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Yes, it's possible to load pictures onto this site ... we've all talked about our homestead cows so much, I'd love to see pics of everybody's!

Here are my girls (Little Beefy, the steer, wandered out of this picture just before the shutter clicked! :( ) From L-R are Twister, Dawnna lying down with Libby-Belle standing behind her, and Christine. :)



Don't know how to upload pics? Really, it's not that hard! First, you'll need to register with a free website that will "store" your pics for you. I chose www.walagata.com because it was really quick and easy! Create an account and upload a pic from your hard drive. Then view the pic, right-click on it, and select 'properties'. Copy (Control+c) the URL (which will start http://mars.walgata.com ... etc.) and paste it into a message here on HT. Finally, highlight the URL and click on the 'picture' tab above, which is yellow with the outline of mountains and the sun! Voila!!!
 

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Hey, NICE cows! I would love to post a picture of mine, but don't have a digital camera. I'm trying to borrow one from my SIL. In the meantime, I'll enjoy seeing everybody else's. Your Dawnna looks just like my old Mamma Cow.
 

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Too late! :) "T-Bone" went to slaughter yesterday after having found the road last week!!! :no:

He was a whiteface cross steer who we would have liked to have grown just a litte heavier but...I'm sure he'll taste just fine! :D

It was sooooooooo nice to wakeup this morning and not be afraid to look at the pasture to see if he'd challanged the hot wire fence again! :eek:
 

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It will take me a day or two but I'll dig up the digital camera and post them. Miss Millie will be delighted to show you how purty she is.

Good idea Willow
 

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And...you can take "regular" pictures and have them developed to disk!

Pretty cows! Are you milking them all?

Now that "Home On The Range" is out on video, has anyone else seen it?! I adore the cows in it. It is a cute movie but, I think we homesteaders can really relate to some of the "attitudes" portrayed in it! :haha:
 

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Beautiful creatures, Willow. I have a few pics on a digital camera that I was going to upload when selling my calf. I'll have to get them here first. I loved being able to see Twister. It's funny how you feel you know them after reading so much about them.
 

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Thanks ya'll! :)

Now, what kind of cows are those, Kes? Angus? and is the whitefaced one what they call a 'black baldie'? If so, what kind of cross is that?

I know ditley-squat about beef cattle! :haha:

LuckyG, did your steer get hit by a car?!?! :eek:

The neighbor's daughter was trying to 'herd' a stray cow (theirs not mine, thank goodness!) back to the pasture with the pick-up when she ran into it and broke its leg! Whoops! :eek:

They had to put it down ... into the freezer it went!

C'mon folks, don't be shy! Let's see those cows! :)
 

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Ok, ok! The beeves in the picture are angus and angus/hereford cross. The one with white on her face we call brockel faced (not all white), notice her calf has a little speck of white on its nose!...she (the cow...well, really just turned 2year old with her 1st calf) is prbably 3/4 angus and 1/4 hereford...most of my cows are commercial black angus. All of my bulls are black angus. I really like what the angus breed does out here on this sage brush steppe/shortgrass prairie! (what you are lookin' at is honest to goodness the original native prairie that hasnt really changed much in hundreds of years! No introduced tame grasses in this rangeland.) This is the kind of beef that people eat in real fancy restaraunts!
Willow_girl, looks like you do lotsa milking! Do you milk by hand, use a milking machine or calves? Twister looks like she has a nice udder attachment. Nice cows!
 

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Thanks for the beef cattle lesson, Kes!

I'm getting off easy in the milking department right now. I just dried Twister off, and Dawn and Christine are almost at the end of their cycles ... their calves will take all their milk if I let them! (Those little milk muggers really need to be weaned!)

I was late in getting these cows bred back so I'm going to have a few milkless months, I'm afraid, but I will have a stanchion system with Surge milkers set up by the time they freshen! No way am I milking all these beasts by hand!

Thank you for the compliments about Twister! I am told she was bred in Georgia and has a full brother who is in the A.I. program. (She is registered.) I'm hoping I can get some valuable heifer calves out of her, so she can earn her keep around here! ;)

Sadly, she hasn't really warmed up to us yet ... she's still very timid and doesn't want to be petted. :(

Dawn and Christine are great big lovebugs, though, especially Teeny who simply HAS to lick your hand (or rather, she sticks her pointy tongue out and just touches you very, very delicately with the tip ... she's a hoot! :D ).

Teeny's mother (who still lives on the farm where I work) gave birth to twin calves last weekend! ... unfortunately they were mixed (heifer & bull). :waa: My boss shipped them on Wednesday ... it was really hard for me to see the heifer go, she was SO CUTE!!!! (All white with black spots, and just the tips of her ears were black.) They were super nice calves, too -- just as big as single births, and healthy and playful! Teeny's mom is in her 4th lactation and is a pretty good cow, so even though she isn't registered, I'm hoping Teeny's offspring will be good girls, too. :)

Dawnna simply LIVES to poop in my husband's workshop (and the neighbor's garage!!!). We were letting her out to free-range in the yard but I have to go around first and make sure all the doors are shut. One day, she came up through the garage and pushed open the door that leads into the house! My husband found her standing in the doorway looking around, I'm pretty sure she would have strolled right in if there hadn't been a step there! :eek:
 

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There are some great photos. I have not been able to get this to work for me. :confused: :confused:

I do think this was a good idea even if I can't make it work.
 

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Dolly and brand new bull calf, Duncan
Able (r.i.p.) ancient Milking Devon ox
Lewis (angus steer calf)
Daisy, junior heifer
Ooops, how did he get in there???
 

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This is Iris, my 5 year old registered Jersey cow.


This is Mo, her calf born in January. He is a Jersey x Milking Shorthorn steer that I am training to be an ox. This photo was taken in July; now his horns are 5 inches long.
 

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I'll give it a try.......

 

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Oh I'm so jealous you guys! :waa: I wanna have a cow. What's a farm without a cow. They are all so beautiful. Thanks for posting the pics.
 

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More gorgeous cows!!!

Is Duncan a Milking Devon cross?

Iris is gorgeous!!! And what a beefy steer! :eek:

Pointer, what kind of cows are those?!
 
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