I really never thought there would come a day when I would care whether a cow had weak udder suspension or was sickle hocked, but it did. We bought a cow today. Talk about shocking! Our little homeschooling family went down the road a ways to check out a few Jerseys. We were undecided between cow #65 & cow #59, but decided to go with the latter. She’s nice…. I think. :) If you had told me a few years ago that I would have chickens, a big garden, and then a cow!!!! I would have laughed in your face. My how things change.
Actually it is a cow shared between families. My sister’s troop is in on it too. Our plan is to supply both families with milk, cream, butter and lots of other good stuff with our shared ownership. Call us crazy, but we’re doing it anyway. The only thing is that until last night we knew zip about cows. I mean nothing. Zilch. I’ve been reading up on them and asking a million questions. I’ve learned many interesting things in the past 24 hours. Things like:
*If you lift a cows tail up it is unable to kick. Good to know.
*They need about 15 gallons of water a day. That means we’ll have to carry that much out to her since we don’t have plumbing in the barn. Oh joy.
*They are unable to spit.
*They don’t see colors.
Not that any of you are interested in cow trivia. :) But besides these facts I am understanding that this is a big undertaking for us and we need to get ready for lots of extra work around here. That means that mommy has to get life organized if she’s going to stay sane. My, I have some things to put in order. It doesn’t take much to stress me out. The thought of me and my kids and my home smelling like a barn yard is stressful to me.
To relieve this stress my husband and I have plans for the next week. Purging, organizing, and preparing. #59 is being delivered on Monday. I’ll let you know how it goes. It’s exciting.
I wonder if #59 is excited. hmmmm?