Our Tarentaise Family
Our cows are from a breed called Tarentaise. This breed was named in 1859 and bears the name of its place of origin, the Tarentaise Valley in the French Alpine mountains. This breed provides natural muscling, increased milk productivity, excellent fertility, longevity, feet and legs built to travel, length and thickness in a moderate frame, and adaptability to widely varied environment in the French Alps. Europeans selected this breed primarily for milk production and fertility. The first Tarentaise bull calf arrived in Canada in 1972. In 1973, the American Tarentaise Association was formed.
In the collage above, you can see one cow (black and white) that looks different from his mother, aunt, brother and cousin. This is Jean Luke. He is the by product of crossing his Tarentaise mother with his Hereford father. This cross breeding was developed to improve both meat and milk production, especially for cows in arid or semi-arid environments. If you are interested in learning more about this breed, go to www.americantarentaise.org
Our Tarentaises came to us as a family - two sisters and their babies. The fifth cow was born on our farm.
The Matriarch Sisters
Mimi and Sophie
Our Newest Addition
It was amazing to see how fast he got up on his wobbly feet ...
In no time at all, he took steady steps under his Mom's watchful eyes ...
The new addition is one year old in the photo below ...
Our cows have been raised to enjoy human company. They are very sweet and will let us pet them.
In fact, I think they like being touched! Look at that happy face ...
Field Ornaments - Worth It?
Hubby said these adorable guys are my expensive field ornaments. Wouldn't you agree that they are worth every penny to have around?
Mother & Daughter
Look at those eyes! How can one not be smitten? (Only French cows would have eye make up on!)
How can you not love that adorable face?
And those curls?
OK, so, maybe I should learn how to make gruyere cheese. This way, maybe hubby will let me breed more of these adorable bovines!
I am joining Mosaic Monday. Would you hop over there with me?