Heavens to Genetics!

Cows and I go way back. Once I woke early in the morning in my home in the country, where we had cats and dogs and even a goat named Ivy and her two sons Rocky & Bullwinkle, but no cows. I woke because I heard the thunder of not-so-little feet. When I looked out the window, there in my front yard were 3 Herefords, the red and white ones. They were nearly as confused as I was to find themselves there, and milled around digging up the lawn and making deposits I had no interest in withdrawing. Eventually their owner showed up and herded them back home. I had to clean up the yard, though. Later, I became an elementary school bus driver (now therein lie some tales!) and one morning we were a little ahead of schedule and as we passed one dairy farmer's maternity ward pasture right along the road, I saw a cow was about to drop her calf. I thought, what a cool experience for my kids! So I stopped the bus and we watched the calf being born, dropping to the ground in a shiny sac that looked almost like a light bulb, its mother licking it free, and we watched as it took its first step on those long skinny trembling legs. Late that afternoon, after the last bus run, my phone began to ring. Parents didn't think this was as cool as I did. They were mad clear through. The next morning, one of my first graders delivered a message from her mother. She delivered the EXACT message, which was, "Tell that dizzy b**** if I want you to know about the birds and the bees I'LL tell you!" I was innocent. Birds and bees never even came into the conversation! And finally, on the same bus run, I saw my first Oreo cows, which look like they are being bred to grow up to be designer handbags in Dallas. Black on the front, black on the back, with a broad white band in the middle. They're called "Belted Galloways" - look 'em up online. I loved them. That fall I noticed the farmer had bought a Hereford bull (the red and white ones again). The next spring, early one morning I saw the first calf born of an Oreo cow mother and a Hereford bull father. It was a Whoopie Pie calf! Chocolate on the front, chocolate on the back and white in the middle. Genetics is so nifty.
mamapolo mamapolo
56-60, F
9 Responses Sep 4, 2008

I'm a retired Australian Dairy farmer.<br />
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It's understandable why cows and calves appeal, they're harmless animals who, when treated well, can be like any other pet.<br />
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I had a herd of 150 Milkers, my herd consisted of Friesian's, Jerseys and their crosses, plus there were some Brown Swiss, Guernsey's, Red Friesian's, Ayrshire's, and virtually all other breeds represented over the years.<br />
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For many years a Black Angus Beef Cow who had wandered up the road as a calf and made herself at home, who first she hung out with my cattle dogs, but when she tried to follow them into the house, crushing the front steps and porch beneath her, I figured it was time she joined the herd, lol.<br />
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She actually took over the herd, she was as dominant as she was lovable.<br />
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She had a habit coming down into the pit whyen I was milking, where I had to scratch her ears or she'd nudge at me until I did, then she'd wander back out into the yard with the other cows and stand at the entry gate blocking all the other cows from entering the Milking Platform, until she was sure I'd only let her in.<br />
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She'd then enter and proceed to eat the 8 loads of pellets meant for her and 7 other cows, whilst allowing me to take whatever milk she had, and when she was full, turn and look at me as if to say, "OK, I'm finished now, what are you doing? lol.<br />
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Unfortunately age, a drought, ridiculously low water allocations, and changes to those allocations, plus endless interference with the way we went about our work, and the unreasonable expectations of the milk processors who simply refused to pay us any more than what they had to, to ensure their supplies, drove many of us smaller operators off our farms.<br />
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The treatment of cows on today's large operations is simply cruel, and in many cases, murderous.<br />
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Animal cruelty at the hands of stressed out heavily in debt owners of these huge operations, their comp0letely disinterested casual staff, is seeing cows beaten and mistreated in so many ways, but the almighty dollar rules, so the defenceless cows will continue to be at the mercy of the greedy and intolerant.<br />
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What a pity the parents of the children who were so upset about something as beautiful as nature, aren't able to be heard complaining about the cruel treatment of defenceless animals.<br />
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This world has some very strange priorities.

teacher said to a child ,we get food from cows , sheep, goats,so teacher then says were do you get burgers from kids hand goes up,from mac donalds miss.

cows are not pets they are livestock

Cows are like humans, they're all different, many have real personalities whilst others are very quiet and reserved. If you dairy farm, you must be running a large cruel operation where you're driven by greed and lack empathy for your cows, because there's no way I could ever see my cows as something as cold as "livestock"

i beg your pardon? cows are nothing like people NOTHING and you are an idiot to think they are. do cows have an imagination do they have a way to understand the passage of time. a cow will stand outside in the middle of a snow storm or in the pouring rain because all it knows is what it is experiencing at the time. do cows learn by thinking? no they learn by repetition. a cow set free will simply stand next to the gate. i fear people like you. you give credit to animals and take it from humans

I think cows are nice people! I've always loved them too! (That's why I don't eat them!).I've always wanted a pet cow too......a gurnsey. I would name her pansy!

Do you know what the snail said as he rode on the back of a turtle?<br />
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joke about a cow , cow meets a horse and says mooove over horse says neigh bother it then comes to the sheep ,and says mooove over sheep says nothing and will not move so the cow pushed the sheep as it walked past and the sheep falls in a ditch and says baaastard.

I have 57 cows, all of which are pets. Except 1 which i bought back in the spring. She is brown with a white head and she has attitude big style! Wicked as a wasp and the other cows hate her. Why cant they all just get along? lol

I KNOW, koalaguy. But they sure weren't. It was my error in miscalculating the parents of my audience.

Great story. It's a pity that the parents weren't laid back enough to appreciate your taking advantage of a special moment for the children.