Today, Delightful and her now four week old calf Bella made the journey from Kamiah to Garfield with minimal malfunction, but with plenty of stress for a family of newbies. This arrival was long anticipated. Our first cow ownership in 2009 was to precede property ownership, but alas, gratification would be deferred until today. Two weeks ago we mowed pastures and began watering.
This allowed the trip to be relatively uneventful, though as the driver, my guts were in knots until Delightful finally relaxed after unloading. The image taken out the back window shows some images seared in my mind by the anxiety. To an experienced rancher with a proven stock trailer, this would seem trivial I suspect. To us it was pins and needles, with every bump triggering gastric constriction.
But the final result is something difficult to describe, as I told Courage when she asked me, "How does having Delightful here make you feel, Dad?" It is like the feeling of holding a new baby. Delightful and Bella bring to our household nourishment for body (as we tasted fresh out of the udder while she ate crab apples and fresh grass) and an earthy, overwhelming sense of reality, like becoming a parent for the first time. Her tolerance to six kids grooming and ogling immediately after a stressful trip in 100 degree weather (with a chaffed tail) was astonishing to me, having worked with ranging beef cattle. She let us milk her while she nursed Bella, and she's never officially been a milk cow. She's as beautiful as she is sweet, and she is already a contributing member of the household.
Josh: Founder, father