We interrupt this blog post to give you a late breaking status report on the Hilbert 2015 fall calving...
Now we return you to our not-so-regularly scheduled blog post.
What are Missouri “Show Me” cows and what possible connection could they have to a margarita? I’ll explain.
Missouri “Show Me” Cows
Bill found the Missouri cows in a classified ad on a cattlemen’s sale website. When he requested “Show me pictures,” the guy emailed several. Bill liked what he saw and thought the six pair would blend in with our herd, which was calving at the time, so he bought them.
Bill got the antibiotic and administered it. The calves fully recovered, and the cow gradually improved but she sustained permanent lung damage and was eventually sold. He had already called the seller about the calves having been exposed to the sickness before they were shipped. The seller agreed to reimburse Bill for the antibiotics and compensate him for the loss on the cow.
Then, last summer one of the “Show Me” cows aborted her calf. She, too, was treated to a one-way chauffeured trip to the sale barn! We have four left.
So, what does all of this have to do with margaritas, besides the fact that the experience could drive a farmer to drink?
On the way back to the house after tagging the new little heifer calf, Bill and I chatted about the start of this fall’s calving. So far, we had a first calf heifer with an uneventful birth experience that produced a nice bull; and a surprise off-the-radar delivery of a little heifer. Later in the evening, we celebrated with margaritas.
I named the calf Margarita!