I drove Southern Belle and Quicksilver to the Detroit airport. All parking in the ramp was full and drivers were being diverted to "the green lot" or to drop-off.
Southern Belle opted for drop-off. She was absolutely loaded down with baggage. Obviously, I could not leave the vehicle. She and Quicksilver made it to the gate but I am sure it was a hard slog.
|I have been feeding the steer in the shipping coral. The two pallets really threw him for a loop.
I have been fretting about getting the steer comfortable with the idea of getting up into the trailer.
Cows are not very smart.
Cows are cowards and are easily frightened by new environments.
The fix, I think, is to simulate (from the cow's perspective) what is different about entering the trailer. The steer will be going into the dark, something that they prefer not to do. He will be stepping on a strange surface that will make noise.
I moved the shipping coral to avoid having to drive over a soft-spot in the pasture. I also started simulating the trailer. I added a couple of pallets to mock-up the sides of the trailer. Then I will bend a hoop over the top and add a tarp over the top and in front of the cow. The final step will be to slide an old, steel door so he must stand on it to get to his grain. I have about three weeks to train him to associate "dark", "enclosed" and "strange floor" with food.
I could not hold myself back any longer. Carmello, Estiva, Stupice and Orange Icicle. I will probably plant them in a 4-3-2-1 ratio, respectively.