Occupation: Family Milk Cow RETIRED
The moment you step out into the field, you notice that "one of these is not like the other ones." She stands out like a sore thumb.
She is a dairy cow, not a beef cow.
She is brown, not red.
She is horned, not polled.
Her shoulders wing out.
She is ancient.
Susan was the devoted milk cow for the family that owns this farm.
When the kids were toddlers this cow came to the farm to supply milk, cheese and butter to the growing family. As the kids got older and Susan aged beyond the capacity to continue to produce her creamy milk products, the kids made their dad promise to never ship this hard working cow for meat.
So here she is, a stoic monument to the past in a herd that does not appreciate her resume or her longevity.
The higher status cows usually kick her away from the hay rack, so I feed her hay seperately and I bring it to her so she does not have to walk far if she is way out in the field.
She likes it when I bring hay all the way over to her and I like doing it. Makes me feel like I am honoring a special bovine in a way that they like the best...with food.
I also worried that I had never seen her actually stick her horned head inside the hay rack to eat. I camped out at the farm last week until I watched her finally amble over to the rack and munch hay with the other low status cows in the herd.