Viking, Minnesota

Rural Reflections Radio

I can tell when something is amiss on my little farm even when I’m not there. This might sound a little far-fetched but I don’t think I’m alone. I have even considered that maybe I just worry about my cows constantly and that sometimes things just happen but I do have some anecdotal evidence and a possible theory that explains the phenomena.
Three years ago I was driving home and I felt uneasy. I knew something was wrong. About two miles from my home, I found my neighbor’s three horses out running towards a main highway. I was able to get in front of them and, with help from a passerby, put them back in their corral. I thought, “Well, there’s the reason I felt uneasy.” I still felt nervous but dismissed the feeling. When I arrived home I found a heifer was loose and standing in the middle of the yard. I have had many incidents similar to this one. A person I once worked with said that when he was on his father’s farm his dad would always know when the bull was in a particular pasture and whether it was safe or not. I think this “sixth sense” is universal among cattle people and I don’t think it’s so unusual. It might even be perfectly natural. I believe this will strike a cord with people who enjoys horses and other animals too. Anyone who raises cattle finds that they become part of the animal’s world. A cattleman/cattlewoman adapts himself to the rhythm of the livestock-probably without even knowing it. Cattle have been around for thousands of years and the undercurrent of their lives is very strong and steady. When you’re one of the privileged few to be part of this society you easily notice ripples in the regular course of the day, even over long distances. Changes to the everyday cycle stand out and are easily seen or felt.
Whether real or not, I think this explanation seems reasonable. At the very least it’s more reasonable than a tarot card reading at $2.99 a minute