Saturday, May 25, 2013

For the Love of a Cow

Image about 5 X 7   Sharpie on drawing paper
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I am evolving into a huge admirer of cows.
We have had cows for over 30 years - from half breed mutt cows of undetermined ancestry to noble, long-pedigreed heritage Simmentals. Right now we have 4 bovines. One is a cow that came to me as a black Jersey. I suspect she is part Angus, however, but it doesn't really matter - her milk is good regardless of the label. Her name is Abbey and she is our family milk cow. I have done a bit of studying lately on the history of cows and the best description I have read declared them to be the greatest solar energy users out there. Think about it. They turn sun-grown-grass which is pretty much unusable by us folks with a single stomach into milk, meat, and fertilizer. How efficient is that?
I have truly grown to love my little Abbey cow. It has taken over a year, but we have such a nice relationship now - I no longer have to argue with her when I want milk - she willingly shares it twice a week. And the rest of the time she feeds 2 adopted calves.
Abbey is due to have another calf in 2 months, so we have started the process of drying her up. The calves have been removed and I am milking her less and less to encourage her to stop producing milk. It's a sad time for me - I will miss our milking sessions together. But I am looking forward to her next calf and hoping it will be a heifer this time, that I can raise to be possibly another family milk cow.
And then there's Miss Sophie - another post, another time....
Matthew 26:22
They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?”

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