Local cattle root for Patriots

  • Missy, an 8-year-old Scottish Highland cow, likes to wear Patriots bling. Courtesy of Carole Soule

For the Monitor
Saturday, February 03, 2018

Gameday is here and my livestock are ready, are you?

Our Scottish Highlander cattle like to wear Patriot’s bling while the pigs just like to eat the leftover snacks if there are any.

While traditional football might be a bit rough for cattle, they do like games, especially the running game they play when I forget to close a gate.

It takes seconds for Topper, a black, 1,400-pound Highlander ox, to rush a gate when we deliver his hay. He’ll run through the gate, kicking up his heels as he dashes up the road to the back pasture.

Does he think he’s making a touchdown?

Once the thrill of escape is over, Topper will wander back to his pasture and wait at the gate to be reunited with his pals and the freshly delivered hay.

Pigs like to escape through open gates, which they often open themselves.

Just like cattle, food will lure pigs back into their pens. Capturing pigs is a challenge if they aren’t hungry.

My plan is to train some of my riding cows to be ridden in a formation. Just like the Canadian mounted police perform drills with their horses, I think cattle can do the same.

If we work hard maybe we’ll be ready for the next Patriots Super Bowl? Picture it, four pairs of longhorns with flowing tails performing intricate maneuvers during half-time while the audience cheers.

It would be a moo-ving experience.

Go Pats!

(Carole Soule is co-owner of Miles Smith Farm in Loudon, where she raises and sells beef, pork, lamb, eggs and other local products. She can be reached at cas@milessmithfarm.com.)