Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Cows of Patagonia

While birding at Patagonia Lake, I said "WHOSE

We were nearly surrounded by white cows of all sizes; moms, bulls and calves.

These are CHAROLAIS. a breed of beef cattle developed in France and introduced into the US in 1936. They can be straw colored to white.

These large and heavy muscled cows make good beef cattle because they have traits of a fast rate of growth and feed efficiency.

This herd grazes along the east side of the Patagonia lake and the Sonita creek.

They seem quite used the birders walking along the pathways. We were more nervous of them than they were of us. Only giving us an occasional glance, they continued to feed, chew their cud and swing their tails.

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