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is Jersey/Shorthorn cross and has the sweetest disposition. I am seriously thinking about keeping her for a replacement heifer when I retire one of my older cows. She is about seven months old.
couple of months. Dixie Cupp and Butter Cupp are beautiful girls!
She believes herself to be very special (perhaps because she is American Jersey Association registered.) She demands attention. She will push the other cows out of the way to make sure that she gets her head and ears scratched. When I brush her, she stands perfectly still enjoying every minute. She loves to be pampered and adored. She is bred to Breyer for an October calf. She is the grandaughter of Brook Bomber of Waverly Farms, a quite popular AI bull.
Everyone has a job on the farm and the job of these delightful Doxies is to entertain their humans and provide plenty of doggie kisses! Left to right are my two miniature dachshunds, Hunter and Hope. Oscar on the far right is my standard male. Hunter and Hope have given me two litters of gorgeous babies, but I plan to give them some time off and not breed Hope again for a year.
Jersey bull. He was bred by Tanglewood Farms in Georgia. He is 42 inches tall. Although it is not wise to "play" with a bull, Breyer is quite tame. We keep him in a pasture with a single strand of electric wire.
He was dam raised and has very little direct contact with his human momma. He is a perfect gentleman in the field though. I have never had any trouble with aggression and I work around him every day. I am excited to see the calves he will produce!
Peanut got his name because the day he was born, Mike was leading Mayfield to the barn and eating cajun peanuts. Mayfield loved the peanuts that Mike was sharing with her. With his coloring and small size, I thought Peanut was a great name for Mayfield's calf!
is my other miniature Jersey cow. She is 8 years old and the shorter of the two miniature cows. She also came from Riverview Farms in Ohio and is half sister to Mayfield. (Both cows were sired by the same bull.) Edy enjoys eating and it shows, as she is actually too fat. She does not have the same beautiful udder as her sister, but she is a joy to handle. She produces colorful and sweet tempered calves. Both of my minis give about three gallons of milk a day, high in butterfat content.
The romantic side of me wants to believe that I am a cowgirl. The image associated with a cowgirl is a strong woman basking in the freedom of the open range with the wind in her face and the sun shining down upon her. However, I think the reality of the situation is that I am a Milkmaid. That image conjures up a woman who is a slave to her cows. While I do have to schedule my life around morning and evening milking, being a slave to my cows is not a bad thing in my book! I love all cows, but I especially love the Jersey!