Mr. Belvedere and Co.

September 01, 2013  •  4 Comments

On my drive to Boulder's photo shoot last weekend, I made a few stops and snapped a handful of morning cow photos.

 

Some of birds....

 

Sitting on a fenceline...

 

Getting startled...

 

Flying in a circle...

 

And landing back on their fence.

 

Some of the classic 'cow in a foggy pasture'...

 

Nestled in the Ozark hills...

 

Behind drippy, dew covered fencelines.

 

And some...of Mr. Belvedere...

 

The holstein cow that lives on a meat cattle ranch...

 

Who is physically altered/re-routed (evidence in this photo....)

 

...and this one....

 

To be of use on a meat cattle ranch.

 

He's a gomer bull.  Which means that he is able to let the rancher know when his heifers are in heat without actually doing anything about it himself.  How, you ask?  His manliness has been re-routed...sidewindered...rendering him incapable of the act (see example photos above).  Why, you ask?  Well, many ranchers artificially inseminate (AI) their cows from prime bulls to improve their herd genetics, and this is one method that shows when the females would be ready to receive an AI.  Why, you ask, did you feel the need to tell me this?  In case you are on Jeopardy and the category is 'Ranching'.  Or possibly, something to discuss at the lunch table at work?  In case you need further explanation, check out this article:

http://www.producer.com/2001/11/different-ways-to-make-a-gomer-bull-animal-health/

 

 

Happy Labor Day!

Mooooo.

-Mr. Belvedere and Co.

 

 

Comments

mary(non-registered)
Moses and CoCo are my sheeps Mr Belvedere
Joan(non-registered)
Poor Mr Belvedere, What a job. Tara, you need to come to Mn, your going steer crazy. :)
Robin Ball(non-registered)
Once again, LOVE THE PHOTOS!
Ma and Pa(non-registered)
Knew of the "procedure" but never knew they were called "gomer" bulls
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