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The weekly Jane

June 29, 2010

At 5 weeks Jane is growing, I guess.  You know how it is when you see someone everyday you don’t see much change.  What do you think?

She is a voracious grazer, and that is important.  Besides building a fiber mat in her rumen with forage, she is also developing her jaw bones by grazing rather than just eating grass or hay we cut and deliver to her.  Grazing is hard work, a cow must wrap her tongue around the grass and tear it off.  It’s a job for sure, try grabbing a clump of grass and tearing it off, and then imagine doing that with your mouth for hours a day, for the rest of your life.

All that grazing makes for tired babies and moms.  The cows love this weather.  The on-shore flow from the Pacific Ocean gives us overcast mornings in the summer, and when the sun burns off it has been warming a bit.

Ruthless and Jane on the daily constitution, before tethering.

See ya at bottle time 🙂

23 Comments leave one →
  1. June 29, 2010 8:50 pm

    Not that I have seen a lot of cows, but I think that is the prettiest heifer I ever have, and she’ll probably be the prettiest cow I’ll ever see.

    Your clip was pretty too, probably because of the big clover in there. A bucolic clip, if there ever was one.

    Seriously. Jane is one bodacious bovine.

    • June 30, 2010 6:30 am

      Paula, I agree we are kind of smitten 🙂 It helps that she has lots of personality too like her mama.

  2. June 30, 2010 2:46 am

    Jane is one of those lucky girls….all legs!

    • June 30, 2010 6:31 am

      Diane, isn’t that the truth, I guess I won’t have to bend over to milk her, or put her on a stand 😉

      My gosh my friend just got a new Jersey, and she is the most delicate little thing – and she is full grown! Soon we will be reading about your Joy and her new baby 🙂

  3. Teresia permalink
    June 30, 2010 3:04 am

    WOW! She is gonna be one tall cow, if she grows into those legs.
    She has definitely grown a bit.

  4. June 30, 2010 4:44 am

    She’s a beautiful little cow to be sure. Love her coloring!

  5. June 30, 2010 5:27 am

    She looks like she is enjoying herself very much. What a pair of long legs. So much I never knew about cows and grazing. Most interesting to read. Jane is one lucky calf to be so loved.

    • June 30, 2010 6:35 am

      Finding Pam, I think she knows she is the princess – she is so sweet it’s hard to not spoil her 🙂

  6. June 30, 2010 6:24 am

    she looks very sweet! Didn’t know they rip grass off w/ tongue – interesting!

    there are now two calves next door. They moved 4 of the cows to a different pasture, leaving 3 here – and now two little calves, one 11 days old, the other just 5 days. Fun to watch!

    • June 30, 2010 6:47 am

      Hayden, they don’t have top front teeth, and besides their rough tongue (think cat tongue on steroids) there are little nubs on the inside of their cheeks to grip the grass. They wrap, pull and tear, chew a little and fill up their rumen, and then begin to chew their cud. I love watching them chew while they rest. I used to sit with the cows and feel their throat when the cud comes up. It creates quite a ripple. A relaxing pastime. Sigh.

      Congrats on your new cow neighbors 🙂

  7. June 30, 2010 11:07 am

    It is hard to tell if Jane has grown but I sure she has though, if you put a day one picture next to this one you could tell. I know how that is that you can’t tell if a young critter is growing if you see it everyday. What I do if I don’t know if an animal is growing is try to imagine it back inside its mother,and if it does not look like it can fit, then it has probably grown!
    What is a fiber matt in the rumen?

  8. June 30, 2010 1:06 pm

    She sure is a cutie!

  9. July 1, 2010 11:10 am

    They are growing up fast….both Jane AND Ruthless!

  10. July 2, 2010 12:52 pm

    Jane looks like she’s grown straight upward! Gosh, she’s so pretty 🙂 I’ve never been around cattle enough to know that calves this young are already grazing…the video is fun, seeing her selecting her favorite bites.

  11. Chris permalink
    July 8, 2010 2:37 pm

    Hi, I’m new to your blog but love it very much….very informative and the photos are wonderful. It appears that Jane has become everyone’s darling…are you planning on keeping her or does she have to go at 2 yrs. old too? I think you may have a hard time with your fans if Jane ever has to leave Trapper Creek!

    Thanks for the awesome farm news and photos!

    • July 8, 2010 3:16 pm

      Hi Chris, oh no Jane is not going anywhere 🙂 She is everyone’s darling here too. I still miss her mama dearly but Jane is helping fill the void. Not everyone has to leave at age two, usually just the boys…

      Thanks for stopping by.

  12. Adam Allen permalink
    July 8, 2010 5:28 pm

    Great pics. And nice looking IH truck. Is it yours? Man, I love those trucks!

  13. Chris permalink
    July 9, 2010 8:06 am

    Whew, glad to hear Jane will be with you for many years to come or else I was going to have to come and get her! 🙂 Is that you walking her next to that awesome looking truck?


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