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...

A living link


Young cowgirls and boys waited patiently in line for a ride on one of our shaggy Scottish Highlanders.Curious Bleu, a red Highlander steer, was...

A rebellious pig goes missing


‘Where is the fourth pig?” I asked husband Bruce as we fed the goats, sheep and donkey.The three pigs were part of a litter born three months...

There’s a hierarchy in the cattle world


‘Which one is the dominant animal?” my husband, Bruce, asked over the phone. Without hesitation, I said, Topper. We had pastured a small herd of...

Healing hooves


Victor hobbled quickly ahead of me on three legs, his right front foot swinging in the air. He had escaped through an open gate. Even on three legs...

Animals deserve a good blessing


The blast of bagpipes cut through the morning mist in front of the 1840s St. Paul School Chapel as Ryder, a yearling calf, waited to be blessed as...

Nothing says cows like full costumes


The fair season is over, and the Highland Riders 4-H kids and their ribbon-winning animal associates can look back on it with satisfaction. I call...

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