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post #1 of 98 Old 02-14-2017, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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overreaction to a video of cows in snow?

I realize I may be asking for controversy here. That isn't my intention, but this has been bothering me all day.

We got about 30 inches of snow yesterday. It's not like this is new to us - it's winter in this part of the world.

Someone in a Facebook group posted a video of some cows (a bull and steer?) standing in a snowy field and now everyone is loosing their minds over it. They want to rescue the cows. I suggested maybe people shouldn't judge the situation from a 5 second video since we don't know whether the cows have shelter. They do have hay and are eating from it in the video (some were horrified that the cows had to eat "frozen hay"! LOL!). They appear healthy, are bright-eyed and interested in the driver taking the video. They have a very full winter coat. I went as far as to suggest that perhaps cows should be living outside and got attacked by several people over it.

One person went as far as to say that the cows were sadder than homeless people because homeless people choose to be homeless but the cows don't have a choice. What the? Is it me or has everyone lost their minds? Since when do we, as a society, think that livestock needs to live inside? I'd rather see cows outdoors than cooped up in stalls. I do think they should have access to shelter, but if they do (it's impossible to tell from this video), then I don't see any reason to call the authorities on this farmer.

Thoughts? I can't share the video, but I took a screenshot. Oh, and it wasn't cold yesterday. Just very snowy, but it was fluffy snow. My horses had a blast playing in it!
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post #2 of 98 Old 02-14-2017, 09:56 PM
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From what I understand, Alaska has a very healthy beef industry. I'll bet most of those cattle live outdoors year-round.

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"Those people" need to go spend a winter in a cabin in Montana, with their horse, while the cattle are in the field. Then get up in the morning, saddle the horse that's in the csbin with them, and go move those cattle to wherever it is they need to be for that day.

Oh no, it wasn't me, lollol. It was an old cowboy who ended up being my neighbor when I lived in Southern California. He still had the horse he slept with in that cabin. An old King-bred sweetie face.

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Social media is full of tree hugging idiots that don't know anything and just post knee jerk reactions. That is about as much depth of conversation as you can have or expect.

If you posted a video of cattle standing up to their necks in a stock pond in 108 degree, 95% humidity with a dew point of 100 degrees in South Texas in August, it would get a bunch of likes as "Cute cows LULZ". Never mind that everyone wants to hide in the stock pond or the nearest pool and stand under an air conditioner until November.

Fact of modern life, most people know absolutely jack about animals but that won't stop them from commenting and reacting to a video. You can't sum up life in an emoticon.
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"...homeless people choose to be homeless. .." Don't get out much do they?
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post #6 of 98 Old 02-14-2017, 10:27 PM
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As a follow-up. I guess it is a good thing I haven't posted a branding day video lol.

You can't understand how fast and freakishly strong a 5 month old 400 lb calf is until you're the one that has to rope them as they dive into the herd, or hold their hind legs kicking in your face, or strain to hold down their head for the 30 seconds it takes to get everything done. Let me tell you that, is a job for fit, strong and limber people lol.

Believe it or not, one of the main functions of the Texas Rangers is still tracking down stolen livestock and prosecuting rustlers. It happens somewhat often in Texas. When someone asks if branding is inhumane, they clearly don't stand to lose $10-50k in cattle from a lease pasture an hour from home.

Facebook and that is acclimated to videos of cats playing in laundry baskets. That is what people want to see if it involves animals. Anything else gets a frowny face.
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I'm sorry but that made me laugh so hard....is making me. I can see why you're upset about it but without being involved myself it's more funny than aggravating (well trying not to think too much of the aggravating).

I'll send them some pics of the icicles on my horses. Or the Icelandic with a stall standing outside in the blizzard because she's bada-- :)

And don't people know that 99% of cows do NOT live in stalls? At least many horses do have stalls, cows aren't ever kept like that! I can't say I've ever seen a single cow that's kept in a stall...

I wonder if the people complaining eat beef?
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You know what happens here in N. Central Texas when the weather turns 'Green'? The cows start bawling and they group up and go hide in the best spot they can find. The horses do the same.

If there is shelter from what they want to get out of, they will go to it when they need it. Withering heat? They'll find a cool spot in the trees. Hail? They'll find a spot that blocks it.

I'm certainly not negligent when it comes to severe weather or advocating just letting them do their thing and letting it work out. Most of the time though, they are pretty smart with their fix to what is bothering them.

We get some Western springs where I live. You can trust the animals to tell you when it is time to take it serious. Every N. Texan knows this. They have a sense for weather that we don't share, it is actually pretty cool to watch and learn from.
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Ridiculous, those cows are fine, cows would rather be outside in the snow than inside. City slickers know nothing about livestock, and they really should not comment on such.

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