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Momma miniature cow No. 1 has thwarted my plan to name her baby Sir Loin by cunningly having a heifer calf instead of a bull calf. Less cunningly, she has chosen to have it the day before a snowstorm. Good one, Momma cow.


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The calf is about 24 inches tall, at a guess, and she really, really likes to have her back scratched. She also likes milk. A lot. And, um, that seems to be about the extent of her ambition-- so far, at least. I find myself envying the simplicity of her life, to be honest.

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Date: 2009-02-28 09:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leoniedelt.livejournal.com
lol, as i often envy my second daughter's simple life... milk, poo, some sleep, a lot of trying to crawl, bits of shouting, etc. lucky thing!

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Date: 2009-03-01 12:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ponygirl72.livejournal.com
Heh. I occasionally have days like that, now that I think about it. At least, the "some sleep" and "shouting" parts. ;-)

Latest news: Baby calf has added frolicking to the Daily List of Activities, but she isn't very good at it yet. :-)

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Date: 2009-03-01 08:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leoniedelt.livejournal.com
aww bless. Spawn has added rocking back and forth on all fours to the list... that means crawling is soon to follow. Heaven help us!

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Date: 2009-03-01 03:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] momevans.livejournal.com
How adorable!
Excuse my ignorance but what do you do with miniature cows?

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Date: 2009-03-01 03:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ponygirl72.livejournal.com
Oh, hello, [livejournal.com profile] momevans! Not used to seeing you outside of [livejournal.com profile] parellitalk. ([livejournal.com profile] deerrunstables is my slightly more professional alter ego, in case you hadn't figured that out!)

As for what I do with miniature cows, I'm afraid the answer is "eat them". In theory, at least-- I only bought these two lovely ladies last weekend. They are also good for dairy on a small scale (Dexters are a dual purpose breed; meat and milk). Unfortunately, I'm violently allergic to dairy, so that's not an avenue I intend to pursue. :-(

There was a small exotic market for awhile, as in people who would buy them just to be able to point to them and say "Look, I have extremely small cows", but that seems to have faded as the novelty has worn off. There are also a handful of people using them as oxen, because they're generally quite gentle... though obviously not as strong as larger oxen.

For me, the appeal is a side of beef that will fit in the upright freezer that's already packed with dozens of pasture-raised chickens and ducks, and a home-grown lamb or two.

We were going to get auction-barn feeder calves, but we would only have been able to store a quarter of beef, and would have to find people to buy the other three quarters, even if we only butchered one animal. These little gals are a much more manageable size, and a much better bet for grass finishing, because they utilize feed more efficiently.

Of course, it'll be two years before we reap any beef from this little experiment, but it also gives me a chance to start Tucker, my levels horse, on following cows around and moving them from rotational pasture to rotational pasture. I figure he'll either be deathly bored, or think that it's the GREATEST THING EVAR!!!11! :-) With a LBI, you never can tell...

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