Stupid sheep was warned...
I got a Ram a few weeks ago that was humongous in size...275-300 pounds and he was nasty, and the reason why he was free in cost. Over the last few days he has been getting nastier and nastier, and the entire sheep shed would rattle as he pounded against the wood. Yesterday he breached security by getting through the sheep shed outer boards, but some planking kept him physically in. Today he managed to get past that.
Luckily I was home and had just returned and saw he was not where he was supposed to be. I did have the chute locked so he could only get so far. Anyway there he was in the chute waiting for me. Yeah right, like I was putting him back in the sheep shed. Heck even the USDA Vet that came today had heard about this ram's nasty demeanor and had been warned about him.
Its the one thing I really hate about animal husbandry, but I don't pass off problem livestock. I called last night and the earliest date I could get him to the slaughterhouse was November 9th...5 weeks away. Unfortunately I could not wait that long. Usually one shot does the trick, but I missed the brain on the first shot, but the second shot dropped him. Its too bad to lose so much meat (300 pounds) but he'll be used as coyote bait for the boys who hunt, so at least not all of him is wasted.
Kind of a weird ending to a long farm day!
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"