When you live in Northern Michigan, everyone from rancher to bull suffers a bit of cabin fever come January. We all start looking for things to do that are compatible with snow to entertain ourselves, get some exercise and have a few laughs. Our herd sire, Time Bandit seems to have decided to take up bobsledding for his winter activity. He says he is thinking of trying out for the Olympics if he can get enough of the other cows interested.
Last week I was cleaning the manure and dirty straw out of the herd's shed and getting ready to place fresh bedding straw down. I put some hay out for the herd to lure them out of the shed so I could get at it with the pitchfork. I heard a noise and looked up to see Time Bandit running towards the mouth of the shed. My skid that we use to haul straw and hay was sitting right in the entry way where I'd parked it after emptying it. I realized I was not going to be able to get out of the shed before he arrived at the entrance so I plastered myself up against the side of the shack and prepared for impact.
Bandit made the entrance at a full charge. He jumped into the air, landed with all four feet in the skid and sat down with his legs stretched out infront of him. He karoomed through the shed in the skid, whizzing past me and hit the far end of the structure, flew out, landed on all four feet, then stood there looking mighty proud of his grand entrance. He had the biggest smile on his face. He thought it was a heck of a good time. And the sight of this 1200 pound animal cutting up pretty much made my day too.