The Elephant in the Front Pasture

by Susan on January 14, 2013

This morning I was awoken by the most godawful noise coming from the front pasture. I thought to myself, “I don’t remember buying an elephant,” but that’s exactly what it sounded like.

It turned out only to be Luna, our Randall’s Lineback dairy cow. It seems she is in heat, and it is making her rather miserable.

She spends her days mooning (and mooing) around the pasture, searching high and low for the bull that she is sure must be around here somewhere.

In my head I know that this is a biochemical reaction, but it breaks my heart to hear her sounding so forlorn.

If I were in the market for another calf, now would be the time to have Luna impregnated using artificial insemination. There are actually catalogs of semen from various prize winning bulls! Randall Lineback semen is a little harder to find, but it is available.

Since I’m not planning to breed Luna this year, we will all just have to suffer through the next 12 hours.


1 Ashley E January 14, 2013 at 11:30 am

My Jerseys do the same thing. You should try milking a cow in heat. I like to call it 900 pounds of PMS. I’m sorry to hear you won’t be milking Luna this year. Every year when it’s time to breed my cows, I ask myself if I want another year of milking. Every year I rebreed them. Every year I’m excited when I know they’ve settled. Luna will be fine tomorrow. You’ll be able to mark your calendar by her, though. Prepare for the bugling in your front yard to return in 18-21 days!

2 Susan January 14, 2013 at 11:45 am

Ashley, that’s the worst part! That is will keep happening every three weeks.

3 dr rona thau January 14, 2013 at 11:51 am

hugs to Luna and you! :(

4 Amy B January 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm

A cow is in heat every 3 weeks? For how long?

5 Karen Johnson January 14, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Back in time our milk cow, Red Cow would start mooooooooing, then she would break out and go on a Red Cow adventure. We were so lucky our real farming neighbors would call and say did you lose your cow cause we found her up in the woods behind the pasture. She had of course found their bull and was trying to get back. We learned so much from these great folks. It was really cool when she had her calf, it was our first. I also paid them in pies for the bull service. One of the reasons I enjoy this special farm is the memories of our farming time:o)

6 Karin January 14, 2013 at 1:44 pm

She is just so beautiful.

7 Anna January 14, 2013 at 2:56 pm

The mooing with the fog must have been extra interesting!

She is so beautiful.

8 Marissa January 14, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Can’t you at least offer her a hot bath and a glass of wine?? Doesn’t seem fair!

9 Koni January 14, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Perhaps one of you should moo back so that she feels tended to. PS too funny Marissa.

10 Jane from Maryland January 14, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Kinda like living with teenage humans…if I remember myself at that age!

11 weekendfarmer January 14, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Poor Luna : ( Wow. She will go through this every 3 weeks? Lovely picture of her being all pouty though : )

12 Heather January 14, 2013 at 5:09 pm

What about bovine Midol??

13 jamie January 14, 2013 at 5:51 pm

She is the sweetest and I feel so sorry for her. May she move onward~

14 Jeanie January 14, 2013 at 7:01 pm

I just love Luna. She is beautiful. The comments on this post are pretty good too!

15 Christine January 14, 2013 at 7:14 pm

God, if only we could all be so expressive with our emotions. Imagine what you might hear from your front yard in the morning. Sounds like an interesting short story…

16 Diane Shepherd-in-the-Making January 14, 2013 at 7:31 pm

And we think WE have it tough.

Imagine, bugling every what? 21 days……


17 farmer January 14, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Randall linebacks are my dream stunning.
I would start keeping track of her heats now so when your ready to AI you know right when to do it and get success the first cycle.

18 Mary January 15, 2013 at 11:46 am

Oh, poor Luna! Poor you!

19 muffinista January 15, 2013 at 4:47 pm

if you were to inseminate her, would a turkey baster suffice or do you need something bigger?

20 fran January 15, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Well, is there any way you can fake her out? I have heard about what you can do for cats, probably called queens for a reason… anything like that for a cow? Cats I think cycle in and out a whoole lot quicker. And will she do this cycling things till she is bred or just a few months down the road??? So glad you are back and we are talking animals again!!

21 buttercup January 16, 2013 at 10:53 am

I swear that is the most beautiful cow I have ever seen. And it’s not just the hormones.

22 Laura January 16, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Why aren’t you breeding her this year?

Previous post:

Next post: