The odd couple


A goose is a female; a gander is a male. “The collective noun for a group of geese on the ground is a gaggle; when in flight they are called a...

Hay feeders can be cow traps


Topper’s horns were wedged tight in the metal hay feeder. While reaching for a tasty bit of hay, he pushed his head into the feeder and turned his...

A therapeutic hug


Ready for winter to be over? Do early darkness and painfully cold weather depress you, as they do me? Well, I’ve found the antidote: Cuddling a cow...

Half your hay by Groundhog Day


‘Half your hay by Groundhog Day,” is an old saying that helps a farmer estimate how much hay is needed to make it through the winter. Even if...

DNA testing for cattle


When calves are born at Miles Smith Farm in March and April, it’s obvious who their moms are. They’ll be nursing, protecting and generally fussing...

Even cows need a nice pampering


Kelsie struggled a bit in the squeeze chute as she settled in for her yearly pedicure. With a rope attached below her “dew claws,” we gently lifted...

Boy bovines don’t give birth


‘When is that cow going to give birth?” asked dairyman Bob as he pointed to my black Scottish Highlander. “Uh, probably never,” I replied...

Making space for your dreams


Once upon a time, there was a pinto pony with a saddle and bridle for sale in the Montgomery Ward catalog.There was also a 7-year-old girl who...

Weanling calves can soothe the soul


Ten pairs of eyes followed me with friendly interest as I served up their evening meal with a pitchfork. Vegans now, these calves are off dairy...

Cows mooed, lambs bleated, and the donkey watched as three wise men brought gifts to baby Jesus at Manchester’s Brookside Congregational Church’s...



The cattle watched as I trudged through six inches of snow into their pasture. My husband, Bruce, and I had driven the pickup truck into the field...

Pumpkins make a tasty treat


I lifted the pumpkin over my head and threw it down to the concrete floor. The pumpkin split neatly down the center, exposing seeds and gooey stuff...

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