From the day our first Randalls' arrived on the farm, we knew that they were special. They all have kind eyes and just looking at these cows really warms your heart and soul. Everyday these cows manage to make us feel that way. Sometimes, it's a simple as looking at them out the window.
Last month, one of our Randall's unexpectedly passed away. She left behind a six week old heifer calf. While I was grieving over Marissa's loss, I was also worried about her calf. She wasn't ready to be on her own or without milk. Milly (Marissa's older daughter) handled the situation herself and accepted little Myrtle as her own. Milly has continued to nurse her own bull calf and Myrtle. Even April will let Myrtle nurse from her. I didn't have to ask them to do this, or pen them up to make them nurse her. They just did it. The entire herd of Randalls' protects each one of the calves as if they were their own. Whatever cow is closest becomes the protector for that calf.
A couple of days ago, we picked up a Holstein bull calf from a local dairy to raise for beef. We have kept him in the barn and have been bottle feeding him. This morning, I let him out of the barn and in with the Randall's. They moo'd at him, smelled him, and welcomed him into the herd. He's trying to nurse the lactating cows, but they aren't quite ready to let him do that. Maybe in a few days they will as he keeps trying.
I can't say enough about how much I love these cows. They're smart, loving, and kind. Every cow is marked differently - there's no need to ear tag them or try to identify them in another way. Each one of ours has a name.
Last night, one of the newer heifers had a calf. She is now officially a cow. She had a little bull calf and he's doing great. Mama is taking great care of him. She doesn't want me too close, so pictures are going to have to wait.
If you'd ever thought about wanting to raise heritage breeds, contact us. We will be happy to arrange a time for you to come to the farm
Rising Phoenix Farm
14093 Madison Pike
Morning View, KY 41063