Curious Heifers

Harland and I took a couple days off last week and headed down to southern Missouri and northern Arkansas to see the fall foliage. We spent a very relaxing few days just driving around enjoying the colorful woods. One frosty morning when visiting an old mill near a stream, I noticed a field of heifers watching us. I just had to go over and visit.

Heifers are young female bovines who have never had a calf before. These are Holsteins (milk cows) and are about 2 years old, adolescents in the cow world. So as you watch this, think of them as a group of teenage girls:

The reason for their curiosity in me is two-fold:

1. They’ve never seen me before and so are curious, and –

2. They hope maybe I’ve brought some grain for them.

I’ll have more to share about our weekend trip soon. Have a great day all!



Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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12 Responses

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for sharing – I’ve been watching “The Incredible Dr. Pol” on Netflix he’s a large animal vet who travels to Michigan farms. After watching him pull calves and clean out afterbirth…. I couldn’t do it! My hat is off to you and Harland! Love the video tho!

  2. Lorraine says:

    Had a very busy day here at work and your video was my break. So cute. I didn’t know cows were that curious. I turned up the volume and watched and before you know it my shoulders were falling and stress was leaving. Thanks for the moment…

    • Suzanne says:

      You’re welcome. Sometimes I just stand there and watch our cows…don’t know why it is relaxing,but it is. 🙂

  3. Christine says:

    So glad you are back to blogging!

  4. Karen says:

    So beautiful with the backlighting! The cows were awesome!

  5. Oh, they’re so pretty. Wow that’s a lot of frost!!! I bet it was really nippy out there.

    Love that sunrise light.

  6. Alica says:

    Our cows get so curious when someone walks along our road…they all come running to see what’s going on!

  7. Jeanne says:

    The heifers are really pretty. Loved how curious they were, and got a chuckle out of the timid ones who backed up so quickly! It must have been pretty cold, judging from the frost. Any idea what the temperature was? We haven’t had frost here yet, in western OR!

  8. Victoria Howell says:

    What pretty girls! And, judging by the almost sequential ear tag numbers, they were all born around the same time.

    Can’t wait to see more.

  9. Carol says:

    Love the video, I felt sorry for the girls living behind barbed wire. They clearly loved your company. Do you ever give your cows a treat as we do horses, an apple or sugar cube?

    • Suzanne says:

      We have too many to give everyone a treat like apples or sugar cubes, but we do give them grain in the months leading up to before they calf, and we also give them grain for a couple months after they calf and they really love their grain.

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