Thursday, June 10, 2010

Mothers and Daughters of the Bovine Kind

The front pasture cows. Our two oldest cows and their calves. The two old girls had the first and last calves of this year within our herd. The older heifer calf was born in Feb. the youngest in May. A very interesting grouping.


niftyknits said...

LOL this is interesting timing! the cows are in the pastures with their calves over here too - two days ago I walked along a footpath and hadn't realised until I got to the top of the hill that they were in *my* field. I looked around to be sure I wasn't separating any mums from their babies, and kept going (I was more than halfway). One mum noticed me - started walking quickly NOT towards me...but diagonally to cut me off from the gate! Heart pounding, I got there before her, but my goodness did she bellow! Our cows have horns....

Jane Carlstrom aka Glorious Hats said...

Oh Nifty, yes sometimes the cows run away, sometimes they charge. One never knows for sure what their reaction to a human will entail. We purposely chose to raise Polled Hereford mix and have Polled Hereford bulls - because Polled = naturally hornless AND Herefords do have a more gently nature than many others.

Over the years, we have had a number of cows and 1 bull that I could walk up to in the field and rub/brush them. However, most prefer to keep a distance. Though they sure come running for "cow candy" -- grass clippings.

They have a variety of mooing tones and styles -- from soft lullaby to mad trumpeting. When we hear the "distress" calls it pays to go out and check, something is usually awry in the cow world.