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Not My Everyday Bobcat Job

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by YellowDogSVC, Jun 6, 2009.

  1. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Posts: 3,757

    This certainly won't make "WorkSaver" but it was an interesting morning to say the least. About 4 and half days ago, 7 young heifers were killed by lightning after seeking shelter under a tall cedar elm tree. The tree was struck by lighting and the electricity traveled down to the ground. A couple of the cows had their hooves blown off. Never seen that before. The temps have been in the mid 90's since they were killed. Not a pleasant job site to say the least. Thank God for enclosed cabs but I still won't be eating beef for a while. I don't think I could have imagined the number of flies, maggots, and the amount of stench coming from this pile of cows. I had to move them about a mile so they could be burned. Yep, I loaded them on my equipment trailer...it still stinks after 10 minutes at the car wash and a hundred gallons of water sprayed on it at the ranch. It's hard to tell but the second to the last picture is where they laid down for the storm and never got up.. I will have more pictures next week after we download the other camera.

    Poor cows. A few more days and they were mooving..

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  2. Duramax8832

    Duramax8832 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 147

    Careful, don't squeeze the grapple too hard.
  3. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,101

    It's when they pop open and you can see the unborn baby heifers inside that will make you cringe.
    I buried 14 dead heifers many years ago that were involved in a massive barn/bunker fire, and they popped open even before we grabbed them.
    If your machine and trailers still stink, use lots of tomato juice mixed and slightly diluted in a large garden sprayer, if it can take away skunk piss, it will take away rotting odours.
  4. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Posts: 1,891

    Wow. Hopefully they died peacefully.

    Was the job itself to move the cows? Or was it part of something else? And do you have something welded to the loader arms (around the front of the "bend" of the arms, more or less parallel to the cab door)?
  5. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,101

    That's a metal sheild for the hydraulic couplers on the loader, good idea.
  6. coopers

    coopers LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,224

    Oh they died quickly and without pain. The power of electricity is absolutely amazing!
  7. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Posts: 3,757

    You can see the kind of brush we work in. Bobcat of San Antonio call it the "tree shear package". I think they invented it because it has changed over the years. It also consists of a heavy duty muffler guard and light guards.
  8. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Posts: 3,757

    I was helping a friend. The poor guy found out while he was traveling. I wanted to help. We initially were just using the bobcat to get them out of the woods vs trying to hand load them into his tractor. It was my bright idea to save about 4 hours of hauling to load them onto my trailer. It still smells bad but I'm glad we got done before noon..it was getting bad. I was as gentle as possible on the carcasses but the heat, bloating, and gasses had done a number on the them. The fluids made the ground slick.
    I apologize for not putting a warning label on the thread for any sensitive individuals. I was numb when I posted! My sense of smell has just returned..
  9. dozerman21

    dozerman21 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,170

    I caught that... if it was on purpose.:usflag:

    That's too bad though. I couldn't imagine having to do that if you had open rops...:dizzy:
  10. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,510

    And to think I was going to have a burger tonight...

    Nice pics Yellow! I really like that coupler guarding there. Would you mind taking some more pics of it when you get a chance?

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