So, in the interest of becoming more farmer-ish, I was looking for a mini cow (to eventually slaughter). THe idea was that I would raise it on our pastures until it was time and then figure out what to do with it (we have purchased beef locally, but never "alive" before). Anyway, found someone locally who has mini angus crosses and agreed to buy one. The bull (now steer) is approx 15-18mos (last spring baby) and probably 4-500lbs? Should be a good 800lbs by slaughter time next fall. WEnt to pick it up and it broke through the holding corral. So, needless to say, didn't get it that day. Now, it was the day that he was *fixed*, so I'm sure he was extra-testy. But, we put the transfer on hold until he could be wrangled again (he's not used to handling). However, the whole breakout thing has me nervous. I have a 1400lb horse...but she doesn't make me half as nervous as a steer less than 1/3 her size (with horns). He never ATTACKed, but I'm still feeling a bit...uneasy. I'm supposed to go get him tomorrow, and I'm terrified that he will go through our electric fencing - even though he is used to it - in his terror at being in a new place - and I won't know how to catch him. I'm sure he feels my unease as well. I kinda joked with the owner that I'd buy him and pay a board fee until he could be slaughtered...and wish he had seemed more interested. But, as it is...I just don't know. I thought ... well, I don't know what I thought, or what to do. I don't want to jump into this any more blindly than I already have and have someone get hurt. Please don't blast me for being stupid - my forte is horses Am I in over my head???