Wednesday, January 04, 2012

We bought a cow today

Having seen how much calves are bringing, and because we have plenty of pasture and hay, and because it's raining money around here lately... I made the decision that we should buy a cow.  Not a milk cow this time, though.  I suggested to Cliff that we should perhaps go to a few auctions and look for a bargain.  
Of course, that's a little "iffy".  You don't know where the animals come from or what problems they might have.  
So Cliff told his brother we might be looking for a cow, and he asked what sort of cow.  Cliff relayed the question, and I said, "Something that's already bred."  
Phil called back later and said he had a couple we could pick from.  


The one in front kept looking at me as though saying, "Take me home, please."  She's a heifer (in other words, has never had a calf), and was bred in December, so she would calve in September.  


This one has had a calf, and would have had a second one by now, but Phil got rid of the bull too soon.  She also was bred in December.  She spent a few months on our property when she was being weaned, so she'd be familiar with our place if she has a good memory.  Notice the young one in the background still looking at me as if saying, "Take me home with you!"  


This one... still staring at me....


Or the older one.  


Well, we chose the older one.  She's bigger, she's proved herself as a mother, and she's visited here before.   Meet Babe.  She'll be coming home next Monday.  


That's her on the left, back when she visited our place.

8 comments:

Becky said...

Seems odd to call a cow "pretty" so I'll go with handsome. She is a handsome animal. LOL

small farm girl said...

Good decision. I would have picked the older one too.

Paula said...

Pretty addition to your place. I can sure call a cow pretty. lol

Lindie said...

Has she been pregnancy checked?

Donna said...

No, Lindie. But it's Cliff's brother. He'd make it good, one way or the other. I only wish I were as trustworthy as he is.

TARYTERRE said...

WELCOME HOME Babe. You're going to LOVE it there. Does it look vaguely familar? LOL This is exciting. Can't wait to see her with the rest of the family. MOO! MOO!

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

It's nice that your cow shopping was made easy for you with Cliff's brother offering you one of his. Hope it all works out well for you.

Vicki said...

She IS pretty. Congratulations! Babe is a lucky cow, she'll love it at "Wood Estates" Vicki