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Jake the Bull !! Sporting his New Nose Ring!
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Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-05-2002 at 14:52:55       [Reply]  [No Email]

This is Jake, Shelbys Scottish Highland Bull she got. Real handsome with his new Nose Ring!! He is 8 months old now. Mark H.

GusandEdie    Posted 05-07-2002 at 06:16:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Look at the mug on that critter, wheeeeew! He reminds me of the dog that was always beating up on Wylie Coyote in the cartoons. :)

Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-07-2002 at 19:03:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maybe they would be good to sell as pets instead of meat?? Mark H.

Hal/WA    Posted 05-06-2002 at 21:06:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mark, I don't know how much experience you have with bulls, so I'm not sure if I should point this out or not. You have to treat a bull, any adult bull as a possibly dangerous animal that may behave unpredictibly. Some breeds are much worse than others this way, with some of the dairy types being the worst. When I was growing up, we had Herfords and the herford bulls are supposed to be about the mildest. I learned real quick that you never approached a bull from the front as they think this is a challenge and never surprise them as they might whirl around or kick at you. I raised some of them from baby calves using a nipple pail. Those guys were the worst, because they knew me and expected to be scratched and would follow me around in the pasture. It only takes getting knocked down once...

We never put a ring in a bull's nose. But there was an old tool on our farm that my Dad said was for handling a bull with a ring. It was a metal tube about 6 feet long with a D-handle like a potato fork on one end and a stout hook with a latch on the other. There was a little handle inside the big handle that operated the latch. I bet it hurts the animals when that ring is pulled on. But I still would not want to try to control an angry, full grown bull I had hooked by the nose.

I suggest being darn careful around the bull. I also suggest having a very strong pen where you can contain him and keep him away from the heifers until you want to breed them. Otherwise the small bull will breed them the first time they come into heat and the heifers will give birth before they are really large enough. The bull pen will also keep him from visiting your neighbors every time a cow comes in season.

Lots of farmers and ranchers have been killed by bulls. They demand the unmost of respect and attention ALL THE TIME! Good luck, and keep Shelby safe.

RayP(MI)    Posted 05-06-2002 at 15:25:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Couple were displayed at our county fair last year. Owners practically dragged us into their pens. They're adorable! Good tempered and not agressive. I was raised on a dairy farm with Holsteins, so I'm hardly a novice with cattle. Where's his horns? Fairboard had to make an exception to the no horn rule, to allow them to be shown here. (We're planning to take a llama this year - no horns either!)

Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-06-2002 at 17:53:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
His horns are there he still is a young one. Our fair only lets the bulls have horns on them too. After he grows up some more they will curve around and be longer. Mark H.

Debora    Posted 05-06-2002 at 11:28:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well, That's the most adorable Bull i've ever seen! I don't think we have any of those around these parts, in La. He's real cute! Debora in La.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-06-2002 at 11:51:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
He is a good looking one with all that hair. He has a personality that is nice too. He will be handled alot as he grows up to make him more dosel. Mark H.

DeadCarp - get a handle on him    Posted 05-06-2002 at 07:46:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
You'll need some way to lead that fella around, so while he's pawing holes in the corral & fertilizing everything in sight, keep an eye out at auctions for an old loop-type scoop-shovel handle. The blade don't matter - just bid on the dam thing.

When you get it home, save as much handle as possible. Replace the blade with a good solid spring-loaded snap and run a little release cable up to the handle. Now you have a safe bull-lead.

Then when you want to lead bullyboy somewhere, you can just reach over the fence and latch on his nose-ring with the snap, and when you're leading him around with it, you can face forward cuz any friskiness will be detected before he lowers his head and draws a bead on your back pocket. The handle keeps you in charge. They hardly ever rip out nose-rings.

kraig WY    Posted 05-05-2002 at 18:14:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know they're suppose to be gental and all but I'd hate to come home half lit and find that sucker in my head lights.

Sammie    Posted 05-05-2002 at 16:57:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a friend who raises that kind of cows for show. Really strange cows too and quite funny. they look like a dog my mother used to have. I was rather surprized to see the pic cuz when someone says cows, I still picture the standard brown or brown/white stock meat cow!! Thanks for the pic, Mark. That is one fine looking cow. I'm sure Shelby is very proud.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-05-2002 at 18:24:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Our Bronze Newfoundland realy had a rought time with this one when we brought it home he thought it was a Neuf with all the long hair on it. Mark H.

Sammie    Posted 05-05-2002 at 19:00:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Do you have a pic of your Newfie you can share? I'd love to see him too.

Mark H. and Herc the Newf    Posted 05-05-2002 at 19:10:05       [Reply]  [No Email]

Here is the Big Boy sitting in the house being good waiting for some food or a treat! He is 2 years old and will be full grown by 5 years of age then his chest will spring and he will be even thicker! Mark H.

Sammie    Posted 05-05-2002 at 19:43:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Oh Mark!! And I thought the pic that you posted before was neat but this one really shows him off. What a gorgous dog!! I don't think I would want to be on his bad side though!! lol How much do you figure he will weigh full grown?

as you said before, they aren't for everyone but I'm still thinking about that one too. Job situation will determine alot as far as the horse AND the dog.

Sammie - Oh, BTW    Posted 05-05-2002 at 19:46:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
This is my little buddy of 14 years. She is strange looking but such a sweetheart and she does love me.

Ollie    Posted 05-06-2002 at 16:31:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Rats!!! Everytime I try to pull up your picture, I get an error message and the darn Netscape shuts down. Bummer, I wanted to see her. Will try when I get home and see if it is just the computer here.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-05-2002 at 19:59:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nice dog! They all are nice to us! Herc will probley get up to 170 lbs when he is around 8 when he slows down some. He runs alot and keeps his weight down to around 130 lbs which is 6 more then I am! Kodi is around 150 now. Our heaviest one was 180 and that was Lee he was a great dog too! He is gone now along with a few of his buddys under a big Pine tree in our yard. We are saving for another one to get in a few years from now. Just can't be the same around here with out them! Mark H.

Cowboy Joe    Posted 05-05-2002 at 16:05:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
She looks like a hippy from the 60's. Are you sure that isn't a human posing as a cow? NO BULL.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-05-2002 at 18:22:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dose look like one dosen't it. But this one eats grass instead of smoking it. Mark H.

JohnnyB    Posted 05-05-2002 at 18:55:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Looks like "Cousin It" of the bovine kingdom, never seen a bull like that.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-05-2002 at 19:00:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
This one isn't ugly like the ones that are on our open range that way 2,000 lbs of big ugly Bull! These are allmost like pets. He is real funny to watch following the other cows around eating as they go. She wants to raise them also. Mark H.

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