Sunday, May 01, 2011

Tasting the world

We all know how babies are about putting things in their mouths.  Jody (yes, I changed the spelling) is no different.  After all, how is a baby going to know what tastes good if she doesn't try new things?  


This baby has tried hay, chewing two strands of it thoroughly.  Unlike older cows, she has to chew; she isn't a ruminant until she is able to chew her cud.  Once she can do that (probably within a couple of weeks), she'll swallow her food without chewing and regurgitate it later for more thorough processing.


  Grass is pretty tasty.  


Gates, not so much, but she gave it several tries.  


Same thing goes for fences.  


I'm sure she'd taste Iris too, if she could get to her.  


Cliff and I built a nice little pen for Jody, and hauled up my last remaining usable calf hutch for shelter.  She's located where I can see her from the kitchen window and also from the window next to my recliner.  


She seems to like her new home just fine.  It's interesting the way baby calves will seek out a hidey-hole; you don't have to force them into a shelter.  They find it on their own.  They feel safe when hidden away from general viewing.  
We constructed the pen out of old hog-panels, giving her plenty of room to run and play.  When she's weaned and big enough to run with the other cows, we'll take the pen down.  


We think Jody must be 3/4 Jersey and 1/4 Holstein; all the 1/2 Holsteins we've ever seen were black-and-white spotted, with perhaps a tinge of brown in the black areas.  She is larger than most purebred Jersey heifers, bigger-boned and coarser; but she has all the coloring of a Jersey.  

10 comments:

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

How nice you can keep an eye on her from inside your home too. She is a sweetheart for sure.

Vicki said...

She is ADORABLE. Vicki

Margaret said...

She is SO cute!! I didn't know that cows couldn't chew their cud right away. I learned lots of new info!

Michaele said...

I just love her eyes. Nice you made her a hidey-hole. She looks like spring.

Astaryth said...

I just love her little face... so cute!

TARYTERRE said...

Jody is a sweetie-pie. You are going to love having her around.

Ora said...

Hi Donna....Jody is a cute name and she is so pretty...the color of caramel...and I love anything with caramels...LOL...and I don't know why my blog pics don't show up...I have tried several ways to put them on...nuttin works...YET!!! but I put them on FB and they did fine...but they would only let me do one at a time...pictures, blogs, Nook, FB...getting too complicated for this dingbat LOLOL...hugs from KY

Muhd Imran said...

Jody looks comfortable and safe in the shelter. It's good that you're able to observe her from your kitchen window.

FrankandMary said...

Oh, how delightful. Could I by any chance convince you to go vegan?(ok, kidding)

Seriously, she is so very beautiful.~Mary

Sister--Three said...

Best of two world--volume of the Hostein and fat of the Jersey! Donna you may have to keep this one for a family milk cow! I hope your husband will do the milking--that is a chore I said I would never do after leaving the farm and I have not!