Cattle · Country life

The cows head back outside…

Today started early, with preparations to move the Highland cattle outside for the summer.

After de-hitching the harrow and attaching the stock trailer to the tractor I had the opportunity to practice my reversing skills (or lack of them) with the trailer attached.

Having done a bit of trailer reversing on Cromer beach (complete with fishing boat) I know the basics but even still, it never seems to work for me – whatever I have on the back of the trailer simply does where I don’t want it to.

Preparing to load the cattle…

However today, without any adjusting, I reversed the stock trailer in one attempt up to the cow shed gates. I knew from that point forward it was going to be a good day!

The loading of the cows took a relatively short time, even though the Highlands are stubborn creatures, and within minutes they were back on grass for the first time since November.

It’s always great to see how much they love being back outside, for weeks they have been mooing whenever the grass has been cut, they knew it was nearly time to head out.

As soon as their hooves hit the grass they were off, trotting around like show ponies.

Out on the green grass…

They spent the next hour doing just the same and are now happily munching away at the grass in their new home…

In a week or so the Herefords will make the same journey, hopefully that will go just as smoothly…

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