One of our Saler cross cows, who I call One Ear, as she has a floppy ear, is a bit unpredictable and when she is in calf or has just had a calf, no one can go anywhere near her. This year she was due to calve late so we put her out in the back field with the weaned calves. She calved out in the back field with no problems, however because we are unable to go near the cow and calf because of the cows unpredictable behaviour, the calf is not used to human contact.
Yesterday we decided to bring the cattle in from the back field so we could check and tag the calf. The calf did not respond well as he is not used to humans and it took the farmers quite a while to tag the calf.
My husband wants to fatten the cow and then sell her for meat and doesn’t want to breed from her anymore as she is bad to deal with. My father-in-law doesn’t want to sell the cow. I believe that if the cow is aggressive then it is not fair to keep the cow and breed from her as the offspring may also have this aggressive trait. I don’t have to deal with the cows so I will let them argue this predicament out amongst themselves.