Monday, February 13, 2012
The difference between a dairy cow and a beef cow
Phil's herd consists almost entirely of Herefords, like our Babe (on the right).
You can see here the contrast between dairy and beef. Dairy cows put all their energy into making milk, not meat. In fact, if you see a fat dairy cow, she's probably not a good producer. You are supposed to see a dairy cow's bones. A beef cow is insulated with lots of muscle and fat; she is a meat-maker.
So, Phil called Cliff yesterday from Florida, laughing. Seems his son, Jeremy, had called him to say there was a cow with the herd that looked like she was starved to death, a brown cow with a black face. There was, he thought, something terribly wrong with the cow.
We all got a good chuckle out of it, and I posted the above picture on Jeremy's Facebook wall telling him "study it well, Grasshopper", and explaining that dairy cows are supposed to be skinny.