There is something satisfying in bringing a balky animal to heel
You got that right Howard! Showing her I was the one in charge is what made my day! My butt is dragging from all the work I got done, but it was a good day with a lot accomplished, and again....putting the mean heifer in her place was the most satisfying of all of it! She seemed to calm down as they suckled, so I'm hoping this will cause her "momma instincts" to kick in.
I also have a small bull that has a bad attitude. I found him laid on his side on a hill a month + back, in a position to where he couldn't right himself. He looked near death, but I managed to get him to the barn after I righted him & he rested a while. He's put on a lot of weight after feeding him very well out of the weather, so he's back outside with a grain feeder. Now he's bellowing like he's gonna get me, so tonight after milking I took some fist size rocks out in the field & busted him good. Man did he get pissed off! But he knew I was in charge & left through the gate to the larger field. He's gonna soon get his chain put back on his nose ring & returned to the breeding age heifer field. He will NEVER be a milking herd bull though, as this one will likely be very dangerous when he gets bigger. He's from a good bloodline though, so I'll keep him as long as I can with the heifers, but his time will be limited here.
Tomorrow I MUST get some temporary braces in the milking parlor head rails. I was intending to do that today, but had too much other to do before rain gets here again, so tomorrow it gets done. Then I can relax & build new rail components as time allows.