Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New faces

We've rented out our pasture again, as we did a couple of years ago. We now have 7 cows and their 7 calves here. They're not exactly "new" anymore. I took these pics exactly a month ago, but... well... you know I got kinda behind on things. Anyway, here they are:

Oops. I had taken pics of the kittens in the rather dark old hog barn just before I took those pics above... and of course forgot to check my exposure settings. Okay, adjustments made... let's try that again.

Yeah, that's better!

Such shiny, healthy-looking coats!

There are some kinda funny faces in the bunch...

... particularly this one cow below:

She has the oddest patch of white on her face.

The next photo is more recent. The bull just came to join them a week or so ago.

He's kind of a calm, lazy-looking guy. Much better than a holstein bull, who can get mean at times. They're all nice, quiet renters... hardly ever hear a sound out of them.


Anonymous said...

They look contented. There sure is a lot of grass to eat. Thanks for the photos.

Grandma G said...

You're welcome, Ellen. :)

Jenny said...

I can't imagine living with cows, but I suppose it is pretty normal for you. I like the brown one with the white face.


Grandma G said...

Yep, cows are VERY normal around here! :)

Geneviève Thiffault said...

Nice pictures, some of the cows do have funny faces! And that artistic first picture is.. ahem.. unique? :P

I am quite curious though about that rent-a-pasture thing.. If you don't mind me asking, do you have to take care of the cows, or their owners do that? They just come for the day or they spend the night in one of your farm buildings?

Grandma G said...

Thanks, Geneviève. Yeah, very artistic, that first pic. Ha!

The owners take care of them, although there isn't much caretaking to do. We provide the grass, the water, and the fences to keep them contained, and they pretty much take care of themselves for the summer or however long the grass lasts. They spend they night outside, although they can go into the cattle shed if they want to for shade or shelter at any time. They don't go home at night. That would be quite a challenge to round them up and load them into a trailer for transport twice a day. Cow/calf daycare... that arrangement would be more unique than my "artistic" photo! ;)

Geneviève Thiffault said...

Haha well, it makes much more sense. A trip to the vet with one cat is almost always a bad experience for me AND the cat, so I guess that moving huge cows would probably be a nightmare 😱 ha!

Grandma G said...

Cows are probably better travelers than cats. :)