New Cow – Fat Hand

Yep, we ended up getting another cow a couple of weeks ago. Her name is Chloe. She is a first calf heifer, she had calved the day before we picked her up from the same farm that Elsa and Ruby came from. It never makes for an easy first milking when the heifer calves before she gets a chance to get used to her new herd mates and surroundings, but we were really worried about our milk production coming into March. So we jumped at the chance and bought her anyway. We brought her and her new calf to our farm two weeks ago yesterday. And as we expected, had a real time of it getting her in the milk parlor that evening. But we did, no one worse for the wear. She calmed down and began coming in a bit quicker over the next 10 days and then last Sunday had a bit of a relapse. I was having a lot of trouble getting her in the head lock and I reached up to push her head down to go in, and wham, she got my hand between the top notch of her head and the cross bar of the head catch. That broke the 5th metacarpal of my right hand and did result in her learning a few new words that I’m hoping that she will not repeat. She has returned to good behavior though, and has moved into second place just behind Elsa as our best producer. We think that she will be a wonderful addition to the “girls” of Rockhill. The Xray tech at InstaCare said I had a “boxer’s fracture.” I told her I liked that much better than a “stupid farmer’s (who is plenty old enough to know better) fracture.” 

About Pete

My wife and I own and operate Rockhill Creamery, a farmstead cheese business in the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah. We have two children, both married and living in Salt Lake City. We were both newspaper people in our former lives, but decided to head down the agriculture path about 12 years ago.
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2 Responses to New Cow – Fat Hand

  1. Sage says:

    Who’s hand is that anyway? I can’t believe she broke it! Wow…

  2. Jud says:

    That had to hurt. Hopefully it is feeling better. I enjoy checking to see what’s going on in the “desert”. Things are going good here, I’m learning all about metacarpals and a bunch of other stuff. I made it through my first round of tests and got all A’s but one, unfortunately midterms start on Monday and I don’t foresee that streak continuing. Well, keep us posted on your happenings.

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