Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Truckin'


Years ago we lost a good deal of money at the hands of an unscrupulous cattle trucker who switched our cows with his own and sold our heavier, larger animals as his. We got the smaller check. As cows aren't weighed at the farm and he wouldn't tag them we had no way to prove this. However eventually he switched a huge 1400-lb cow for an 800-lb one and we fired him and bought a trailer.

We hauled our own ever since. However, we loaned our trailer to a neighbor, his barn burned, and the trailer was damaged in the fire. Recently the metal began breaking down very rapidly...so we decided that it was not safe to use and hired a different trucker to haul a cow to the sale yesterday.

She was a big one, one of mine naturally, my Encore cow out of the Trixy family. I really, really hated to sell her in the first place. We just couldn't get her pregnant and she was mean as a snake....bills to pay so she had to go.

First the trucker couldn't get backed up to the door of the barn. Mind you, Alan, at twenty, can back a bumper pull stock trailer in, one try, on ice, snow, you name it. ...I think he could prolly do it blind folded. The ground was clear, the barnyard all scraped and nice .....This guy had a goose neck and couldn't get it anywhere near right.

He finally set up with his open door out into the barn aisle so the cow had to turn and go around it and squeeze through a little bitty gap to clamber into his filthy, stinking, wet, slippery mess of a trailer. I got the boss to make him pull out a little because I knew she wouldn't do it. It would have been hard to load a show cow that way, let alone a gigantic loony-tune like Encore (she ended up weighing a few pounds under 1500.)

Then I asked him to let me throw some sand on the trailer...he had mats and it was just a morass, wet, obviously slippery. I hate to make a cow ride thirty miles sliding around like they were on a skating rink.

He flat out refused! I mean the sand was right there. The shovel was right there. I would have done the work so he didn't have to!

He said, "Oh, I had a cow go down there this morning...she got right up...." Patronizing as heck. What would a woman know about loading cows anyhow?

I was so mad I could have spit. Of course when we brought her down the aisle, the damnfoolidiot trucker got right out in front of her waving his cane. So....she wouldn't go around the door and jumped up in the stall with my beautiful Broadway, my very favorite cow in the world, just diagnosed pregnant and doing no harm. And proceeded to bang the heck out of her.

Getting Encore out and on that truck wasn't pretty. She didn't want to go, she was a lot bigger than we are and the trucker got her all stirred up and mad.... I didn't blame her a bit.

And then he wouldn't tag her. So there we were...once again trusting that we would get paid for our big cow and not somebody else's little one.

As soon as that trailer door swung shut, I just stomped off to the house fuming. Man was I mad. The boss hurried through his work and went right on over to the sale barn and stayed and watched her sell so we were sure to get the right one. Kids and I did the night chores without him...which isn't really all that big a deal. She did sell right and we got our own check and not somebody else's...only brought 44 cents a pound, which was a good bit less than I was hoping for, but that's an auction for you.

I 'll tell you what though..... We are either patching up that old Corn Pro or we are finding a used stock trailer. When the boss and I load cows, we set up gates, we put sand in the trailer (which is backed up right square to the door) and on the barn floor and we are quiet, and quick and in the right place at the right time. It has been years since we had any rodeos loading. The cows go down to the door and jump in and we close the door...nuff said.....We even got the big, horned, beef steer on the trailer last week without any fanfare, although I admit we were worried about him. There is no reason to do it any other way, except laziness or sheer, screaming, incompetence. I will not go through that again....ever.....

So if you hear of a used trailer for a reasonable price...stock style, give me a shout. I had all I wanted of truckers yesterday.


14 comments:

~ Sara ~ said...

Totally understand! Thankfully the haulers are great here, it's the sale barn you have to watch. GRRRR

Why is it some men just become total idiots when there is a woman with a brain who knows how to use it around? I would LOVE an answer. :)

And you should ask Shawn or I will about a trailer, he's out and I'm sure could find you guys a trailer.

dennisranch said...

Idiots should be shot! Well, at least beaten with a stick or the Hotshot they all like to use! Wish we lived closer, I'd just borrow my trailer to you.

lisa said...

You know if you want to use ours you are always welcome too!

Sandcastle Momma said...

Too bad Encore didn't give him a good swift kick or two.
Patronizing men are the worst kind of idiots.
Hope y'all get a trailer soon!

DayPhoto said...

We load like you...just Terry and I, we put up gates and in they go, no one the wiser. Nor hurt or mad.

I hope you get a trailer soon, you deserve one and so do your animals! That will show those ugly haulers.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Linda said...

I'm like JB, if you lived closer we'd borrow you a trailer.

Alan said...

i think my truck driving on the way to the auction is better too. i've never had one go down yet

threecollie said...

Sara, I was so mad. We may not be the greatest, but we don't do things that way. And thanks

JB, I agree! And that is so kind of you!

Lisa, thanks, you guys are so good to us. Take care

SCMomma, that would have been very fitting...and she certainly managed to kick all of us enough times. Thanks!

Linda, thanks...there is just no need to have a rodeo is there? Especially not loading calm dairy stock that are handled every day. Ours usually just hop right onto the trailer without any fan fare. In fact we can't park it in the barnyard with the door open or the show cows will load themselves.

Linda, thank you....you folks are the best!

Alan, there is no question in my mind that that is true. Wish I hadn't had to sell that darned cow.

Dani said...

Gah! Some people....

I'll stop there since this is a pg blog. :)

Anonymous said...

I don't have much experience with loading cattle but I sure do with hogs. Does any man want to listen to a woman who knows what she is doing? Not many.Sure hope you can find a good trailer. Linda

threecollie said...

Dani, it was a lesson relearned for sure!

Linda, that is a real issue around here. Every one of the five of us, three of us wimmens, are involved in making decisions and choosing inputs and such. The boss fired a rep from a bull stud that wouldn't be bothered to do business with me when he wasn't home. It has to be that way, as he is out in the fields a lot. It can be frustrating, but it seems to be changing in the last few years. Most of them work with me or Liz pretty well now.

Teri Conroy said...

You should have spit. Sorry you had to go through that. If I hear of a trailer, I'll let you know.

Cathy said...

This made me so sad for you.

Having to stand by helplessly watching.

What an SOB.

Kegan said...

Hi Fred you are welcome to use ours until you can get one new tires and all!!!!! Just have to put it on the road. let me know.
Love Ya Lots and Lots
Mappy