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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Cattle

Another herd that I found in central Elgin county. 

A mixed group showing both Black Angus and Hereford.
(But I'm not an expert...)


 

This isn't really a pasture meant for feed, but a field where the animals can be outside in the open air.
You can see that they can get inside any time they want.


 

Sure, they can scratch for grass, but the main part of their food comes from hay, feed, (a mixture of grains,) and silage. (Ground corn plants, stored in a silo and fermented. It will last all winter.)
The silos are those huge cement things. Holds a lot, don't they?


 

Obviously contented, this herd was laying on what was left of a hay bale!
Nice, warm and dry!


 
Early in the year for a baby, but cute!


 

A hereford in behind and the sweetheart in front is Black Angus.

(A heifer. AKA: A female who hasn't had a baby.)


 

The little horns will likely be trimmed off before the spring. 
If they didn't, this one could cause many wounds through play or by trying to get to the trough.

Do you suppose she's asking where's lunch?


All of these photos were again shot and loaded directly from my Nikon P90 and then posted without alteration of any kind.

3 comments:

DJan said...

I didn't know that is the original meaning of the word "heifer" -- and all those cows do look contented. Thanks for sharing these pictures.

Nina Diane said...

loves cows! I'm going up to one of my friends farms in the spring to photograph her cows...can't wait. But we need some warm weather first.....

Eva Gallant said...

I grew up on a farm; we had about 35 cows. They were a mixture of Holsteins, Jerseys, and Guernseys. Holsteins were black and white and gave a larger quantity of milk; the jerseys gave a slightly smaller quantity, but it was richer (higher in butter-fat, which meant more cream). I used to help wash the milking machines and pails after milking. The milk would be kept in large metal cans until the truck from the dairy came to pick them up.