The Cows are Home! by prairiesmoke

The Cows are Home!

Our cows go to another farm for the winter. We always look forward to their return. Today, Pat brought my 6 cows and 3 calves back to the farm. Three of the cows will have their calves soon. Maybe the girls will get to see one be born! Eventually, there will be about 45 cows, 45 calves, and one bull on the farm to spend the summer.
(I only have 6 cows, the rest belong to the REAL farmers who rent our farm.)
Great composition and color and how exciting to have your animals home!
April 26th, 2010  
they are beautiful. I love the rich red-brown. Are they Herefords? I grew up on a dairy farm and I love cows. I am very envious.
April 26th, 2010  
I like the way "mom" seems to be looking at the camera, checking out what is going on. And of course my curiosity is peaked. Why do your cows go no vacation in the winter?
April 26th, 2010  
@ Helen - Yes they are Herefords. One of mine is a "baldy" (Hereford and black Angus mix).
@ Ray - The cattle belong to another farmer who has a big herd and pastures them in various places in the summer. In the winter, he brings them back to his farm so he can take care of them. He has his winter store of hay, his equipment, heated water tanks etc. all in one place. He leases my cows. I own the cows, he does all the work, pays for their feed, vet bills etc, then we share the profits from the sales of the calves. (He gets 70% - I get 30.) The calves are born in the spring and most of them will be sold in the fall to other farmers who will feed them until the following spring, when they are sold to be butchered.
I always get one to split with my family. It is so good to know where my food comes from and to know that the animal had a happy life and was not force fed corn in some scary food lot.
April 27th, 2010  
cows are on my list of shots to get before I finish this project. great shot.
April 27th, 2010  
oh i love the photo and the story! growing up in the city, i don't see cows that often :)
April 27th, 2010  
Look at that happy mama...glad to be home with her baby. So great!
April 27th, 2010  
Love the story with the photo. Great to read about the normal everyday lives of others.
April 28th, 2010  
:) i ♥ cows! they're so cute.
July 9th, 2011  
Beautiful Herefords! I love the calf's little face. :)
October 9th, 2011  
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