Oct 03-06

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2006: October: Oct 03-06
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Photo by Vanessa Gronewald

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 06:42 am:

Plenty of colors in this farmland photo from Vanessa Gronewald. If I'm remembering correctly from my farming days, that brown cow would be a Hereford and the black and white one, a Holstein. Those two are colorful in themselves, but add in the brightly festooned trees, at the back of the pasture and you have quite the color spectrum going on. Check out the cars and equipment in between the trees. I wonder if the cows ever get the urge to hot wire one and go for a joy ride in the pasture? :->

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 07:14 am:

Mary, you're better than me. They both just look like cows to me. LOL

By JH (Thumbgardener) on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 07:27 am:

Ok Mary, this is for you.
What are the spots on black and white cows?

And if they do get one of those cars started.
Where do cows go when they want a night out?
To the moo-vies!

By Richard Johnson (Dick_fl) on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 07:30 am:


By JanieT (Bobbysgirl) on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 07:47 am:

Growing up on a farm, my dad raised registered Hereferds, that Hereferd in the pic, is the polled (hornless hybred, say that 3 times) variety. The true Hereferd has horns. Anyway sweet, docile cattle to work with, but prone to pink eye.

By JanieT (Bobbysgirl) on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 08:09 am:

By the way..Mary's spelling of Hereford is correct, mine is a result of long ago ribbing with my late dad. :)

By Eddyfitz (Eddyfitz) on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 08:51 am:

FREIGHTER ALERT!!! I saw this on the Boatnerd channel this morning, a possible freighter arrival in Hancock!!!!
Algolake was heading to Goderich, Ontario today to load salt. Their destination is Sault Ste. Marie (probably Michigan), previous years they have done a split load for Hancock as well. Possible arrival Hancock late Wednesday or Thursday.

By maija in Commerce Township (Maija) on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 09:01 am:

Thumbgardener: keep 'em coming!

By Debra J McCumber (Debrajean) on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 10:03 am:

Fun picture today! Good morning KJ if you are out there!! : )

By Danbury (Danbury) on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 11:12 am:

Holstein: former duchy in northern Germany, once occupied by Denmark (looong ago). Now part of Schleswig-Holstein (state).
Just two pfennige from abroad.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 12:31 pm:

Love the cow pictures, haven't seen any around Berkley in the last forty years, but still looking. Grandson Tim Ozanich still thinks that choclate milk comes from brown cows, still believes in Santa too.

By a someday yooper (Kkfromsd) on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 01:39 pm:

Does anyone know where Bluefin Bay is? Thanks for any help.

By clinton drake (Clint) on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 02:58 pm:

Google suggests that Bluefin Bay is on the north shore of Minnesota. It mentions the town of Tofte, Minnesota, but could cover more towns?

By eugenia r. thompson (Ert) on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 03:35 pm:

Interesting that these cows are grazing together since the Holstein is a dairy cow and the Hereford a beef cow. Maybe they're just someone's pets.

By JanieT (Bobbysgirl) on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 04:08 pm:

eugenia, in order to keep a dairy cow in milk production it must be pregnant, the milk is milked from the cows instead of for the upcoming calves, (dairy calves are supplemented by bottle feeding, with a milk replacer) then processed, then onto to the grocery store for us. Dairy farmers tend to breed their dairy cows to the beef variety bred bulls, and use the calves for market beef. That is if farmers don't go the artificial breeding measures, which is easier, and you don't have to handle bulls which can be big handfuls!

By JanieT (Bobbysgirl) on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 04:12 pm:

In this case these are two cows, in any case cows will get along with one another despite their breed, no different than having two different breeds of dogs in your household. Maybe even better.

By Happy to be in the U.P. (Lahelo) on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 06:01 pm:

Happy Birthday to Z-Man!

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 06:40 pm:

How now, brown cow?
Ayrshire, Guernsey or Jersey perhaps instead of Hereford?

My grandfather had the occasional "brown cow" among his herd of Holsteins in Bruce Crossing. I'm not sure, but I think they were Gurnseys.

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 06:59 pm:

Re: "Brown cow"...

Well looky here: Wikipedia:Holstein(cattle) [emphasis added]


"The primary color pattern for this breed is black and white, but a red and white variety, called "Red Holstein", is also maintained. Red factor (as it is called) is a recessive gene and thus black-and-white cows can be carriers of this gene without exhibiting the red and white colouration."

Well I never knew dat! (But I still t'ink grandpa's occasional brown cow was a Gurnsey!)
eugenia r. thompson (Ert) on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 07:07 pm:

Janie, things have changed since I grew up on and around farms. Then dairy cows were bred to dairy bulls and beef to beef. Very interesting...

By JanieT (Bobbysgirl) on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 07:58 pm:

Guernsey's are a fawn and white coloring, our daughter showed Guernseys in 4-H. Jerseys are a brown color, then there are the red and white beef or milking variety Shorthorns, simular to the dairy breed the Ayrshire, but shorter in height

By JanieT (Bobbysgirl) on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 08:02 pm:

eugenia, it's all called more bang for the buck, or I should say beef.

By JH (Thumbgardener) on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 10:02 pm:

They strolled down the lane together,
The sky was studded with stars -
They reached the gate in silence
And he lifted down the bars -
She neither smiled nor thanked him
Because she knew not how:
For he was just a farmer's boy
And she was a Jersey cow.

By k j (Kathiscc) on Wednesday, October 4, 2006 - 05:56 am:

Here is a site which shows breeds of cows with pictures. http://www.bovinebazaar.com/breeds.htm
And here is a site which describes how cows give milk- actually for about 300 days after it gives birth (unless it is bred again.)

By The (Zman) on Wednesday, October 4, 2006 - 10:27 am:

I can picture myself now grazing on a pasty and sipping a little sour mash with them there cows.

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