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August 6, 2010

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  1. August 6, 2010 7:29 am

    Pretty, pretty heifer. You’re a doting foster mom, aren’t you?

  2. Finding pam permalink
    August 6, 2010 8:21 am

    Jane has really grown up. I loved the photos of her running. I hope you got your garden in.

    • August 6, 2010 1:38 pm

      Finding Pam, I like the running one too – my dream cow on a merry-go-round! She still looks so little to me – but I see her every day.

  3. susan permalink
    August 6, 2010 8:23 am

    She is such a lovely calf – there is never too much Jane!

  4. August 6, 2010 8:59 am

    I always feel really silly when I post random photos of my animals to my blog. Of course I think they’re adorable, but I imagine my readers rolling their eyes. I’m glad to see somebody else does the same thing (post pictures of adorable animals, that is, not roll their eyes).

    • August 6, 2010 1:41 pm

      Joshua, pictures are always a good filler – sometimes I don’t have anything much to say, if you can believe that! I think we all think our own animals are adorable (like our own kids) and it probably does make some snort, but I get tired of endless pictures of pickles, and stuff like that too. Hopefully, it all evens out 🙂

  5. August 6, 2010 9:08 am

    What awesome photos!!

  6. Debra permalink
    August 6, 2010 11:06 am

    Ay, that Jane is such a hottie! She’s as pretty as a fawn. So glad you post pictures of her — love all the animals (hint: more photos of those good-looking dawgs plz!).

    • August 6, 2010 1:43 pm

      Debra, she is a hottie, I agree. The dogs have been laying low because of the heat. They barely can muster any enthusiasm to chase the new kittens!

  7. Linda Zoldoske permalink
    August 6, 2010 11:50 am

    Jane is so pretty! Love the photo of her running! Linda Zoldoske

  8. August 6, 2010 12:31 pm

    She’s absolutely adorable! I have recently become infatuated with Jerseys (sorry, I haven’t met any Guernseys). What can you tell me about Jerseys as a family cow? Otherwise, we have a Dexter that will calve in Nov., and we plan to share her milk with the calf. We also have two horses, and that’s the extent of our large animals for now.

    • August 6, 2010 1:52 pm

      Susan Lea, Jerseys are easier to find than Guernseys for sure, but with any type of animal there is probably more difference within a breed than between breeds as for as temperament goes. I have had one Jersey and she was as smart at a whip, she kicked me once, the hardest I have ever been kicked, so I learned my lesson. But she was the only milk cow I have owned that I ever sold, when my next Guernsey freshened. I am seriously thinking of buying a friends Jersey/Brown Swiss cross, even though she is teasing me incessantly about the Guernsey thing. I think as a family cow a Jersey would be great, enough milk for the calf, and for you to actually make other dairy products like butter and cheese. I am not so thrilled with dual-purpose cattle since I think sometimes the calf gets short shrift with a cow that doesn’t really give at least 3 gallons per day.

  9. August 6, 2010 1:48 pm

    Jane is SO adorable! I’m getting dairy goats soon, but Jane is really making me think I need a cow!

  10. Michelle permalink
    August 6, 2010 3:09 pm

    I like the one with the toothy smile and the running girl best. What a cutie!

    • August 7, 2010 8:13 pm

      Michelle, I agree – the cud chewing with teeth showing and sleepy eyes is pretty cute -did you see the wad in her cheek? The running one is funny too because the camera captures it so differently from what we see.

  11. August 6, 2010 5:09 pm

    Aww…Jane is such a sweetheart. I love the ‘action’ photo of her! I think it’s wonderful that you’re so close to your calf…you can’t replace her Momma but this little girl certainly makes your loss much easier. Enjoy your weeked! Maura 🙂

    • August 7, 2010 8:14 pm

      Maura, yeah I miss her mama a lot – but that is the way it goes with animals. I have had lots of good milk cows all are missed, but it will be Jane’s turn soon. Hopefully she won’t show so much “action” when she matures 🙂

  12. August 6, 2010 5:19 pm

    She looks like she’s doing well! Pretty playful….you should get her a bell so she can drive you nuts 😉

  13. Kimberly permalink
    August 6, 2010 5:20 pm

    Jane: “Mama, Mama did ya call? “Bobby Mama, “bobby”?” (my kids version of bottle.)

    Jane is so cute. She looks big in the pictures when she’s all alone but next to a person she’s still small.

    Love the pictures. Thanks for sharing.

    • August 7, 2010 8:16 pm

      Kimberly, yep that is what she is saying – having a fence in between is pretty nice when she comes galloping!

  14. Lisa Montgomery permalink
    August 7, 2010 3:18 am

    She sure is a cutie!

  15. August 7, 2010 7:25 am

    Jane is such a darling – I guess she takes after her human Mama. So lovely to see a leaping and jumping calf that stops to munch upon the yummy bits of grass out there. Jane is a credit to her own mother and her to humans, a delight to see. Thank you so much for sharing the photos of your lovely Guernsey lass.

  16. Tami permalink
    August 7, 2010 8:39 am

    I love seeing more of Jane…! How do you weigh in on the whole a1/a2 milk issue? I wondered it that was one reason you go for the Guernseys…maybe not? Guernseys are basically non-existant here, I saw one for sale a few weeks back, she wanted $1400 for her, she sounded like a nice heifer (14 mos) but she was having trouble getting her to quit nursing on the rest of the herd! Take it while you can it I always say, guess the heifer thought the same, plus it was probably human error that lead to that. Anyway, great pics these last couple of days (well, and always…)

    • August 7, 2010 8:20 pm

      Tami, I actually don’t know if Jane is A1/A2 or A2/A2 because I think the AI guy told me a story about who her sire is. My best bet will be to cover her with an A2/A2 sire if I decide to breed her to a Guernsey for a replacement. I could get her tested, but I have no intention of selling her is she isn’t all A2/A2 so it doesn’t really matter to me. I have a soft spot in my head heart for Guernseys because that is what my favorite dairies had around here when I was a child. The calves were available so most of the family cows I knew were Guernseys, no one had any idea about the milk protein differences then. They aren’t really very common around here now either – there are several dairies in the state, but getting a heifer is like pulling teeth. My friend has been looking, and has not been very successful. It used to be Jerseys were uncommon, and now you can’t swing a dead cat without seeing one somewhere for sale. Lots of them with horrible mastitis issues too, coming out of the dairy and being sold as family cows. Ick. Lots of grain feeding, and then foisted upon the newbie with massive health issues – not fun. I will stick with my baby for now, although I am looking at a friends Jersey… 🙂 Although it has been kind of nice to go over there and get milk out of her fridge, already in the jar! $1400.00 sounds like a good price, the last Guernsey I bought was Della’s mom, she was 20 months old, 5 months bred and cost $800.00 but that was almost 13 years ago – so prices have gone up a lot.


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