Cows with attitude

The video footage showing an Irish “cowdini” making her escape got me thinking about some of the characters in our dairy herd.

First, there was the infamous “Lipstick”, who terrorised me as a child. She didn’t like to be messed with and she didn’t baulk at the flailing arms of anyone under 6′ tall either. Her daughter and grand-daughter, who bore the trademark black lips and white face were equally as formidable.

Queen Bessie was, on the other hand, a charming yet dignified old lady. Big brown eyes and long lashes batted drowsily as she soaked up loving scratches. One of the few times I saw tears well in Dad’s eyes was when Queen Bessie died after more than a decade of owning the square of yard at the entrance to the dairy.

Thirty years on, Zoe is in love with Pearlie Girlie. This diminutive three-year-old hangs back during rounding up and is happy to be patted until she decides enough is enough and dismisses her young adorer with a regal toss of the head.

A dog has a master, a cat only servants, and cows…courtiers.

2 thoughts on “Cows with attitude

  1. I have a 3 year old, Squiggle, who is very pushy when it comes to getting attention! She demands it emphatically and isn’t happy until she has had a complete body massage. The biggest problem with her is that she will eat ANYTHING she can get her hooves on!

    Love the cow that opens the gate – just hate the intro bit about “looking like a dumb animal”! I don’t think there is any such thing…. Other than a few human animals !


  2. haha this sounds like quite a few of the girls in my herd. I have old winnie cow who is a winluke and is 12 yr old every time a camera comes out look out she is there with eyelashes batted she is relatively famous too. Whith the both of us appearing in the weekly times and she gas her head on the local towns sticker. Then there is blue the name sais it all yes she is blue, i reared her as a calf when i was a kid and we have grown up together she is a funny girl only realy loving cuddles from me i could just about do anything to that cow and she wouldnt mind . yesterday i had 3 cows open up a gate and excape in2 a nother paddock while all there mates stone at the fence watching to see if they could get in. I Loud cows and yes they are very smart.


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