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Farming Prince Edward Island style…

November 24, 2011

Yesterday afternoon, it snowed for the first time this winter! We’ve had a great run of wonderful, sunny, warm days so I can’t whine about it!

This morning, we were treated to a great show. I’ll show you what took place.

First, I looked outside as I came down the stairs early this morning and saw a local tractor carrying a round bale of hay and slowly driving backwards down the road in front of our place. He was closely followed by a small herd of cattle. They almost made it to the end of our road before the cattle all turned tail and ran back the way they had just come. The tractor took off after them. There was a second tractor way down the road that managed to head them back this way. As the cows walked along the road in our direction once more, they spotted our neighbour’s driveway and decided to go in that direction.

Here you can see them on their way down the driveway…the tractors watched from the road…

The cows continued on their merry way…

The blue truck is a back-vehicle that was called in to help.

So now the cattle are heading into a field between our farm and the neighbour’s with the truck in hot pursuit. Now another vehicle is called in to help…

Here comes the ‘bait’ tractor…

Between the tractor and the truck, they seem to be getting the cattle to head in the right direction…

Now everyone is in the act. It sort of gives a new meaning to a cattle ‘drive’ !

Well, they are going in the right direction…

Until they see our place!!! Oh, no…

They are spilling into our side yard here! Trev had our truck sitting in the driveway by this time. He saw this and jumped out of the truck to head them off…

His biggest concern at this point was to head them away from our garlic patch!!

He managed to keep them out! Yeah! They were now in the field on the other side of our place…

Now, the bait tractor showed up again…

He drove backwards through the field and onto the road once more…

All done! We didn’t see any cows again so he must have been successful.

Trev was then able to use our neighbour’s (sexy) tractor to blow snow at his place…

Then ours…

A different outfit was also working in the field that the cows had vacated earlier…

Yeah, manure spreading…check out the serious dual rear wheels on these guys!

I always think that some views from our house look like Currier and Ives paintings!

Pretty, eh?

Then the sun peeked out briefly…and caught our barn…

And this was all before lunch today!!!

Wonder what’s next??

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. S. Jones permalink
    November 24, 2011 7:16 pm

    An interesting way to herd cattle! I guess things are done differently in PEI. Glad they didn’t churn up your garlic beds.

  2. Glenda permalink
    November 24, 2011 7:19 pm

    So great to see the pics Carol! So what happened to “cattle cows” and 4 wheelers/snowmobiles for “herding”? šŸ™‚ Love the pic of your barn. I FB a picture today of my early morning walk through the fog. Have a blessed day my friend. Happy US Thanksgiving. We are grateful for your friendship.

  3. November 24, 2011 8:46 pm

    I guess they’re short on cowboys over there. Or maybe the horses around there are all bred for pulling a sulky? šŸ™‚

  4. Lori permalink
    November 28, 2011 3:21 pm

    What a morning! And what perfect weather for Thanksgiving. Here in Colorado it was 65 degrees and we had dinner on the porch! Very unusual. I think I would prefer your weather–minus the cows!

  5. steph swinden permalink
    November 28, 2011 10:47 pm

    haha looks like fun! and i love the picture of your barn!

  6. Joan Massey permalink
    November 29, 2011 3:41 am

    What a great surprise! We have had a few “adventures” out here on the Prairies ourselves… Thanks for sharing the story and pictures with us all.

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