Hugs From Cows

☆ February 7, 2013


from left to right: a friend’s holstein heifer who’s living with us for a while /
Oreo’s sister / another heifer / Sir Baby / Fiona / Frisco


As I’ve mentioned before, Fiona and Oreo’s sister are BFFs.


This is how they hug.


And they’re both pregnant! They’ll calve in March ~ I’m so excited to see their babies. Will Oreo’s sister’s calf have a white face? What color do you think Fifi’s calf will be? She got it on with a black angus bull. I have high hopes that Fiona will have an udder like Daisy’s and I’ll be able to milk her, too.


38 Responses to “Hugs From Cows”

  1. hello haha narf
    February 7th, 2013 @ 9:01 am

    cow hugs and new of calves brings me great joy this fine chilly winter morning. thank you!

  2. ChrisH
    February 7th, 2013 @ 9:02 am

    Showing my city boy-ness…Is it common practice that animals from other owners live amongst your animals? How does that all work from a feeding/milking/healthcare point of view?

  3. Celia Oliver
    February 7th, 2013 @ 9:12 am

    Oreo’s sister is referred to generically (sp?)
    a couple of times which suggests she’s not part of th family…is she?

  4. barbara
    February 7th, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    I think Fifi will calve black because i read somewhere that the black gene was dominant and because i know nothing about breeding cows but what i have read, i am a subject matter expert. ;)

  5. Amanda M
    February 7th, 2013 @ 9:24 am

    I can’t get over how fuzzy they look! I’m used to the cows I saw at my aunt’s farm in Sebastopol, where they probably never got a winter bulk-up. :D

  6. NancyD
    February 7th, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    Thanks so much for the pics! Love seeing the other animals as much as seeing Charlie!

  7. shreve
    February 7th, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    CO ~ Technically speaking, The Farmily has been my animals, and Oreo’s Sister (and Oreo, etc) are Mike’s cows.

    But “Oreo’s Sister” isn’t a generic name to us. Many of the names we have aren’t “proper” names, like “The Big Titted Cow” and “The Snake Bit Cow” and “Little Six.” Some have number names, but even that doesn’t mean they’re anonymous in our minds – we know them all by their features and their personalities and quirks.

  8. Corrie
    February 7th, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    So sweeeeet!

  9. Woman on Wild Mountain
    February 7th, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    Thanks for giving us something while we all suffer in wait for the new book. We’re missing you here. your words. your photos. That is how one of my dogs hugs; she tilts her head and tucks it under my neck. sweet. ❥K

  10. bekka
    February 7th, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    fi is so big. it feels like she was born yesturday

  11. Kat
    February 7th, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    Why wouldn’t Fiona have udders you could milk? Do different types of cows have better milking udders than other types?

  12. Amy
    February 7th, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    But… Fiona’s still a calf herself (in my mind)! These kids grow up so fast, I tell ya.

    And Sir Baby… holy jeez, that guy is buff! He belongs along the boardwalk in Santa Monica, shirtless, flexing, rollerblading with his Walkman.

  13. shreve
    February 7th, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    K ~ They do! Dairy cow udders look absolutely freakishly mutant compared to an angus cow udder – they are SO much bigger (which translates to more milk). An angus cow will produce enough milk to raise one calf, while Daisy could raise four calves on the milk she produces. Since Fiona has both dairy and angus genetics (Daisy + Sir Baby), I don’t know how much milk she will produce – if it will be only enough for her calf, or if she can raise her calf with enough left over for moi. But from the way it looks now, I’m hopeful – hers is already far larger than the udders of the angus cows that are her age. We shall see!

  14. shreve
    February 7th, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    A ~ HA! yes.

  15. Kat
    February 7th, 2013 @ 11:24 am

    That’s so neat! I never thought about why cows produce more than the calf would need. Thank you dairy cows for tasty milk, cheese, and yogurt!

  16. Dawn J.
    February 7th, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

    Is this Daisy’s first grandcalf?? Seems like yesterday when you first posted the beautiful pictures of Fiona.

  17. Pat D.
    February 7th, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

    Fiona’s red coat sure stands out in that bunch!
    I see Frisco’s horns are nicely shaped — does Sir Baby have horns also?

  18. wyomama
    February 7th, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

    My first cow was a Jersey / Angus cross. She raised a fat calf and kept three families in milk. :) And she was nowhere as pretty as Miss Fi.

  19. wright1
    February 7th, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

    A lovely look at the Farmily’s bovines and their neighbors. Thanks!

