Monday, April 23, 2018

Dairy Barn

I focused on the patterns on a couple of the backs of cows here in the Dairy Barn. This first one was a cow named Eden.

I didn't get the name of this one, but she had a pattern that looked rather like a country.

Here we have more panels- the difference between hay and straw starts.

Milk tanks follow, along with a look through windows at some of the building's milk tanks.

Frequently asked questions are answered here, and information on the dairy industry is addressed by another panel.

I liked the way the light played over this resting cow.

The calves are kept (at least until the weather warms up and the herd gets out to pasture) in a nursery area. Their diet is a mix of hay, regular feed, and mother's milk, presumably bottle fed. Most of them were resting when I first came in, though this first one was up on her feet and lapping up attention from visitors when I came through afterwards.

This pair, side by side, had the names Tinkerbell and Velvet. Tomorrow I bring this series to a close.


  1. What wonderful patterns on the cows and their little ones. They are so very sweet.
    Thank you for these great photos.

    cheers, parsnip

  2. It looks interesting. My family had dairy farms at one time, years ago. Nowadays you have to have a huge business to make it at all profitable.

  3. did that brown cow get in there?

  4. Hello,, I love the sweet calves. They are adorable. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!

  5. @Parsnip: you're welcome.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Jenny: that's true.

    @Tom: looking at the chart of breeds in yesterday's post, she would have to be Ayrshire or Milking Shorthorn. Possibly a Jersey. I didn't photograph her name above.

    @Eileen: thank you!

  6. Quite the life these cows live. They eat and sleep Food is handed to them so they don't have to look for it.

  7. I love those "patterns" shots!

  8. So sweet; love the diff. patterns.

  9. I don't see cows very often. Should go to the countryside more often.: )

  10. Awesome macro shots of the sweet critters!

    Happy Week to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  11. I'm glad everyone goes out to the pasture for the summer!

  12. Great interesting patterns on the cows. The resting cow barely can keep eyes open. :)

  13. I guess I never really knew the difference between hay and straw!

  14. @Red: well, the better part of the year they're out in pastures, and only coming indoors for milking.

    @Sharon: they're quite distinctive.

    @Mildred: I do too.

    @Catarina: I grew up around them. There was a dairy farm behind our property, and the cows would regularly circulate to that pasture section.

    @Marie: that's true!

    @Carol: thank you!

    @RedPat: I'll have to come through the farm property once or twice over the summer and photograph the critters outdoors.

    @Bill: that one was sleepy!

    @Jenn: I knew the difference, though it's been quite awhile since I've lived in the countryside.

  15. Looking at the cows and calfs I can almost smell them, and I like that smell.

  16. Lovely to see all of your photographs, the patterns on the cows are quite wonderful.

    All the best Jan

  17. what cool colors.... funny how the last little one is so white ... with only a few bits of black. what cuties ... so fun!! ( ;

  18. We just left the calves with the mother cow. Usually calves were born in March or later. They would be kept inside until older, and, or the weather warmed up in April.

  19. I have lots of memories of cows wandering through our neighbours' farms. I liked it when they all wandered back home at the end of the day. One route was through a short wooded area and seeing their white & black spots through the dappled trees is one thing I wish I had taken photos of. You met some lovely bovines :) I had a goat named Tinkerbell when I was young (she was all white).

  20. Look sideways at the pattern on the second cow. It looks like the profile of a cat's head to me. (I have a post on cows tomorrow.)

  21. I love the clean lines and crisp dileneation of the cow's color and its white. Very striking!

  22. The patterns look cute. And the cows are so clean.

  23. We had cows when I was a kid. They were always so gentle.

  24. Those calfs -- just adorable. They look so soft -- I'd want to pet them :)

  25. @Jan: I agree.

    @Jan: thank you.

    @Beth: I wonder if the dark spots develop more with time.

    @Mari: the new calves here will probably be getting out next month with the herd.

    @Wendy: we had them in the field behind our house, so I was used to seeing them.

  26. @Kay: I can see that.

    @Jeanie: I agree.

    @Klara: they're well kept.

    @Norma: I would think so.

    @Sharon: they did seem to like the attention.