Potential New Career No. 1 – Cattle Herding

Due to the incessantly inclement weather, that has scuppered my ability to work on an irritatingly regular and bank account depleting basis, I am considering a career change.  Can I run a few ideas past you?  Here is my first suggestion.

I have often doubted the usefulness of my Cattle Herding brownie badge.  After all these years, yesterday it came in very useful, albeit using my car to complete my task rather than a long stick and a “whoa!”.  Of course I didn’t drive when I was a brownie, a scooter would have been the best I could have managed, but I’m sure if a Ford Focus had been available I would have taken full advantage.  The heifers (possibly) were rather pretty beasts, one black and one golden, and they had set on a direct route to the main road.  This is probably not the best place for snacking when you haven’t studied the highway code.  Even then it is a questionable practice.  Nonchalantly, they turned around and I pootled behind them in first gear as they slowly wandered away from the nasty fast cars.  Suddenly they veered across the lane and delicately tiptoed over a low, perhaps broken fence, back to where I imagine they had come from.  Either that or they would soon be making some new friends, I spotted several sheep and some highland cattle already in residence. They looked the sociable kind; I am sure they were fine.

On the way home I was especially vigilant, but there was no repeat performance.  Hopefully their wanderlust was satiated.  As for me, I think I was a natural at the herding game.  Although I must specify no more than two cows at any one time and I won’t like getting out of my car.  A gap in the market, perhaps?

14 thoughts on “Potential New Career No. 1 – Cattle Herding

  1. what?! Once again, I know better than to be surprised. I would say that is silly, but I had actually driven cattle with a car when I was in school. It was on a short section of steep canyon road where the cattle could not stray up or down the steep canyon. They got put out of the gate, and started down the road. I just got behind them in the old convertible 1976 El Dorado, and followed them for a short distance until they got to where their trailer was. The trailer could not be backed up the road. It saved a short trip for those who drove the cattle out the gate.


  2. Around here (New Forest) we learn to drive carefully as the roads are always full of cattle, ponies, sheep,deer, and often pigs during the Autumn pannage season. There are sadly casualties every year. Maybe we could benefit from your cattle herding expertise?


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