Bringing flooded cows home is not easy

Nov. 10, 2006 at 4:46 PM

TILLAMOOK, Ore., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Cows are big business in Oregon's Tillamook County, the state's cheese center but getting the flood-drenched bovines back home is no easy matter.

It took special care to rescue the 200 surviving Jersey and Holstein heifers to say nothing of such helping devices as shovels, prodders, trailers, pleas, such loving terms as "you idiot" and music by the Beatles, the Oregonian said.

Workers had to separate the big cows from little ones, the strong from the lame, one neighbor's from another neighbor's.

Scared cows are uncooperative and they like to move in herds, farmers said, so putting them into smaller groups is tough, though often necessary.

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