26147, affectionately known as Abby was born in July of 2011, making her a shy 4.5 years old. That may seem young to you but in cow time she is leaning toward middle aged and it’s probably safe to say that her first calf has made her a grandmother by now.
With that said, Abby is undisputedly the boss here at Brun Ko Farm. She is quick to put the heifers in their place at the feed bunk and is the only bovine on the farm that Piper, our cattle dog, is afraid of. I don’t even think the horse would stand a chance at bossing Abby around. And we may not like to admit it, but Abby even dictates NP’s and I’s schedule and influences much of our activities and decision making. Milking time is the number 1 thing we have to consider when making plans because if we are a half an hour late for chores, she lets us know about it!!
So when NP began looking for a nurse cow, specifically a Jersey nurse cow, to feed a few bottle calves, a mutual friend pointed him my way. And I was more than happy to send Abby (at that time known strictly as 26147) to a home where she would face little to no competition from other cows and would have footing and care better suited to her unique needs. And that is how Abby found her way to Brun Ko Farm. And became the connection between NP and I. I guess we owe a lot to our bossy Abby cow!