Thankful Thursday: Friendly Beef

This is my last week working at the research center in Middle Tennessee. Soon I’ll be headed home for Christmas and then Knoxville to begin classes in January. (Still looking for a place to live once I get there, in case ya know someone…) This week I’ve been covering at the bull barn so others can have some time off work before the¬†holidays. Working in the dairy barn was fun, and I definitely left with a greater appreciation for their work to produce milk.

As ¬†I was cleaning water tanks earlier in the week, the bulls would gather around with interest. A few of the more tame bulls would come up and start sniffing and rubbing on the new pen ornament (at least I think that’s how they view it as I’m pretzeled up in the tank box). One bull in particular is like a big pet. As I was cleaning the tank in his pen he proceeded to share the love and take a few layers of skin off my arm. Have you ever been licked by a cow? It’s more rough than sandpaper. Guess he was in need of some salt.

Then there were other bulls who think jeans are fun to take a bite out of and the boots needed cleaning. Can ya feel the love from em?

I’ll give em a good scratch behind that ears and a good rub on the back if they stick that close. It’s good to be working this close with cattle.


  1. Have a safe trip back home to Arkansas. (Don’t tell my Texas friends, but I was actually born in Fayetteville. Dad went to school there. Mom and Dad are from Hamburg.)

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to everyone!

  2. It is interesting how some cattle can be down right friendly. When I was at Leachmans at Billings there was a Gelbvieh bull who would come running across the pen belling his lungs out if you were on foot. When he got within a couple of feet of you he’d stop and stretch he neck out and start licking you. I thought it was kind of cute as he was such a friendly galloot and they wanted their cattle gentle.

    A week before the sale Lee Leachman was taking a buyer through that pen when that bull came running across the pen just a bellering and both of them jumped up on the fence. I was riding the pen next to it and Lee was pretty upset…Until I stepped off my horse and over the fence. Bull comes running and belling up to me then stopped and started licking me as I scratched him behind the ears…Lee decided to put that bull in a small pen by himself so he wouldn’t put anyone else up on the fence!

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