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On Behalf of the Bovine

When cows are in the news, we must comment.

by Richard 'Mr. Moo' Moore
August 21, 2005

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On Behalf of the Bovine
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Many of you have said that you think my cow humor is a bit over the top. For those of you thinking that and would have the audacity to say such, close this now and see me next week. For the rest of you, we will get mooooving.
 
Two stories about fellow bovine hit the wires this week. One was from just a few hours away from my homestead at the Iowa State Fair. One was half way around the globe in MosCOW, Russia. Let’s start close to home.
 
Her name is Norma Duffield Stong Lyon but everyone calls this 76 year old sculptor Duffy. Duffy was raised on a farm and decided that she wanted to become a veterinarian. However, Iowa State University, at that time, would not admit women into their Veterinarian program. She chose to major in animal science but her career choice was not finalized.
 
Duffy began her career in sculpting while at Iowa State when she helped create a sculpture of a horse and sleigh out of snow. The resident campus sculptor, Christian Peterson, invited her to study with him. Her interest in sculpting continued until in 1960, at the age of 31, one of Duffy’s creations on display at the Iowa State Fair. It was a cow. She sculpted a cow using butter. Ah, yes. And the cow was such a big hit, Duffy has continued to create and display her work at the Iowa State Fair for the last 45 years. Not only has she continued to perfect her butter cow, she has also butter sculpted every breed of cow, the American Gothic, likenesses of Garth Brooks, Smokey the Bear, Elvis Presley, and the Lord’s Supper. (The Lord’s Supper in butter?)
 
Duffy’s work is not only at the Iowa State Fair but at fair and exhibits around the country. She sculpts in display coolers and keeps her masterpieces at a chilly 40 degrees for all to see. For more information about Duffy and her work go to www.thebuttercowlady.com.
 
Now across the sea.
 
Normally cattle feed is not something to get excited about. For cows in Russia, it consist of sunflowers and maize. But this years’ long winter will become a little more bearable because of feed that includes marijuana. It seems as though the 40 tons of pot had been planted among the sunflowers and maize. To destroy the marijuana would have meant no feed for the winter. So instead of burning the fields, they will grind all of it together and feed the pot laced dinner to the cows.
 
There are just a couple thoughts here. With the marijuana mixed in the feed, will the cows go through more feed than normal? After they eat, will they continue to be hungry for more feed? And what will happen to the milk supply for the Russian children?
 
 

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