We were advised yesterday that Tea would be collected this morning - and should be ready to board the truck at 9:00am.
Nick was on night-shift last night. He had not long returned before we departed again (with me driving and Vaughan organised for his usual school drop-off).
The trip is about 45 minutes and we wanted to allow plenty of time to move Tea from her paddock to the small race yard, so arrived a little after 8:00am.
Although Tea walked up to the first gate quite happily (encouraged by some lucerne hay), it was clear she wanted to dash and dance across the much larger paddock - with Nick and Vaughan in pursuit!
Fortunately she soon tired of the game and walked easily into the yard, when offered a larger portion of hay.
As it happened, the truck didn't arrive till 12:30 and there was plenty of time to spend with our cow prior to her departure.
She seemed happy enough munching the grass and then sucking on a chunky piece of rope - and smooching with Nick while she waited.
The truck driver arrived and seemed a bit bemused when we introduced Tea to him (after our former neighbour introduced us). Happily our cow was well behaved and boarded the truck a lot more co-operatively than when we put her onto the skinny horsefloat a fortnight ago!
Tea travelled to Shepparton this afternoon. She'll be sold at the Regional Saleyards tomorrow. We won't attend the sale. It's a round trip of about 500 kilometres and we're already feeling a bit drained from today's angst.