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Reply to "O gauge, open top cattle cars?"

Lots of great and witty replies here.  I love them.

Art, yes there was a smell.  The smell of Chinese plastic wheels, trucks, axles, frame and body!

Just for fun, I'll probably buy that car the next time I go to the shop, for about 50 cents.

Then I'll post a picture of it, and that will be absolute, 1000% positive proof that open top cattle cars were used in the Old West, certified by the Chinese Communist Government!

As for longhorns, no it would have been impossible to dehorn  an entire herd of adult longhorn cattle rounded up in the wild.  Try to imagine the extreme danger, time, trouble and expense of doing this to hundreds of 1,000 pound wild bulls and adult cows  (yes, they had horns too).  The profit margin on each head of cattle was pretty slim, and so aside from the danger and time, the extra expense would have destroyed large portions of the profits.

Aside from tractor injuries, modern domesticated bulls are still the number 1 cause of death and injury to farmers today, and they definitely do not need a set of horns to kill you.  (Excluding of course deaths caused by long term exposure to herbicides, and falls.)   I remember about 30 years ago, my younger brother and I were dove hunting on a farm, and he shot a dove which fell into a nearby pasture full of angus cows.  He climbed over the barbed wire fence, walked about 40 yards into the field, and began walking back.  Out of the blue, and enormous black angus bull came barreling down the hill, straight for him, with intent to kill.   (Oops, they weren't all cows.)  He ran like heck, and just barely made it back to the fence and over the top, with about 20 feet to spare.  That was one mad bull!  (And one dumb brother.)

 

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