But what if you want to milk more cows? Then you can buy them from other farms. Kris has recently purchased cattle from our employee, who also has a dairy farm.
The boys and I went over to see them. I asked if I'd be able to tell our cattle from the new cattle. Kris said yes, because they had different eartags.
I didn't know he meant they had names:
When I was growing up, we named our cattle because they were registered Guernseys. It's like having paperwork for dogs. You know their entire heritage and have the papers to prove it. We also named them. I well remember that the heifer I led in the 4-H Fair was named Golly. I planned that her calf would be named Gee, and her calf named Whiz. You see how it goes.
Our cattle, since it's easier for our record-keeping, have numbers. But no matter what they're called, they all had the same view yesterday - irrigated pasture that will be theirs next year!