Rosie in good hands de­spite owner’s ab­sence

Coun­try Mat­ters colum­nist and Franklin lifestyler Natalie Pit­field ac­knowl­edges that you’re never too old to rely on your mum.

Franklin County News - - COUNTRY MATTERS -

I al­ways joke be­fore I go away that I’ve sent a memo out to all the an­i­mals telling them not to get sick while we’re gone.

We were do­ing a huge trip to Canada and Alaska and would be gone for a month.

The thought of this was a lit­tle daunt­ing, but we had a great sup­port team in place and as al­ways my amaz­ing Mum, Pe­tra, would be look­ing af­ter our stock while we were gone.

Mum is the kind of per­son who is some­what for­mi­da­ble in terms of her strength and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

She re­minds me very much of my Nan, and the ap­ple hasn’t fallen far from the tree.

She may be in her early seven­ties but she still walks her dog and mine down to the bot­tom of our steep prop­erty every sin­gle day and also man­ages our cows.

If I ever grow up I want to be just like her.

One of the cute things Mum does when­ever we’re away is to not let us know about po­ten­tially stress­ful sit­u­a­tions un­til they’ve been re­solved.

While I al­ways feel a lit­tle un­happy about this at the time I know that I’d do the ex­act same thing in her sit­u­a­tion.

No point stress­ing peo­ple who are thou­sands of miles away with no con­trol over what’s hap­pen­ing. I re­spect that. Dur­ing our month away one of our cows started to shed part of her horn.

Mum had named this cow Rosie.

It didn’t look nor­mal and Mum was con­cerned so she got the vet out.

The vet con­firmed that the horn was in­fected and would need to be re­moved.

When we bought our cows as wean­ers it was ob­vi­ous within a short amount of time that who- ever had tried to de-horn them hadn’t done the best job.

Some were fine, but half of them had horns grow­ing out crookedly or de­formed.

My ad­vice al­ways is if you’re not con­fi­dent about do­ing a job your­self get some­one qual­i­fied to do it.

The vet came out and had to se­date Rosie to per­form the op­er­a­tion.

It sounded like it wasn’t the eas­i­est job to get her to co­op­er­ate but Mum was help­ing and our cows adore Mum and will pretty much do any­thing for her.

Once Rosie was se­dated the of­fend­ing horn was re­moved and the vet opted to re­move her other horn as well as a pre­cau­tion.

She told Mum there would be a bit of bleed­ing for a cou­ple of days and to keep an eye on things.

Luck­ily, there was rain not long af­ter the pro­ce­dure so Rosie was washed clean.

She mended well and by the time Mum told me about it all it was pretty much his­tory.

I felt sorry that Mum had been left to cope with such a stress­ful sit­u­a­tion but she han­dled it like a pro.

There’s noth­ing bet­ter than hav­ing peo­ple you can rely on to look af­ter things while you’re away.

And hope­fully next time the an­i­mals read my memo bet­ter.

Rosie re­cov­ers well fol­low­ing her horn re­moval.

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