It simply means that it has slightly more black on its coat than its comrades. ‘The bull, let the bull in’ doesn’t help when you have 3 calves heads coming towards you and you can’t see between their legs.
‘The biggest one’ – You must learn to tell the difference in size between calves, even if one is only an inch or so taller than the other.
Perhaps you should read this list before you do 😉 Apparently in the 1940s and 50s, there were many single farmers in Ireland – partly due to not being able to afford to marry as they looked after aging parents and partly because some women had decided that marrying a farmer would be too much like hard work and wanted to marry those with other professions/jobs.
Admittedly, it can depend on the type of farming and the size of the farm. However, the advice tends to be relatively standard – farmers tend to be similar in many ways!
However, if a wrong one comes towards you (beside another one or even two) you are supposed to intuitively know this and wave your stick to separate them, sending the wrong one back to the batch and the other into the shed.
‘The black one’ – does not mean that the animal is all black.
In fact, your farmer is probably already based somewhere — with long-term plans to stay there. Looking over the ditches to see what crops are going, how they are yielding, at the quality of the grass, if silage has been cut yet, whether the cows look in fine fettle or not – it’s all fascinating to a farmer.Expect your conversation to be interrupted by ‘they have their cows out already’, ‘wouldn’t it be lovely to have a dry farm in Cork’, ‘those cattle could do with feeding up’, ‘that silage is light/heavy’ etc 🙂 Being telepathic is handy.We were just saying today that when we retire, he can claim the kitchen back again and I’ll gladly pass it over to him. When sorting cattle, bear the following in mind: (sorting means dividing a batch of calves or cattle into 2 groups, perhaps separating male from female calves or dividing them according to size/thrive).You will probably be standing by a gate as your loved one sends the relevant calves or cattle in your direction so you can let them past the gate into the shed.