This is Melody. She is the only Brown Swiss we are currently milking. The 3 others are due to freshen
next spring. She is very large and very calm and very slow, except when it comes to eating grain.
If she is not first in line to enter the holding area where the grain is fed, then heaven help the
poor soul who stands in her way!
This is Melody's calf, Liesel.
|Liesel likes to dance and play. She is very beautiful and very friendly.|
This is Alpine. At 7 years old, she is the oldest cow in our herd. Alpine is a very distinguished, matronly lady who never complains. She is friendly and polite and never bossy but gets a little impatient when she smells the pre-milking scoop of grain being doled out and she is not in the queue. She is due to freshen in November so we will dry her off in September, giving her about 60 days of rest in between lactations. As you can see, she is very photogenic.
This is Heather.
Although we love all of our cows, Heather is our favorite. She is a very funny
girl, and a very messy eater. After she finishes her grain, she makes
hilarious faces, trying to extricate the particles from her teeth with
her tongue. She has a very pointy head and a crooked nose, which makes her look
She is one of the most alert cows and looks right into
your eyes when you talk to her; she notices everything! If there is
anything different when she enters the milking parlor,
even a broom in the wrong place, she will not enter until she
is sure it is OK. She is also the kindest and most gentle cow
we've ever known. And, she is one of our top milkers.
Originally from a small
farm in Connecticut, Heather and her co-worker Lauren, arrived at Wayward Goose Farm
in late May and have been wonderful additions to our family.
|Jill, giving Heather a well deserved scratch on the knob.|