Weekly Grist Gallery, January 29, 2011

A shaggy cow story, and more

A trip down County Road 77 in Grant County Arkansas lead to discovering a herd of shaggy cows. Continuing the trip down Stagecoach Road also in Grant County, we came across a fire and some spectators. See the stories for these pictures at Corndancer dot-com and Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind.

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    Bambi, left and Blondie, right, are Scottish Highland cows. They live and graze on County Road 77 in Grant County, Arkansas. The farm is owned by Jimmy Michael doing business as the "Shaggy Cattle Company."
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    Bambi must have said something that hacked Blondie.
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    This is Clint, one of two bulls Jimmy has in his herd. The two bulls are well separated by a road and a couple of fences. Clint snorts at his neighbor bull across the road.
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    Scottish Highland cattle have the endurance and stamina of a Yak and the temperament of a Labrador Retriever according to most authorities. When I drove up, these two wandered up to the fence to check me out.
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    This is Bambi in the foreground. Clint, the bull and Blondie, a sister cow, are in the background.
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    Clint the bull.
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    Bambi. Notice her bangs.
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    Blondie attempts to grab a bite of Clint's food. He whacked her horns with his and she decided not to pursue further attempts.
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    Jimmy Michael, proprietor.
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    Jimmy and Bambi in the background. Jimmy and his late wife, Brenda, started the herd with two cattle in 1999 on a 127 acre farm on County Road 77 in Grant County, Arkansas.
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    One of Jimmys neighbors keeps donkeys. These two jennies seem to enjoy each others company.
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    The trip continued on Stage Coach Road, in Grant County where I came upon some fire fighters from the Cane Creek Volunteer Fire Department who had successfully battled a brush fire.
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    James Henry who lives close to the area of the fire came rolling up to check out the action on his four-wheeler. His faihful companion and passenger is "Cocoa," who was abandoned in the area. James quickly tells you just how good Cocoa is. "Best dog in the world," he says. She licked my fingers when we met.
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    James Wagner, of the Arkansas Forestry Commission, was at the fire scene in his official capacity. He and James Henry are discussing the fire. Cocoa listens in.
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    Cocoa, James and James.

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