A Black Baldy And A Book

☆ April 10, 2018


When a black Angus cow has a white face, she’s called a black baldy.

And sometimes, her calves are baldies, too!


An important book: DEFENDING BEEF, written by vegetarian and environmental lawyer Nicolette Hahn Niman. This book is not a rah rah eat more meat echo chamber. It is a dense but easy-to-read powerhouse of a book filled with science and history, biology and ecology, and a smattering of politics to top it off. The section on soil is pure poetry… I mean it!

If you’re vegetarian or vegan and care about the environment, you should read this book. If you eat meat and care about the effects of your choices, you should read this book. Basically, anyone who eats food should read this book. Find it HERE or at your local library.


12 Responses to “A Black Baldy And A Book”

    April 10th, 2018 @ 7:57 am

    OMGoodness what a beautiful baby and mama!! Thank you for sharing the picture with us.
    Love to all the farmily ~ xo

  2. Marg
    April 10th, 2018 @ 8:33 am

    What an unusual name Black Baldy, wonder how they came up with that? That calf is too cute to be called baldy lol.

  3. Donald Bustell'
    April 10th, 2018 @ 8:59 am

    Marg: “Bald” is an archaic English term for something having a white head; hence, “Bald Eagle”. It is commonly used for white faced cattle. My grandfather and uncles raised herefords in Montana which is where I first learned of this.

  4. Sheri Nugent
    April 10th, 2018 @ 10:02 am

    That calf is so pretty! That face! I just finished Omnivore’s Dilemma which I LOVED – I am ordering this book now. Thanks for the recommendation, Shreve!

  5. Marg
    April 10th, 2018 @ 11:24 am

    Thanks Donald !

  6. Holly
    April 10th, 2018 @ 6:23 pm

    Oh my..I could kiss the nose between the eyes…such a beautiful baby. And Mama so proud…will also look for the book. Thanks Shreve…

  7. Julie
    April 10th, 2018 @ 7:51 pm

    I just love this little baldy face … one of the most beautiful babies I’ve seen!! You are so lucky to have these adorable creatures with you all the time, Shreve, and I love your stories about milking and calving time, and just anything about your farmaly! Thank you so much for sharing.

  8. Bev
    April 11th, 2018 @ 1:15 pm

    What a beautiful baby and Mama. So sweet!

  9. Mike
    April 12th, 2018 @ 7:05 am

    Amazing as always…Happy Birthday Shreve, from the farmily

  10. LJ
    April 13th, 2018 @ 11:41 am

    Was it really your Birthday yesterday? If so, Happy Belated and hope this year is amazing!
    Thanks for sharing the post – lovely and the information on the book. Cheers!

  11. Laura
    April 13th, 2018 @ 2:26 pm

    What a beautiful baby! As usual… Wish I could kiss this one on that lovely lil nose…
    Happy Birthday greetings belatedly from IL…

  12. Ruth
    April 16th, 2018 @ 2:28 pm

    Thanks, Shreve. I will read this book because I’m always wondering how to be or not to be vegetarian/carnivore.

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