Saturday, June 1, 2013

Chapter103 Spooky Little Cow

I had been buying Charolais off and on whenever I found some good cattle at a fair price. A man had a small herd of about 25 Charolais for sale in Princeton and I went over to take a look at them. The owner was sick and told me to go on down into the pasture to look them over. They looked pretty good, except for one “high-headed” cow that was spooky with a wild look in her eye. She threw her head up and trotted off into the woods when I approached the herd. The rest of the cattle soon followed her.  I went back up to the house and told the man I would buy his herd but I did not want that “high-headed” cow. He said that he would not sell unless I took them all. I said, “Sorry, no deal. If you change your mind here is my card.”
I was at my friend Bill Sportsman’s office about two weeks later. He told me that he had a lease on a place on Sister Grove Creek northwest of Blue Ridge. He said he needed to get “shed” of it and he wanted to do a “walk out” deal. In a “walk out” deal you sold everything on your place and just walked out and left everything in place, taking nothing with you. I told him I would look at it, which I did a few days later. The place was good and fit my needs. It had a nice little farmhouse for Jessie and his family. There was a tractor, a baler and a hay rake, which I needed, and lots of grass for the cows. His cattle were in good shape-most with calves by their sides.
A few days later I told Bill I was interested in taking his deal and he said, “Oh by the way I added a few cows but they are nice ones, even better than the ones you saw already." We negotiated a deal and shook on it. I moved Jessie and his family right in but it was about two weeks before I took him a check and drove over to look at my new acquisition. I drove in and started down into the pasture where the cattle were quietly grazing. As I approached one cow threw her head up and galloped off towards Sister Grove’s tree covered bottom, taking the rest of the herd with her.  “Where did you come from?” I wondered.  I stopped by Bill’s on the way out and asked him where he got that bunch of new cattle. I was floored when he told me, “There was this guy over at Princeton who was sick and had to get rid of his little herd and I bought them from him.” 

Photo of spooky cow found here.

Photo of Sister Grove Creek found here.

Photo of running Charolais found here.

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