“Love what you do, and it won’t be a job
I noticed mom cow had placenta and two hooves comin out her business end this evening as I got back from the ranch I was working, to the one I stay on. I let her be, did some chores, then few hours later headed to dinner as the sun went down. I saw mom in the same position. I was likely dealing with a stillborn calf, threatening the well being of mom cow.
Living by myself on a big piece of land, presents unknown challenges that are often very daunting when you realize you’ll be tackling them alone. A while back I did a podcast with some fellers from @deadreckoningco they asked me what I took from the military and used in ranching, it dawned on me more this evening than I had previously realized.
For the next few hours into the night, the distraught mom had to get wrangled close to a mile to the working pen from open pasture land, corralled and worked into the squeeze shoot. Following a phone a friend with @don_colbert and a crash course refresher in bovine anatomy, I was able to get inside mom and find a mispositioned calf head, for the next 30 minutes I pulled as she pushed and the calf dropped, as suspected, not breathing. The unqualified vet doctor in me said, hit the chest a few times. I did, the calf let out a massive gasp. Under moonlight, mom got worked into a pen, broke thru a gate, then back out to pasture. She’s the only thing gonna save the calf, so I sprinted out to pasture falling all over myself and somehow managed to get her pinned. Scooped the calf and ran it into the pen with mom, then realized..I have to go eat dinner, the rest of this has to be decided by Mother Nature and forces larger than myself. But first I took a shower.
All the bureaucracy and frustration I have with the military aside,those years as a Ranger taught me to shut it off and react, in the most stressful situations, at the most inconvenient times. I knew mom needed saving. I was functioning under the assumption that the calf was likely dead. I don’t know why i hit its chest. Probably out of frustration and strange instinct but it gave a calf an opportunity it didn’t have, regardless of what Mother Nature decides.”-Padre Paul