The prevailing wisdom says that livestock guardian dogs have to be raised with the livestock and NEVER treated like pets or they won't be any good as guard dogs. We have never bought into this notion and Bess is proving it wrong every day. Despite not having been raised with the flock, she loves her sheep and is incredibly good with them. She flows in and around them like a harmless bit of cloud and they love her for it.
I can't say that Shannon is the best mom as she is rather nonchalant about her baby, but she does like and feed him so it's OK. She is much better than the last two. Unfortunately, she is still letting one of the big steers from last year drink as well, but as long as the baby gets enough milk it's not terrible. Not yet anyway. The mothering instinct has just been bred out of so many dairy cows.
These two boys are best buddies, playmates and troublemakers.
Don't you all wish you could stick your tongue up your nose too?
This is Rose, who will, unfortunately, be Violet's last calf. Violet is getting quite old and her udder was damaged a few years ago. She loves her baby, but does not have milk for her so Jane is helping to feed Rose. Violet will retire and we will likely keep Rose. Rose gets to be the recipient of that yellow pail and she too has the tongue skills to take care of that milk mustache.
Jane is still overly fixated on FB, but has calmed down and is being a good milk cow despite also being the most neurotic cow I've ever known. We all have our little foibles right?