How Now. . .

by Laura Parker Roerden

Quick. Close your eyes and picture a cow. What did you see?

How many of you saw a black and white cow?

Hands up

 

 

 

 

 

 

I thought so.

Poor misunderstood BROWN cows: Ashyires, Jerseys, and Herefords.

Our farm has always had brown cows, which poses a bit of a problem when you’re trying to decorate.

Cartoons, ceramics, household goods alike, all usually feature black and white cows.

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I mean, how awesome is this planter? But it’s not brown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And how about this dream room?

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Again. NOT brown.

And black and white cows are a source of endless humor.

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That’s because brown cows are not funny.

(But they are hilarious on a grown man’s polo shirt.)

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Brown cows are generally too cute to be funny. And risk being confused with Teddy Bears, who are apparently really very sad brown cows that have lost their udders.

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Growing up, I thought that my dad chose brown and white cows because they harmonize well with the reds, browns, greens and beiges of storybook farm life.

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But instead he picked them for their high butter fat content.

Which means that there is hope for brown cows after all.

Their milk is used to make butter.

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Not only that. Brown cows supply cream! As in ICE CREAM.

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And as Julia Child famously quipped. . .

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So it turns out, brown cows might just be worthy of a place in our hearts, if not in our homes and kitsch.

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