Taking a Bull to Auction – Bubbles Leaves the Cattle Ranch

Taking a Bull to Auction – Bubbles Leaves the Cattle Ranch

October 10, 2019 100 By Luis Garrison


hi I’m Mike today is bubble the Bulls
last day here on the ranch today you and I are gonna load him up in a trailer
we’re gonna take him to Buffalo Wyoming for his big day the auction which
actually takes place tomorrow we’re gonna find out what his leaving the
ranch means to not only the ranch but to us personally right here on our Wyoming
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the project list we hit it every week on Tuesdays and today is no exception this
board behind us is a list the things that we need to get done around here
it’s constantly growing and shrinking but if you need something to do
head on over here take a look and pick a project today we’re taking our little
lost Bowl bubbles to auction his time on the ranch is over
he’s been here for six years he’s helped create hundreds of calves and he’s kept
the ranch going and for that we thank him and we treat him with respect as bulls get older their effectiveness
as breeding animals fail they become more susceptible to injury and
unfortunately they tend to become more irritable towards other animals and even
sometimes towards us when we receive a new bowl we buy them from breeders in
the area they are registered and tested we know that they’re in good shape and
last year we purchased three new bowls from a neighbor up the road bulls are
almost on a constant rotation but eventually their time here comes to an
end and hopefully they can end it with their heads held high
bubbles will be traveling with us about 80 miles to Buffalo Wyoming where a
sales barn awaits his arrival as part of their auction tomorrow in a bit we’ll
talk about his future but for right now let’s get him loaded up and ready to go
since he’s a single rider today we’re gonna use our small stock trailer to go
better it’s a steel trailer which will hold up better the debt to the damage
that a bull can do but by since he’s by himself I’m not expecting too many
problems from it since we sorted off the Bulls bubbles has been hanging out by
himself waiting for today now he hasn’t been too happy about it being separated
from his friends and herd is hard on him but this morning he seems to be in a
freaking mode so once we have the trailer hooked up and we have inspected
all the lights and brakes to make sure that they work we can back up to the
loading chute word that he will utilize to climb on in bubbles weighs close to
2,000 pounds we will know exactly what he weighs after the auction tomorrow but
even if he’s a little lighter he still weighs a lot more than me and he knows
it working bulls by yourself can be a little bit daunting I always have an
escape plan in mind usually that means sticking close to the fences staying out
of open areas and trying not to get too close to it with a bowl this size if he
doesn’t want to move he’s not going to and although he has been through this
before when we move Bulls from their past year for the winter they ride in a
trailer bubbles has written on more trailers actually than any Bowl on the
ranch and once the gate is open to let him into the loading area he cruises
right in but that might be as far as he’s willing to go he walks around he
inspects his new surroundings and chooses not to go the way that we need
him to go pushing him doesn’t help he’s gonna push right back and he pushes a
whole hell of a lot harder than I can being the only one out here injury to
myself is not an option maybe with two or three guys bubbles
might move onto the trailer on his own but with just me here he’s content just
to heat a bit of the grass that’s growing and ignore me
sounds like kids on their iPad bubbles is however used to moving for the Gator
that’s what I call the big guns when moving the bull we aren’t going to shock
him with a prod or even try to move him with a paddle in order to get him to
move we’re gonna use something he recognized it’s about his same size and
something he doesn’t want to push around another added advantage is that we are a
bit protected allowing us to get closer to him and politely suggest to him that
he needs to move the way we want him to go he’s no dummy he’s going to try to
sneak around but by applying a little bit of pressure from one side he quickly
realizes that the only way for him to go without us bugging him is down the chute
and onto the trailer where we can lock the door behind him it’s not time to go yet though we have a
lot of weight in this trailer and right now he has the entire trailer to wander
around it driving down the road with him and he here moving around can cause the
trailer to sway or even fishtail on the road if he starts throwing his weight
around and with any trailer you want a majority of the weight towards the front
this trailer is divided into two parts and by closing the inner door we can
lock him in the front half where he can do the least amount of damage and now
off we go but not to the sales barn quite yet we need to actually take him
to town any time an animal is taken to the sales barn the state wants proof of
ownership and with a quick stop at our local feed store we can pick up what is
known as a G form the G form is required whenever livestock cross county lines
and after a bit of paperwork we’re now on the road for Buffalo
Buffalo is a town of about 4500 people nestled in the foothills of the Bighorn
Mountains and the location of our closest sales barn it’s also by the way
the home of Longmire days thanks to local Craig Johnson the author whose
books became a big hit with the TV show Longmire Bowls is used
to write in the trailer but this is the longest drive he’s probably ever taken
and he’s getting a little impatient to get there and get out and soon we do
arrive and it’s time to let him out this is where bubbles will be sold to his
next honor what will happen to him we will probably never know he could be
sold to another rancher who would like to get some more breeding time out of
him but more than likely he’ll be sold for slaughter he will only bring between
50 cents to $1 a pound but that’s money that the ranch can use to help carry on bubbles is left behind and we start the
drive home so we’re heading home without bubbles
back there the trailers a lot lighter pulls a little bit better without him
moving around all the time and you know you get to thinking about the time that
he had on the ranch really bubbles was has been on the ranch almost just as
long as I have so there is that question of you know when do you wear out your
usefulness I like to think of it just like everything else obviously it’s all
about the future bubbles worked on the ranch for six
years while he was there he guaranteed the future of the ranch for six whole
years he paved the way for more bulls to come in and continue doing the job that
he did in the same way when my times up on the ranch I hope that I’ve paved the
way for somebody else to come in and do my job hopefully one of the kids but you never
know I think that’s exactly what everybody
wants to leave a legacy that carries on bubbles sure has done that he will hold
a place in our hearts and our minds and just like every animal out here he paves
the way for the future of the ranch I think that’s a pretty noble purpose
thanks for coming along today we have a super busy week ahead of us and we’ll be
back with you on Thursday night for our live stream where we get a chance to sit
down and answer questions in real time from you we can bring you news from the
ranch and share our stories we hope that you’re able to stop by and hang out with
us for just a little bit that’s Thursday at 7 p.m. mountain time
I’ll also be back with you on Sunday as we take a look at what could be argued
as the biggest day on the ranch sale day and you aren’t going to want to miss
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