Greetings from Minnesota. Today is the 5th day in a row we’ve reached at least 80 degrees. Pretty crazy for MN in October!
It does cool down at night, and we’ve also had a lot of wind which helps keep the animals cool – and makes my hair stand on end all day.
We made it back from Wisconsin yesterday, and while 6 new calves arrived while we were gone everything was still mostly in order.
As I checked on all the calves, I noted that Henrietta was looking healthy and vigorous.
She’s eating a bit more grain everyday and even learning to like water. Another thing I noticed is her long, tousled hair! She seems to have a longer coat than average, which is unkempt and endearing all at once.
It’s maybe hard for you to follow what I mean, so I’ll post a few pictures.
… And here’s her next door neighbor with a decidedly shorter, sleeker hairdo!
One type of hair certainly isn’t better than another, but it is interesting to realize just how unique each calf is – even down to the length and texture of their hair.
At World Dairy Expo we watched the big show for awhile, and Jersey cows were being shown during the times we were there.
I tend to think that Jerseys look very much alike with their fawn-colored coats and dark eyes, but even they have distinctions when you look closely.
The purple floor almost seems like carpet, but it’s actually wood shaving and sawdust. They dye the shavings a different color every year, I suppose to make them extra fancy. 🙂
There is always an impressive backdrop in one end of the show arena too.
Would you guess that events like concerts and conventions are held in this same venue?
Morale of the story is, whether cows are Jersey, Holstein, or Brown Swiss, they all are 100% unique.
1 run in Wisconsin. Wednesday @ 7 a.m. 2 miles. Outside. Brisk pace and temperature. (I only brought shorts & tee and it was barely over 40 degrees).
Back in Minnesota, I covered 3 miles this morning with the middle mile @ 5K pace around 7:40.
Not a lot of miles this week – only 10 so far – but at least they’ve been enjoyable and quality.
Do you find that even when you’re supposed to get away for “vacation” you’re more tired upon returning than you were before you left?