I Miss My Cow


BP wants to come home. She doesn’t understand. It’s hard to leave her some days. Every evening, I go the mile down the road to Skip’s farm and feed BP and Glory Bee. Glory Bee is living large with her mommy and she doesn’t care if she EVER comes home, but BP….. She wants to come home. But she is like clockwork and if she goes into heat again, she will go into heat on Day 21. Today is Day 18. She was there for the a heat and we brought her home–and she wasn’t pregnant. When she went into heat again 21 days later, we took her back. And I’m going to leave her there until Day 25, which will take her well through two more heats. Combined with the first one, that’s three heat exposures. Of course, I hope she is NOT going to come into heat on Day 21. I hope she’s already pregnant. But I don’t know. The bull will tell me this weekend. If the bull is with her this weekend, I’ll know she came into heat. Hopefully, the third time will be a charm and she will get bred. Either way, she WILL come home on Day 25 and if she comes into heat again after that, we’ll take her back again. But 25 days in a row is as long as I can stand to leave her.

Glory Bee, enjoying an after-dinner squash treat. We’re at the time of year when we are collecting free castoffs from the farmers market. The pig and the cows are lovin’ it.

(They really have to work at breaking down the squash. It’s pretty funny.)


  1. margiesbooboo says:

    You miss your cow? I miss your cow! Thanks for the update, I was worried about her. :cowsleep:

  2. Granny Trace says:

    :cowsleep: Oh I bet you do..I would too..Love the BP Squash picture.
    Granny Trace


  3. Granny Trace says:

    oooops Glory Bee!

  4. Flowerpower says:

    I guess BP loves you too and probably wonders what is going on. Fingers crossed that the 2nd time “took” and she can come back home where she belongs. I know its hard on you to go all the way over and feed them but you are a good mama! :happyflower:

  5. Liz Pike says:

    BP looks like she misses you too, Suzanne! I bet she misses all the activity and other animals!

  6. BuckeyeGirl says:

    Hah, she misses being milked by her human! Big calves are tough on their mammas udders. All that butting and shoving is fine when it’s a little calf, a nearly grown calf is another matter. Still, needs must when all is said and done, it’ll work out in the end.

  7. Anita says:

    Wait, what? The PIG? You have a pig? I thought Sausage and Patty were in the freezer.

  8. jan n tn says:

    I laughed out loud seeing GB with her mouth full.
    GB: O, FANK OOO MOAH MOAH. We have all missed your cows! Lets not forget that GB may have been bred in this time frame too. What a vacation they’ve had. It’s time for Poky and Nutmeg to start showing what they’ve got tucked inside. MORE BABIES.

  9. lavenderblue says:

    She is coming into heat, right? So GB still nursing (is that what you call it for calves?) wouldn’t be affecting BP getting bred, would it? All that hormone stuff I mean. Like BP’s body saying “NO more baby for you, you have all you can handle right there, Missy.”

    And is anybody else taking evil pleasure in what a shock it would be to that bad baby, GB, if she found out she were pregnant? :devil2:

  10. chickenherd says:

    I miss your cow too!! Hope she gets bred.

  11. dustymom says:

    Goodness – I don’t think I could live without my cow! LOL
    What kind of bull is it – a dairy or meat bull? I’m struggling in this area – lots of people have meat cattle, no dairy for many, many miles! Also what kinds of garden stuff do your cows/goats like? I have tons of food sometimes left over and would like to supplement them. Especially those goats – dairy goats. Today they got some carrots I broke up. Gave them apples this weekend. Greens of all kinds out there – do you know what they like – well, besides cookies? LOL Marilyn

    • Suzanne McMinn says:

      dustymom, the bull is a Gelbvieh-Angus cross. So far, we’ve given them (and they’ve eaten!) corn shucks, green beans, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, and eggplant. They haven’t turned anything down yet!

      lavenderblue, no, that won’t stop her from getting bred. A lot of people breed their cows at 3 months after calving, so many are still nursing at that point.

  12. holstein woman says:

    Suzanne, please be very careful feeding them hard vegies and fruit. Someone fed my cows hard whole (little) apples years ago and some of them choked on them and died. They were nursing cows and adult. It is really hard to have that happen. Cows only have teeth on the bottom in front and can’t always get the hard things down.

  13. Anita says:

    Well dang. Can’t believe I missed that. I am off, in search of pig. lol

  14. whaledancer says:

    We miss them, too. It must be extra hard to have the kids gone and the cows, too. Like all your babies are away for the summer. Well, all except the chickens, and the goats, and the pig, and the ducks, and the geese, and the cats, and the dogs, and oh, never mind. You’ll never be lonely again.

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