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.
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.