When I was just a kid. I mean like literally 9 or 10 years old, I had a cow shot and killed during deer season. I probably only had 2 cows at that point, and they were running with my dads. Hard to understand at any age, but it just blew my mind as a kid.
It does seem like a lot of crazy things happen, I guess it does in other places too though. I had forgotten about that incident, but remember hearing about it at the time. I don't know about that situation, but seems most of the crazy crap that happens is drug or alcohol related, probably more drug related.
Probably not a lot of cattle in Pike County in comparison to other areas in the state, but there are a few stockyards throughout east KY. I know there are still markets in Wolfe, Johnson, and Laurel counties. Not sure if the ones in Lawrence, and Boyd counties are still going.
Yes, Lee City is still operating, I usually go there a couple times a year. They have a regional heifer sale there, that is through UK and Morehead State University. The sale is unique in that all of the heifers are taken to a farm in Perry County in I believe October, and developed and bred there all under the same management until the sale time the next year. The farm as I understand it is on a reclaimed strip mine.
I thought that London had 2 stockyards, but have only been to 1 of them in fairly recent years, and was unsure if both still were in operation. One of the London markets has a large weekly goat sale. Lee City usually has a lot of goats, and hogs too.
There is also a new processing plant close to the Lee City yards as well, we took a beef there last fall.