Saturday, February 4, 2012

Ice Bath-Cow Style

Doesn't matter if it is 40 degrees out or -10 degrees, my cows insist on giving each other several baths a day.    Of particular concern are the calves that are still at the sides of their mothers.

Doesn't matter if they are 4 hours old, 4 months old, yearlings or adults, they get bathed at various times during the day.


Google was giving Glory an "after dinner" bath when I was there watering them, in sub zero weather.

The wind was howling and freezing but it didn't stop this mom from her bathing duties.


Cleanliness is very dear to Miss Googlyness.  She has bathed me several times during the summer when I was in less than acceptable condition for her.  That sandpaper tongue almost took my skin off.

After she made Glory spic and span she turned her attention to her 5 year old daughter, Gwen, and started giving her the same ice bath.       I knew I was next, so I left.

Why all the baths never turn to actual ice in these extreme conditions always amazes me.  That is alot of slobber, but I imagine it stays warm because the cows mouth is warm and the cows stay warm in various ways.      Their body heat is a bit higher than ours and their winter coats are thick.  They got the real stuff, not PolarTec polyester.             

Good cows, good moms.



  1. Sounds like you got out of there just in time! :) I'm always amazed at how hardy they are in cold weather.

  2. I was in Wells River the other day. Took a ride over by your place and saw the cows. Could not get over how big they are! New barn is being built?

  3. Awwww! Love it. What sweet pictures. I miss having our cows behind us. Will be glad for Spring's arrival and their return to *our* pastures ;) -Tammy