If you follow along on Instagram you know that we now own some cows. Even writing that feels odd to me. Those that know me will probably tell you that they would never have imagined me as someone who would own cattle. A semi-hippie that grows her own herbs and slathers her kids in oils and would rather listen to classic rock than the stuff that’s on the radio these days, yes. But a cattle owner, no. Well, folks, SURPRISE! We are the proud owners of 2 cows and 2 calves. And we absolutely love them. Watching Graham with these cows has shown me another side of my husband that I didn’t know about. He just cares about them so much and talks about them as if they are our children. He even camped out on the land the night our newest calf was born. You have to understand that we didn’t know too much about cows when we started talking about buying them. In the months before we actually bought them he researched, he read, he met with ranchers and he picked their brains. He filled his brain with all the knowledge he could and is still learning more every day.
They have become an extension of our family. The kids love them and it’s been great to go out to the land everyday and check on them. The kids are learning to care for animals other than their dogs and they genuinely are concerned about them. We have learned so much. I had my first lesson in herding cattle. We had to dispose of afterbirth. Graham had to sterilize the umbilical stump. We just thought we were done sending pictures of poop to each other once the kids had passed the diaper stage but no, we were sending poop pictures in the first week or so of owning cows. Does this look normal? Do you think they are okay? What if they have some sort of bacterial infection? Oh my gosh, does that one have pink eye? Why is her teet so big? Is that normal? Is the calf nursing okay? I mean, every day we (okay so it was mostly me) we were asking questions and looking for answers. We (okay, me) have calmed down with all the worrying.
It’s been pretty amazing. We even had our first calf born on the land. A beautiful bull who I just want to snuggle but he won’t let me too close yet. He is a frisky little guy and loves playing though. We saw his first wobbly steps and his first time nursing. I always hope to catch a glimpse of the calves nursing. Who knew I would think a calf nursing would be such a beautiful thing? I sure didn’t. I’m telling you guys, I never thought I would enjoy having cows but they are such peaceful animals.
I could sit for hours out there just watching them and listening to them call to each other.
And they love their treats. They come running when they see us and have become so comfortable that they don’t worry about personal space. They stand and stare at us until someone gives them treats.
These cows have brought a new sense of tranquility to the land. We just can’t wait to be living out there everyday with them.