In our field, let's call it Field A, there are thirteen heifers, destined to go to the Christmas market for beef. They are young and are fattening nicely and it is not intended for them to get in calf, hence their being housed in our fields, well away from the bull on their farm (the farm opposite ours belonging to a friend, who rents some of our fields for just this purpose.)
The day before yesterday their owner went into the field to feed them their cattle nuts, as he does every morning, and he noticed a lurking presence in the corner of the field. Yes, you have guessed it. In the next door farmer's field was a young, agile Aberdeen Angus bull with his entourage of heifers. Presumably all of them have been 'bulled' and are in the early stages of being in calf.
The said bull was 'leaning heavily' against what looked rather like a flimsy piece of fencing and he was eyeing one particular lady heifer with a roving eye. Taking no chances the farmer filled one of the feed basins with feed, shook it to attract their attention and walked off across the field towards the gate into the next field. They followed eagerly. He led them through that gate, across another field and into our paddock - i.e. two fields between them and the bull. So they are now in Field C.
Yesterday morning he noticed that one of these heifers had indeed come into season. Any longer and Mr Bull would have undoubtedly pushed down the fence and made his amorous advances. All goes to show that farmers need to keep a sharp eye on things all the time.