The Deal about Dumplin


The girls, Dumplin and Moon Pie.
I really like how Moon Pie’s coloring is shaping up. She’s a pretty thing.
Look at those lashes.
Nobody’s happy when mama’s gone a-milkin’.
Especially baby Moon Pie!
Dumplin’s gotten pretty friendly over time, though. She misses mommy, but she’s long weaned, so it’s just mommy’s company she misses, not her milk.
She’s always eager now to come right to me.
Sometimes a little too close for comfort.
I don’t think she understands personal space boundaries!
She’s very beefy in her appearance for a half-dairy. You can really see the Limousin in her. She’s cute in her own way, though.
I love cows.

I mentioned recently that I had some Dumplin news coming up. So here it is. Remember last fall, almost exactly a year ago, I sold Dumplin to my neighbor. At the time, I was thinking I wasn’t ready to start a little beef herd of my own.

Dumplin: “You sold me? What is SOLD?”
At first, my neighbor was thinking about beefing her. You know what that means. I went to work convincing him that Dumplin would make a great breeder! He should keep her! Beef out her baby, NOT DUMPLIN! I love Dumplin.

He asked if Dumplin could stay on the farm for the winter and he bought her hay supply and loaded it in the loft. He didn’t have a field fenced yet or a barn. So Dumplin stayed on the farm. And stayed on the farm. And stayed on the farm. Eventually, my neighbor got a field fenced in a connecting field on his farm to my farm. But Dumplin stayed here. The horses have been over to his field a few times this fall, but not the cows. And my neighbor made various arrangements to take Dumplin to another farm with a bull to get her bred, and I’m not sure what happened to those plans, but then one day my neighbor came over and offered to sell Dumplin back to me. He’s not quite ready yet to go into keeping cows, and he’s planning to start over with that sometime in the future. And he knows I love Dumplin, so he gave me first crack at her before he made any other plans to sell her to someone else or (!) beef her out.

And so Dumplin’s back! Okay, she never went anywhere. She was here the whole time. But now she’s really MINE again. I regretted selling Dumplin almost from the moment I sold her.

I’m never selling her again.

Next up: I’ll be training her to the headlock in the milking parlor asap and calling the vet to have her artificially inseminated. She has to be able to be controlled in a headlock to be AI’d.
My little beef herd breeders–Moon Pie and Dumplin (and mommy, too).

Together forever!

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on October 16, 2014  

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  1. 10-16

    Yay! I’m glad. She looks a lot like our Belle. :moo: I’ll let Farmer Wayne know that prodigy of Rambo will continue on your farm as well as on ours. I think he still misses Rambo.

  2. 10-16

    :snoopy: So glad Dumplin is staying. Both the girls are beautiful. :moo: Love the changing leaves on your trees. We are just beginning to get a little bit of color in north Alabama.

  3. 10-16

    Oh so glad that Dumplin is staying :D:D I was so dreading the day she left the farm

  4. 10-16

    Oh, I am so happy! From the first photos of Dumplin as a calf I was smitten. I am not naive about farm animals since I am from rural Alabama, but I was so afraid she would end up as steaks. When you said you sold her I understood, but my heart ached. I was afraid of what would happen. I think she is such a beautiful cow. Her color reminds me of sweet potato pie. I am so glad this worked out the way it did and she will be staying. Your little herd is so lovely.

  5. 10-17

    Your news is exciting and so precious! Congratulations!

  6. 10-17

    I’m so happy to hear that! I was hoping you would do that. I think she is such a beautiful cow.

  7. 10-17

    YAY!!! My heart is happy, all is right with the world.

  8. 10-17

    I’m so happy for Dumplin! You too, of course.

  9. 10-17

    Great news! A new venture is exciting.

  10. 10-17

    Oh My!!!! The crying ‘baby moon pie face’ made me laugh out loud. So happy that your herd is going to blossom. Cinderbama,commented about ‘Her color reminds me of sweet potato pie’ that is so true. :woof: :shimmy: :snoopy:

  11. 10-18

    It is amazing how things turn out, just as they should be. I am happy for all of you. I could never be a farmer, I want to make everything a pet, I am glad that Dumplin is really home again—for good.

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