20 thoughts on “Different Cows

  1. I love these cuties, as you know. However, regarding their red swathes, my perception is this: Although I agree that it’s a different red than that of the other herd — red is always ‘warm’, and never ‘cool’ in my thinking.

    Well, whatever the case, they are a very striking crew! 🐄👏🏻

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    1. Aha! I see the red on these cows more as a red tending to the blue. Do you see that? So it just looks colder to me compared to a red that is towards yellow.

      Of course, I accept that according the test I took a long time ago, I am a little bit red-green deficient or there is shift – but that shouldn’t affect the principle that a red can be colder or warmer depending on what it is made up of. Yes? No? xx

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      1. I figured you might be thinking along those lines. I always think of such a prominent red as in the ‘warm’ family. Ultimately, I would have to see the cows from either herd side by side. Perhaps you mean these ‘girls’ are more auburn than the others? Auburn is generally darker, it’s a red with a lot of brown in it.

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        1. Yes, it would be lovely to see the two herds together. What would they make of it? Would they just mix, or would they identify with their own group? Ranchers or farmers must know this, I would think. Maybe someone who knows will comment here.

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        2. Interesting thought… I imagine that — at least at first — they might well be territorial?? However, perhaps then they would all “do their own thing” and perhaps enjoy such an extension of the herd?

          And of course, it would mean more at hand to join those poker games we have spoken about! ♥️ ♣️ ♦️ 😉

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        3. Not sure you two – and the other herd are beef cattle (Herefords) by the way – but all grazing animals tend to stick together (the old ‘safety in numbers’ for prey animals, yeah?; )

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        4. I asked in a forum and the consensus from people who deal with cows is that cows are effectively solitary even when they herd, so a few more cows from a different herd won’t trouble them. That is with the exception of Herens, a breed where the individuals are very combative.

          One of the commenters also mentioned combat de Reines. Who knew?!!

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        5. They obviously aren’t under enough ‘threat’ anymore or ! Ruminants being herd animals and safety in numbers and all… But we are talking about the cows only now, mind you David. Bulls are another story altogether, can be very temperamental(dangerous!) and being competitive with each other for dominance of the herd and breeding rights is totally normal. (Thus why artificial insemination is preferred over keeping bulls in the herd for live breeding…

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        6. My uncle used to keep Jersey Cows many years ago and was badly hurt by their bull who’d always seemed a lovely gentleman to me – but just one moment of inattention on the wrong day, was all it took :/)

          (He also wore a bright and shiny ring in his nose…)

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        7. You would hardly believe the size and shape of some of the bulls we have seen at country shows – so much muscle that they must have been secretly eating anabolic steroids when the farmer wasn’t looking…

          About going near big animals – I kind of feel the same way about cows. You have to size them up before approaching them. If they seem a bit huffy, then stay away.

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  2. What a great bunch you have here David! The longer I looked, the more distinct they became, all of them with their ‘chocolate-dipped’ nose, ears & top-knot, possibly also having a white top line and (can’t tell for sure from the photo, but possibly) socks as well?
    After looking at Cow, Dog, Cat and finally horse coat colours this wound up being the best definition I could find after suddenly remembering a book from childhood about ‘The Strawberry Roan’… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roan_(horse)

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    1. Well, you are absolutely right. They do have a white top line, if I understand that correctly. That is they have longer white hair in a ridge line down the tops of their backs. And I see what you mean about the mix of white and coloured hairs that describes a Roan. You have great powers of observation.

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      1. Thanks David. These are the features that define ‘your’ herd as a distinct breed and Breed Standards are what sets each apart and recognisable…. Man has (Humans have) been very busy picking and choosing peculiarities and preferences over the millennia, yes?; )

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        1. Yes, man has been selecting to suit his tastes. And some of the experiments have resulted in what I think are grotesque – a milking machine with a cow on the end, or sides of beef with cow attached.

          I know more about sheep and it’s a messy story that I wrote about on the blog for our card company. Here’s the article about Robert Bakewell and sheep breeding in the UK. The link will open in a new tab.

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