Sep 132017
 

How To Of The Day: How To Milk A Cow

From The Art Of Manliness:

For most men and boys-soon-to-be-men, long gone are the days when milking a cow was a chore as common as doing the dishes. Now mostly done by high-tech machines at commercial dairies, the task of milking a cow by hand once brought farmers and their families into close bonds with the animals that helped to feed them every day. If you’re a city dweller, it’s unlikely you’ll come across a situation that demands you milk a cow, save for some post-apocalyptic future where healthy, milk-producing dairy cows are readily available and you’re in desperate need of some ice cream. But that’s not the point. The point is, milking a cow by hand is a tradition deep-rooted in the blood of our agricultural ancestors and learning how to do it is as much about preserving that knowledge as it is about practicing it.

Illustration by Ted Slampyak

 
 

Sep 112017
 
Joke Of The Day: Some Things You Just Can't Explain A farmer was sitting in the neighborhood bar getting hammered.

A man came in and asked the farmer, ‘Hey, why are you sitting here on this beautiful day, getting drunk?’

The farmer shook his head and replied, ‘Some things you just can’t explain.’

‘So what happened that’s so horrible?’ the man asked as he sat down next to the farmer.

‘Well,’ the farmer said, ‘today I was sitting by my cow, milking her. Just as I got the bucket ’bout full, she lifted her left leg and kicked over the bucket.’

‘Okay,’ said the man, ‘but that’s not so bad.’ ‘Some things you just can’t explain,’ the farmer replied.

‘So what happened then?’ the man asked.

The farmer said, ‘I took her left leg and tied it to the post on the left.’

‘And then?’ ‘Well, I sat back down and continued to milk her.

Just as I got the bucket ’bout full, she took her right leg and kicked over the bucket.’

Man laughed and said, ‘Again?’ The farmer replied, ‘Some things you just can’t explain.’

‘So, what did you do then?’ the man asked. ‘I took her right leg this time and tied it to the post on the right.’

‘And then?’ ‘Well, I sat back down and began milking her again.

Just as I got the bucket about full, the stupid cow knocked over the bucket with her tail.’

‘Hmmm . . . ‘ the man said and nodded his head. ‘Some things you just can’t explain,’ the farmer said.

‘So, what did you do?’ the man asked.

‘Well,’ the farmer said, ‘I didn’t have anymore rope, so I took off my belt and tied her tail to the rafter. In that moment, my pants fell down and my wife walked in . . . Some things you just can’t explain.’

 

 

 

A Mooving Story

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May 232017
 

A Mooving Story

A cow in Northeast Texas has apparently defied great odds and given birth to four calves that have been named Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Moo.

 
 
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Miniature Cow Rescued From Auction Lives With 12 Dogs, And Now Thinks She’s One Of Them

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Apr 042017
 

“I think she just knows that there’s a lot of different friends in the world.”

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Moonpie is an incredibly special miniature rescue cow who was once destined to become ground beef. Fortunately for her, she was spotted at a livestock auction and was purchased by a friend of Janice Wolf, the founder of the Rocky Ridge Refuge Sanctuary.

“These auctions are huge — millions and millions of animals are auctioned off everyday,” commented Wolf. “I stay away from them because they kind of make me crazy. Many of the animals aren’t being treated that well.”

Because Moonpie is tiny, she was allowed to stay indoors with Janice’s 12 dogs due to poor weather upon arrival. In no matter of time, the canines befriended her and the story goes that she now believes she’s part of the pack. In an interview with The Dodo, Janice said:

“She accepts them as her buddies. Babies like that — they don’t know a whole lot about what it’s supposed to be, so they kind of just accept things.”

Mini-Cow Rescued From Auction Lives With 12 Dogs, And Now Thinks She’s One Of Them

The dogs serve as her surrogate moms, said Janice. “They clean her face, the way her mother would have. They love to do that… They were all thrilled to see her.”

Mini-Cow Rescued From Auction Lives With 12 Dogs, And Now Thinks She’s One Of Them

One of Moonpie’s favorite friends is a deaf bull terrier named Spackle.

Mini-Cow Rescued From Auction Lives With 12 Dogs, And Now Thinks She’s One Of Them

“The picture with the white bull terrier — that was Moonpie’s first day here,” Wolf said. “Spackle loves babies, and immediately became her protector and buddy. She wouldn’t leave that calf’s side. They instantly bonded.”

Mini-Cow Rescued From Auction Lives With 12 Dogs, And Now Thinks She’s One Of Them

“My dogs have a lot of experience with various critters I rescue or otherwise end up with! A calf is just another friend to love,” Wolf told Bored Panda.

Moonpie even learned how to “use the bathroom,” according to Wolf. Like the dogs, she holds the urge to defecate or urinate until she is outside.

Mini-Cow Rescued From Auction Lives With 12 Dogs, And Now Thinks She’s One Of Them

“She does what the dogs show her, so she learned how to do that,” Wolf said.

Mini-Cow Rescued From Auction Lives With 12 Dogs, And Now Thinks She’s One Of Them

Now that the weather is nice and Moonpie is beginning to venture outdoors more. However, there’s still a lot more growing to do before she can be introduced to the other rescue animals, including a water buffalo, a zebra, capybaras, pigs, dogs, goats, an emu, other cows, and chickens. Fortunately, she has a large family of canines to keep her company.

 
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