Submerged in the final days of manuscript prep, head swimming through shops and fields and barns, a little article on bovines caught my eye.
‘Farms downsize with miniature cows’ in the LA Times discusses the benefits and banes of smaller breeds such as the mini-Hereford or mini-Jersey.
Apparently the diminished versions get more bang for the buck when you look at the meat-to-feed ratio. Suckers sure are cute, too. Though cuteness might not necessarily be a plus when it comes to raising animals on Amish farms. And low-slung udders make for sore knees and cricks in the back, it seems.
Miniature horses abound in Amish America. Don’t recall ever seeing a minicow, though. Sounds like it might fit with the Amish small farm aesthetic, size-wise, anyway. Have sent the article onward to Anonymous Amish Person (AAP) for possible commentary.
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