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A tribute to my first milk cow
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Donna from Mo    Posted 09-17-2003 at 02:51:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
copyright September 17, 2003
Donna Wood

We bought her from my parents, that old brindled, cross-breed cow:
Though it's been over thirty years, I almost see her now,
Bellowing to wake me, if I overslept that day,
Or breaking in the barn, and making havok of our hay.

I had never milked when we brought Suzie to our land,
I was slow and awkward, but that gentle cow would stand...
She'd never try to kick me, if I scratched her teats, or pinched:
At first it took me half an hour, but Suzie never flinched.

With a rope around her horns, we'd lead her anywhere;
A child could sit upon her back, and Suzie didn't care.
We had milk in excess; I made butter and ice cream,
While clabber grew the fattest, slickest pigs you've ever seen!

I've had many milk cows, but I've never seen another
That had such personality, or made a better mother.
If there is a heaven where old milk cows go to rest,
That's where Suzie has to be, for Suzie was the best!

LeAnn    Posted 09-18-2003 at 11:04:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Your milk cow sounds like she was as gentle and patient as the Guernsey we had when I was a kid. I used to ride her in from the pasture. We also had an Angus cross that was gentle and patient. Most of the Holsteins we had, however, were NOT so gentle and patient!

LeAnn R. Ralph
author of the book:
Christmas In Dairyland (True Stories From a Wisconsin Farm)

Donna from Mo    Posted 09-18-2003 at 13:50:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a book also; mine's cheaper, but probably a lot shorter. If they were equivalent in size and price, we could trade!

Steve from Tn    Posted 09-17-2003 at 08:35:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Brought back memories. We had an old brindle milk cow among others. I had to milk a cow every night and morning from the time I was about 10 till I left home for Fort Jackson, S.C. in '65. I can remember sitting on the stool and leaning against the cow to keep warm in the winter and thinking that she sure was nice to let me lean on her. When I would get up from the stool, the cow would almost fall over because she was leaning against me also. The worse thing that could happen while milking was to have the cow slap you in the face with a messy tail. Next worse was when she would step in the bucket of milk. Mama never, ever liked to have us come to the house with no milk. She depended on it to feed her 10 hungry younguns. Memories!!

Miss Donna    Posted 09-17-2003 at 04:49:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
that caused a misty eye.

Awwww....Donna!    Posted 09-17-2003 at 13:16:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Another winner..... dear person. Cindi

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