Her name is Geranium and she is a Dexter. Geranium arrived this morning, coming all the way from Callistemon Park, Beelbangagra (near Griffith NSW) where she was born and bred.
Geranium is a very generous birthday gift from my mother for myself and the Lad - we happen to have our birthdays quite close together.
Geranium is a pure bred Dexter cow. Dexters are small dual purpose cattle - suitable as a diary cow and for beef. They are said to do well on native pasture - they kind of pasture we have.
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Geranium will become our house cow, providing us with a little milk - milk we will make into cheese, yoghurt and butter (when we get the hang of it). In the meantime we hope she has a trouble-free pregnancy on our grass.
I hope she isn't too cold here in our mountain weather! I am sure we must be colder in winter than Griffith.
Dexters are a breed from Ireland originally and they come in black, red and dun colours. They are smaller breed thus easier to handle for beginners like us. They are classified as a recovering rather than a rare breed.
She will be tucked into our cattle yards for a while giving her time to get used to us and her surroundings. I will give her a daily brushing and some special feed to help her feel at home before giving her a wider range on our grass.
And I guess you are wondering about her green ears? Fetching colour against her black coat isn't it? She's just had her ears tattooed with identifying numbers. I'd prefer to think she went to the hairdressers before meeting her new owners, just to look pretty.
The Lad is now feeling a touch out-numbered. Our patch now has 7 girls and 1 boy - Louise (me), Harriet (our English cat), Mavis, Myra, Myrtle and Muriel (our ISA Brown chickens), Geranium the Dexter cow and just one Lad.
Thank you mum and thank you Judy for trusting your lovely lass with us. We will do our best to look after her.