to leave comments for some of the other wonderful fence posts (play on words just realized :) Love your bull. Hate the brand or whatever that is!

Mersad said...

So sad what they did to that bull. As you said that had to hurt a lot!

I like that last shot. Adorable!

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Debby Ray said...

Whew! I'm exhausted from making my way down your comment section...you have more than I have seen on any blog! Lots of folks out there love yours, no doubt, myself included :) I never tire of seeing cows...or fences for that matter. These are wonderful pics of both!

Ela said...

Lovely family !

Gerald (SK14) said...

There is an awful lot of beef in there!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful cattle -- that brand doesn't look very professional and that's a shame.

FOREST SNAPPER said...

A fine set of photos even with the crude branding mark, your getting more and more joining this GOOD FENCES, so thank you for doing it.


peter

edenhills said...

Such a big beautiful breed! My MJ was 1/4 Simmental.

Marit Sønstebø said...

Cute mother and baby calf! They are impressive animals :-)

Deb said...

he might want a refund on that tattoo...great photos...

Ida said...

Well I must say the brand is indeed not one from an Iron. I've always thought branding seemed a bit cruel anyway but that seems worse yet.
The cattle are very handsome, love their color and of course babies always look adorable.

Pantherka said...

Beautiful photos, calf's cute.
Greetings.

MyJourneyBack said...

Oh I am with you. I doesn't look like a brand. How cruel. I enjoyed the heart though. I came by from another blog where you commented. I liked your name. I live in Texas too.
I am going to check out your linky.
Nice to meet you.
Sherry

MyJourneyBack said...

Oh I am with you. I doesn't look like a brand. How cruel. I enjoyed the heart though. I came by from another blog where you commented. I liked your name. I live in Texas too.
I am going to check out your linky.
Nice to meet you.
Sherry

Furry Bottoms said...

Oh my, that was one humongous beautiful bull!!! Its too bad about the scar tissue. But he was HUGE!!!!

Our photos said...

They seem to be interested in You, also

ellen b. said...

Here's lookin at you. Such interesting creatures behind those fences!

Marissa said...

MOO....
I know this is weird, but I love the smell of cows!!!
I feel like a "real rancher" when i am in their presence.

XO Marissa

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Brands have always made me cringe a bit, although I get it. The baby calf is absolutely adorable, and goats help keep the predators away? I learn something new everyday! Thanks so much for hosting!

Clytie said...

Wow. I always hated the old movies where they branded the cows - I figured that had to hurt. To do it like this one is probably done, well that's just all kinds of wrong. The only consolation is that it looks to be healed now, and doesn't hurt anymore. Someone had to be really stupid to go after a bull with a knife, though!
Thanks for linking up with Guest Heart Thursday!

Beth @ "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

ok, that must be a tough bull ... why would someone do that? ouch!! ( :

i must admit a branding with a heart would be a good idea though. we met a guy once who makes brands. very cool to see how they go through that process.

June Caedmon said...

Ouch! I would think that type of branding has to hurt more than a hot iron - it would take longer to heal for sure. Being from a small family farm in VT I have a fondness for cows. These are beautiful! Thanks for sharing! (I need to get out a photograph some fences so I can join the linky fun!)

Randy said...

Love that last shot.

Linda said...

Nice looking cattle, but I don't care for that messed-up brand.

Stephanie said...

Fabulous shots of the family especially the wee one being so cute! That branding does not look too kind to the animal, as you say, must of hurt badly.

Paula said...

You have a beautiful cattle herd for neighbors.

Sandy Carlson said...

Handsome fellow! That scar looks painful!

Arija said...

Theresa, you definitely are the fastest gun in the west! Your comment flashed up even before I could put the link in my post.
That flimsy fence wouldn't have a hope of keeping a bull in around here. I'd love to post for your meme but I seem to be spread too thinly on the ground already.

Paul said...

Good looking cattle your neighbor has there...

I thought you were supposed to brand cattle on the rump not the ribs, ouch that woulda hurt!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Those are some big cattle! I don't think I've heard of that breed. We raised Black Angus growing up.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

yr Mr Bull looks very long? (tall)

Margaret said...

… amazes me that those (thankfully strong) thin wires keep him on his side… Yes, that brand looks horrible…

SweetMarie said...

Love all these photos! That may be a heart, but if someone used a knife then they were heartless.
hugs,
Marie

SweetMarie said...

Love all these photos! That may be a heart, but if someone used a knife then they were heartless.
hugs,
Marie

Karen S. said...

I think Mr. Bull was happy to have his picture taken! But ouch for sure on his brand when they did it. Poor baby.

Mary Kirkland said...

Oh I'm sure that brand probably did hurt...ouch. Great photos though. Cows and bulls have such lovely eyes.

Halcyon said...

Love the "portrait" of the bull. He seems to be posing for you! Happy weekend. :)

Ramona said...

He's a mighty fine boy. Great photos there :-)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oucheee! That must have hurt! Great photos! Thanks for the party my friend! hugs, Diane

Jeevan said...

Beautiful photos on the bull family! The scar really sad me

BumbleVee said...

Can we use older photos for the Fences? ... I've taken lots over the years.....

Rita said...

Didn't look like a normal branding--not that I've seen any but on Tv and movies--LOL! He is a powerful looking fellow. Nice family. :)

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

I am not sure if I will get any fences in while I am on the road, but I will when i get home! I have taken some fence pictures, and hope to take many more!

Small City Scenes said...

Nice fence and nice Beefers. MB

Laura. M said...

Great animall!!!!

Terry and Linda said...

Those cattle are really nice looking. Here the beef on hoof prices are $2.80 a pound. We have never in our lives seen beef prices this high.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife@wordpress.com

Beth Niquette said...

What an interesting heart! I've never seen a brand like that one before. Totally Cool! Happy Guest Heart Thursday!

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Whoa, I that was a Santa Gertrudis at first, and I immediately jumped back from the monitor. For many a Santa Gertrudis found it quite entertaining to chase me around the pasture back in the day. Thankfully, I was really fleet of foot for a white boy.

Marie said...

I like the lighting in these photos very much. They are pretty cows, but OUCH on that heart brand!

Beate said...

Such a sweet family :) I hope Mr. Bull didn't have to suffer for that heart!

Kathy said...

That bull could go through that fence if he wanted to!

Betty Manousos said...

so sad...oh, poor bull!

xo

pattisjarrett said...

I don't know much about branding, but I didn't think it was ever done in that area.

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