Saturday, January 03, 2009

Wild White

About 10 years ago, my husband bought a heifer about to calf from a neighbor who didn't want to deal with having to milk her. I was very surprised to see her when she arrived, due to her extremely distinct and unusual color pattern that I later learned was called "wild white". Every calf she dropped, and every calf from every generation since has had the same color pattern, which is recognizable by the white body, the solid black nose, and the spotted "eyebrow" and black "eyeliner". She looks better in her makeup than I do!



They tend to be smaller, stockier, more intelligent, and more outgoing than the average holstein, and they are my daughter's favorites. I like them because they are among the few that I can recognize. (My husband knows every cow on sight, which makes me feel kind of like a goofball because they all look pretty much alike to me.)

The photo isn't as well-focused as I had hoped... I am happy to have gotten any shot at all though, because she just wouldn't stand still for me!

11 comments:

Jennifer Rose said...

what a neat looking cow :D Never seen markings like that before

MaryO said...

Very interesting patterning. How about a full body portrait of this one? (I love cows)

HElen said...

Is she playing hide and seek, just kidding:) love her nose

Linda Fleming said...

Judi, I am really enjoying these glimpses of the critters that share your farm with you. I have never heard of this type of cow- so pretty and such striking coloring.

Kerry said...

She looks very shy like she was trying to hide from the camera, I love cows, thanks for sharing this one!

Serena said...

Cows have such adorable faces....and this one is no exception. Very interesting about the distinct markings and colour.

Mike Fleming said...

I've never seen anything like that. I too would like to see a full body shot.

Barbara said...

She really does have such interesting markings and I liked your thought about her makeup. Loved the nose.

Nicole said...

Awww she's lovely. I don't know much about cows but would love to see a full body shot. :-) (no pressure - just out of interest).

Bear said...

what a beauty she is - will you be keeping her now?
So right bout her makeup girl to have eyes like hers hey?
love n hugs bear xoxo







/

Cheryl said...

I never saw a cow like that before either. She is beautiful.