  20. shreve
    February 7th, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

    D ~ grandcalf! I love it. And yes, this will be Daisy’s first grandcalf.

    P ~ nope, Frisco is the only one with horns.

    W ~ Yay – that’s awesome to hear.

  21. Sara
    February 7th, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

    Do you have a Farmily Tree drawn somewhere? I could see you making one on your wall or something with your beautiful handwriting with different branches for the cows and cats, etc. Guess Ricardo would go on the cow branch… :)

  22. Siobhan
    February 7th, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

    I know YOU know who “Oreo’s sister” is but I really think she needs a name. Cookie? Or even “Sis.” When I was little everyone thought of me as “Les’ sister” and I really got tired of that, so I imagine she must be, too!

  23. Jo Davis
    February 7th, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

    hugs for you and all your cows…you always make me smile :)

  24. Penny in CO
    February 7th, 2013 @ 5:29 pm

    All I have to say is Sir Baby ain’t no baby anymore!!!! Gees he is HUGE! :) and they are all beautiful…

  25. Hannah
    February 7th, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

    They look so peaceful and so very gentle. Thank you for sharing your Farmily with us.

    Also: Sir Baby is a behemoth. A handsome one, though.

  26. Scotty
    February 7th, 2013 @ 7:13 pm

    awww hugzies! must admit i have a cow crush on fiona.

  27. pam
    February 7th, 2013 @ 7:57 pm

    everyone should have a BFF. these cows are absolutely adorable. such a gorgeous picture to see on a wintry day.
    I dont think Oreo’s sister’s calf will have a white face…I think it will be all black.
    thanks for always sharing…we know how busy you are with the book.

  28. Claire
    February 7th, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

    Frisco looks so regal, like he’s head of the pack. Must be the horns. Fiona’s color is just beautiful. Always enjoy pics of your family and the country. How are the cats?

  29. mlaiuppa
    February 7th, 2013 @ 10:34 pm

    I think Fiona’s calf will be black or at least a very dark brown.

    Since Fiona’s Daddy was black (Sir Baby) and Fiona’s baby’s Daddy was black, the odds are that the baby will be black or very, very dark.

    I thought Fiona being a red head was a real wild card.

    Daisy doesn’t provide enough milk? I thought you were swimming in it. (Well, bathing in it.) What are you going to do with all that extra milk?

    Are you making…..cheese?

  30. Patr
    February 8th, 2013 @ 7:46 am

    Too cute. The last pic just “screams” HEY, WHAT YOU LOOKIN’ AT?

    My guess – Oreo’s sister will have a white face calf.

    FiFi – black but with a reddish undertone.

    And how is Daisy’s adopted calf? Did you ever name it?

    Miss Holstein is very pretty with the group. Maybe she should visit for an extended period.

  31. Lindsay
    February 8th, 2013 @ 8:58 am

    The pictures of the cows are stunning. I love me some cows. And the nuzzling?! SOO adorable!

  32. Dana
    February 8th, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    I agree with Patr, what ever happened with Daisy’s adopted calf?

  33. TomT
    February 8th, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    Love these pics! Thanks so much.

  34. Laura
    February 8th, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    Beautiful photos! In the first one, Oreo’s sister and the other beauty almost look like a two headed cow !
    Star Brand Cheese next? Easier to distribute, could fit in my mailbox ;)

  35. Yvonne
    February 8th, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

    You need to post a farmily tree. :)

  36. Bumblebee
    February 8th, 2013 @ 6:48 pm

    Awwww what a lovely ~~ photo! Gorgeous farmily & friends. I LOVE it!!!
    I cannot believe Sweet Fiona is old enough to be a mommy already! OH, my goodness!! Can’t wait to see and hear the details of the new babies. :)
    Funny how one of the commenters mentioned precious Ricardo as I have been thinking about him a lot lately. :(
    Thanks Shreve!!! HUGS

  37. carol
    February 9th, 2013 @ 9:58 pm

    greetings from california,

    so, with Daisy, would this make the top pix the
    “moo-nificent 7” ? (apologies in advance for any wincing!)

    definitely a munificent group of animals in their affection for one another and their humans – many thanks to you and the cows for sharing… and wonderful blog, thank you

  38. Laura Oliver
    February 10th, 2013 @ 6:26 pm

    Sir Baby looks huge. They all look so sweet. I would love to give them kisses. I just love all animals – probably more than people. I know – I am nuts……

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