To Market, To Market

Yesterday morning started off with directing fourteen heifers into a cattle trailer.  My husband was the director, the son a helper, and me....sort of a helper, with a rake in my hand.  The rake was for directional purposes only and my son used a canoe paddle. 

We are professional like that.  

The girl of the house was exempt.  She had all of her wisdom teeth removed on Thursday.  She wasn't up for any of this nonsense.  




We headed out to the stockyards to sell the girls, whom I will miss, I don't mind to say.  



The line was long when we arrived and grew even longer throughout the day.  


Many a fine specimen was located and admired.  



Now, I should report that this is a farm function that I had not attended, until that day.  Secret Agent Farmer Man neglected to inform me that a big breakfast was there for the taking.  I will return in the future and partake of the ham, eggs, bacon, home fries, etc.....

This was quite the social occasion, which I had not anticipated.  Lots of talk, dogs, kids, and people coming and going.  One man there was working a computer, smoking a cigarette, eating a sausage biscuit, and on his cell phone...all at the same time.  Quite a feat, I think.  



I met Bentley, the ten month old Basset Hound.  He was dressed for the occasion.  When he got tired, his owner popped out his bed and covered his eyes with a blanket.  He has the life.  



The older man in the blue shirt, while dodging cows and manure, also owns the establishment.  If you are a child, he gifts you with a dollar.  Needless to say, the kids love it.  



By lunchtime, our ladies had sold and we were off.  Tacos were the order for lunch.  With a new experience under my belt, it was a great day.  

Linking up with The Barn Collective today.  



Comments

  1. You have such an interesting life, Michelle, very different from my own. I would love to spend two weeks in a place like yours, savoring this kind of experience. Then I would want to go back to my own soft life.

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  2. Very eventful day and enjoyable too. Flad you sold the ladies ok. Bet I wpuld have loved the food . . . lol
    Hope girl of the house feels more comfortable with the removal of all the wisdom teeth. Hope she is still wise . . . :)

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  3. Sounds like a great day! I experienced a stock sale for the first time last year. ;-)

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  4. ...having grown up a city boy, livestock auctions are not in my DNA, but I've been to a few in the last few years. Auctions seem to be often a social gathering. As in farming in general, everything you buy is at retail and you sell at wholesale, doesn't sound right to me. The tacos sound good right about now! Thanks for your 'day in the life.' Oh, by the way thanks for the barn! Happy Thanksgiving.

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  5. Sounds like a great day out .
    Merle............

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  6. Enjoyed reading the story.. I love to read the small town life story..

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  7. Fun article. I have never been around this kind of event but looks like you found a way to stay entertained..Ha.

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  8. This looks like a FUN filled day.....nothing like enjoying a cattle sell at the sell barn.

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  9. How neat to be a part of that auction! Bravo to the good sale. The last time I was in such a place is in Amish country, northeast Ohio.. we stopped at a barn that had a sale set up in the main part and I went in another door and found myself in the middle of a farm animal auction like yours.. you would not believe how all eyes landed on me.. I was the only woman in the room. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  10. I always hated to see any of ours leave the farm...that is a nice barn, BTW.

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  11. When I was ten or so I went to a cattle auction with my Grandpa who raised cattle and it was much as you've discribed. Different characters obviously but simillar setting and ambiance. Fun memories!

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  12. Hope you got a good price for all your work. Some farmers I know would be admiring that nice indoor venue. To say nothing of the free breakfast!

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  13. Sounds and looks like a GRAND day . . .
    “Firsts” seem to hold that aura . . .
    Happy Thanksgiving week Michelle . . .

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  14. Hello, sounds like an interesting day taking the cows to market. I see a cattle auction not far from me, I wonder if it is similar. Tacos sounds yummy. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!

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  15. Sounds like hubby was holding out on you about that good sounding breakfast!
    Have a great day!
    hughugs

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  16. I would echo the comments above. You have put together all the elements of this experience to make it a fun story in which we all can share and enjoy. I'd go just for the breakfast! I must add that your photos are excellent and make the story come alive in my imagination.

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  17. that sale barn becomes a club. Sorry you missed the breakfast, it always sounds good.

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  18. Glad you enjoyed the new experience, Michelle!

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  19. Sounds like a good day. Hope your daughter is feeling better and that you guys have a great Thanksgiving week.

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  20. Looks like a great time! Hope the girls went to good homes. That basset hound is just too cute!

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  21. I can see how you might get attached to your 'girls' Michelle, all part of farm life I guess. Sounds like you enjoyed the morning very much and I'm betting you will be there next time too 😊

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