Lil Angel


Oh, baby.
Moon Pie is so beautiful.
I’ve been turning the girls out to the pasture every day so they can pick at the new grass starting to green and grow.
Moon Pie sticks pretty close to mama and big sister. She peeks at me….
….and hides.
She looks like an angel cow.
And she’s about convinced me to go back on my decision to not keep any more cows. She’s got “start of my little beef herd” written all over her, don’t you think?

In other livestock news, sometime in the next week or so, I will be picking up my new Boers. I can’t wait!

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on March 31, 2014  

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  1. 3-31

    Oh, wow… She really IS a beauty! Look at that gorgeous face!! Darling little Moon pie….. Awwwww……. Please give her a hug and kiss on her nose for me!

  2. 3-31

    Oh sure, she’s cute now. Give her six months, a year. That bratty stage always makes it easier for me to let go.

  3. 3-31

    She is beautiful.

  4. 3-31

    I love her name: Moon Pie. Perfect for her. And she really is quite beautiful. Honestly, I’ve never seen a calf this color, and such a beautiful face, too.

    A suggestion: Start now with “Baby School” with this calf. Daily handling, rubbing your hands over every inch of her (yes, every inch, including her udder, and ‘privates’ for eventual pregnancy checking, etc.), foot picking up and handling, halter on and off and leading, hand in her mouth, loading and unloading, you get the idea. It’s so easy to do this with foals and calves, and so much harder when they’re even a few months old. I start this within days of a new animal’s birth and it saves so much wrestling down the road. It helps your animal see the world as a friendly place, and that it’s not necessary to try to hide from or avoid people. Not to mention the results of Baby School makes life much easier for vets, farriers, shippers. Spend just 15 minutes per day doing much more than simple petting and you’ll have a really nice, obedient and calm cow when she grows up. It’s as much a part of the care of a calf as is food and shelter. Good luck!

  5. 3-31

    She is gorgeous, lovely, sweet, pretty and everything you could want in a baby cow. Because she is 1/2 jersey, watch how she grows. If she doesn’t get lots of body mass in her growing I would say NO don’t use her for the beginning of a beef herd. Bony beef cows don’t bring money and BLACK sells best at markets. My husband and I watch the market all the time and BLACK sells higher all the time. If you are going to put time, money and hay and hard winters into a beef herd get the best. Black Angus sell for more. Love you

  6. 3-31

    Moon Pie is so pretty.

  7. 3-31

    Moon Pie is so beautiful. The suggestions from those who also raise cows seem to be very good ones. I can’t wait to see little Moon Pie following you around and not hiding behind Mom and Big Sister.

  8. 3-31

    She is absolutely gorgeous Suzanne and Moon Pie is a perfect name. I live my “farm life” vicariously through you and your critters so this makes me happy, happy, happy (as the Duck Commander would say :) :cowsleep:

  9. 3-31

    OMG. I’ve never seen a cuter calf. I hope you sell copies of that first photo of Moon Pie’s face at the beginning of the post. She is just charming and I would love to see that face in my house (since I live in the suburbs where we never see farm animals!) She’s a keeper!

  10. 4-1

    Hi Ms. McMinn,
    I think if you decide to keep your heifers to start a small beef herd is a good idea. Its cheaper even though you have to wait two years before you breed them. Plus after the first calf, you’ll have a cow that can last you 13-18 years. If that is what you want to do, don’t let anyone talk you out of it.

  11. 4-1

    Although above posts are correct too I wouldn’t worry about Moon Pie looking boney if you breed he to a beef bull the calf will be “beefy” and markets do like black cattle better, but when it comes to selling feeder calves it does really make that big of a difference maybe 1-2 cents per pound.

  12. 4-2

    She is absolutley beautiful, if she were a human, she would be a Gerber Baby,—there should be a stuffed toy cow made to look just like her, she is the face of sweetness.

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