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The Midwest Cattleman · October 21, 2021 · P4

                                         That’s the question.               wind.  Finally, arriving home  down at the corn crib peeking
                                            While down in Arkansas at a     Joe backed up to an old, log corn  through the cracks.  “Hey, now
                                         cattleman’s meeting, I heard a     crib and unloaded his second  that’s a bull!  What do you want
                                         real ‘bull’ story.                 purchase.  This would hold him  for him?    Great!  Will you deliv-
                                            Joe was at a bull auction       until he decided what to do with  er him?  Fantastic.”
                                         and had studied the sale cata-     him.  This was going to be an        A couple of years later, Joe
                                         log carefully.  He picked out his   expensive lesson.  It had been a  ran into his bull customer from
                                         bull out back and when he came     long day – Joe went to bed.       Oklahoma.  “How are you get-
                                         through the ring – Joe made his      Early the next morning, the  ting along with that bull?” He
                                         purchase.  As he sat and visited   phone rang.  It was an old cat- asked.   “Just great,” was the
                                         near the end of the sale, another   tleman from Oklahoma.  “I’ll be  answer.”  “I live in rough coun-
                                         bull came through the ring that    coming by just after nine to look  try.  I like a bull that will breed
         I’ve  known my  friend Karl  really stood out.  He had noticed     at those bulls you have for sale.   a cow at the bottom of the hill
      for years. He’s not one to take  this lot in the catalog but knew     Will that work for you?”   “Sure”,  and then run to the top to breed
      chances.  Last week Karl had  he would just sell way out of           said Joe.   “I’ll just wait to feed,  another.  I really like his calves
      surgery to repair his pelvis.  It  his price range.  When the bull    and we can take a look at them  too.”
      involved some pins, screws and  didn’t take off as expected, Joe      then.”  So, about ten o’clock the    Go figure.
      for the next several months he  couldn’t resist – his hand came       man looking to buy some bulls        My friend Karl is on the
      will be in rehab – also known as  up and with one bid he became       showed up and they went out to  mend.  His bull wasn’t mean at
      ‘pain and suffering’.  Soon he’ll  the bull’s new owner.              Joe’s bull pen.   Joe took some  all.  Karl was carrying a feed
      be back up to speed.   Those of       Joe began to reflect a bit –    feed along and the two men  bucket, the bull wanted to play,
      us who have experienced some  that bull hadn’t been in the ring       walked through a group of bulls  and Karl ended up with an ex-
      of this know that the ‘speed’ is  long.  The gate out had almost      as they ate at a feed bunk.  The  pensive ride in a helicopter and
      never quite the same as before,  been open before the gate in.        old Okie walked around them  several months in rehab.
      and every inch of recovery is  He began to wonder what he             again and came back looking          I  like  my bulls to  stand  off
      hard fought.                       was in for.  The next morning,     disappointed.   “I don’t believe  at a distance just a little and
         The message came to us while  after ‘settling up’, Joe pulled out   you have what I’m looking for,”  I  have  one  unbreakable  rule:
      at church.  “Karl was ‘life flight- back to load his two bulls.  The   he said shaking his head.  “I like  Never turn your back on any
      ed’.  He was hit by a bull.”  There  first was penned right up front,   my bulls to have a little more  bull – never.
      was the usual conversation that  but the second was nowhere to        life… a little more fire.”
      follows.  “Is he all right?”  “Karl  be found.  The cowboy in charge    You’re way ahead of me.  A  KwC
      was ‘life flighted’.  He was hit  looked a little concerned when      few minutes later they were
      by a bull.”   “Was anything bro- he looked at Joe’s paperwork.
      ken?”   “Karl was ‘life flighted’.   “Get everything ready,” he said.
      He was hit by a bull.”   You get  “Stand back and we’ll bring
      the idea.  Details were not avail- your other bull in a minute. We
      able yet, but we all wanted to  have him down in the taller
      know them.  How is Karl?  What  pens.”  After the bull was loaded,
      in the world happened?             Joe called over all the wranglers
         Soon there was more conver- and quizzed them about the bull
      sation.  What about that bull?   they had just loaded.  “Oh, don’t
      Was he mean?  Is he still there?  worry,” said one cowboy,  “You
      Does he need to be removed?   won’t have any trouble finding
      All agreed – that bull must go  that bull – he’ll come looking for           WEE                        COMPRESSION
      to the packing plant, and Karl  you.”
      is in no shape to deal with him –     It was a long trip home.  The              EARLY                     ANALGESIA
      something must be done.            trailer really handled poor-              CASTRATION
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