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Billy, Wubbzy’s little Protégé

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**Wubbzy, full grown and one mean old bull**

So you might be wondering, whatever happened to Wow Wow Wubbzy, Wubbzy, Wubbzy Wow Wow, the smallest calf with the longest name. Wubbzy was actually quite the popular calf back in his prime, and even rose to celebrity status when the creator or the real Wow Wow Wubbzy show took notice last year.

Wow Wow Wubbzy was our farm pet, and he even went to the county fair. Even though he didn’t win at the fair, he was still immensely popular with everyone who visited him there.

These days Wubbzy has outgrown his cuteness, and is really quite mean. He is fully grown now, and very ferocious. I try to avoid his pen these days.

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**Did I mention mean.. Watch out!**

The good news is that there is another little Jersey bull that has taken attempted to take Wubbzy’s place. Billy is a little bull that my youngest sister has made her pet.

Billy

**Billy, he kind of looks like Wubbzy**

Billy was signed up to go to the fair this year, but he couldn’t go this year. Billy just had too much ringworm. It was really quite unfortunate. On the upside, Billy has gotten rid of his ringworm, and has healthy skin. He didn’t even need to use Proactive Solution 😉

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**Billy, earlier this year. The gray patch is his ringworm**

**Having fun with Billy**

Unfortunately Billy will also grow-up, and that’s a fact will probably be the most difficult thing for my sister. In the meantime, she’s having a lot of fun with him while he grows to be as big and strong as Wow Wow Wubbzy.

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**Billy, growing just as fast a Wubbzy did**

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Chase our Border Collie, an invaluable worker at the dairy

There is always a lot of work to do on the farm. So to help with all the work we got a new dog to help us herd the cows. Border collies are extremely intelligent dogs that really are born to herd animals. It’s in their DNA, and they can’t help but herd things around.

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**Ace, training calves how to walk with the halter**

Our first border collie was named Ace and was probably one of the best dogs ever that we have had on our dairy. He never spent a lot of time lying around, but was continually searching for work to do on the dairy. He was very energetic!

He would disappear at night only to find out that he was busy helping the some of our employees herd the cows to the milk barn. During the day, he would help anyone herding cows or calves. Once he finished helping you though, he would listen to see if he could hear anyone else herding the animals and quickly rush off to help them. Ace definitely loved his job here at the dairy.

The great thing about Ace was that he was very gentle with the cows. He never rushed up to the cows, and tried to bite them. He herded the cows, but made sure that they were never under any sort of stress and that’s very important. Happy cows give more milk so we want them to be comfortable and stress free.

Border collies are great herders. If you live in the city where there is nothing for your border collie to herd, they will improvise because they have loads of energy to expend. They begin to herd cats, people, or anything that moves really. They have a lot of energy so it’s really quite unfortunate if they don’t have any opportunities to work. The Wall Street Journal had a great article and video about Border Collies a few months ago.

http://online.wsj.com/video/border-collies-born-to-herd/2EC6DD8E-F01A-4AC7-B14A-24BED2B047C9.html

Some people think that you can train any dog to herd animals, but you really can’t. Some dogs just cannot learn how to herd animals. I think it’s born into them, just like some people are better herdsman than others.

My uncle tried to train a German Sheppard to herd some of our young stock, but it really hasn’t worked. German Sheppard’s are just not born herders, they are watch dogs. When herding the cows, the dog just narrows his focus to one of the animals and pursues that one animal while neglecting the rest of the herd. As you can imagine this causes chaos and constant scolding’s from his master. The dog cannot help it though; it’s just not in the dog to herd animals. I don’t think there is anything you can do to change that, it’s just the nature of things.

Ace our Border collie was a pretty great cow dog though. Unfortunately one Sunday, someone picked him up and stole him. Apparently trained cow dogs are very valuable to some people. We keep hoping he will turn up.

Chase

**Chase, the new puppy**

Chase driving

**Chase ready for a tour of the dairy, a dog with many skills- he drives too**

So a few weeks ago, we got a new Border collie who we named Chase. We only hope that he is as good a dog as Ace was. Chase is still a puppy though so still learning to herd cows. We think he is coming along though. He already herds all of our cats around the house. Chase will be a great addition to the dairy and an invaluable worker to help us on the farm.

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**Chase meets the cows**

Chase 2

**He meets the baby calves too. The Calf- “huh, what are you”**

Chase 3

**Enjoying a drink after his extensive tour of the dairy**

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Easter, and the California State Show

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**Cottonball our new bunny rabbit**

Easter has arrived at last, another reminder that spring has arrived! Cottonball was a friendly addition and helped us celebrate the holiday.

This past week, my family has been busy showing some of our animals at the California State Dairy Show. The show was very intense, but our animals did pretty well in the contest. One of our Red and White Holsteins won her class!

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**Cali chillaxing at the show**

All the cows arrive to the fairgrounds early in the week so they can recover from their journey to the show and get familiar with their new surroundings. By allowing arriving early and resting from the journey, the cows look their best by show time! The California State dairy show is the largest dairy show in California where the best of the best come and compete.

Cali, our red and white heifer, was just one of the heifers we showed at the show. She is a pretty calm heifer and was quite happy to be attending the show. She is just a natural beauty queen! 

**Cali entertaining herself**

Cali was pretty calm the entire show, and loved all the attention. Life at the show was easy for her. Clean bedding, a cool barn, and food delivered straight to her. Definitely a life of luxury.

**My brother showing Cali**

My brother got to show a few of the heifers in the show ring. The above picture shows Cali in the ring competing against other Holstein cows from all around California. Cali is pretty serious in the show ring.

**My sister showing Cali**

My sister also got to show Cali off in the show ring. Look how alert Cali is in the ring. She puts on a pretty exciting show.

**Picture time after winning her class**

Cali ended up winning her class at the show. The winners got to take their pictures which is a special honor! In the picture above the photographers are setting Cali up so she can look her best in the picture.

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**The prize**

After all the hard work of showing, this is a pretty satisfying reward! Cali is officially one of the top Red and White Holsteins in California

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A Little Moo

On our dairy, we have a lot of little baby calves. My sisters love to play with them. They captured this little Jersey calf playing around. It’s pretty awesome! She jumps around, and lets out a little moo

 

Baby Jersey Lets out a Little Moo

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Wubbzy the Calf Draws Attention of Actual Wubbzy Cartoon Creator

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This happened awhile ago, but I thought I would bring it to everyone’s attention. As we all know, Wow Wow Wubbzy Wubbzy Wubbzy Wow Wow the calf is quickly becoming increasingly popular, and is quickly rising to stardom. Wubbzy’s celebrity presence has easily converted a large following among the masses. And rightly so, I might add, noting he is probably the most charismatic calf you’ll ever meet.

Wubbzy’s stardom is actually becoming so great that he attracted the attention of the actual creator of Wow Wow Wubbzy. Bob Boyle, the creator of Wow Wow Wubbzy, commented on the first blog posting about Wubbzy the calf.

To be perfectly honest I was a bit skeptical at first to the authenticity of the claim until I clicked on his name which brought me to his blog. The blog of Bob Boyle is actually pretty cool, and the work that he does is inspiring. Browsing though his blog, you can tell that Mr. Boyle is no lazy cartoon creator; he actually visits schools and talks frequently with actual kids. Working with kids is very admirable, but helping them to be creative and inspiring them is even more admirable!

Here is what Mr. Boyle commented on the posting about Wubbzy:

“As the creator of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, I have to say that your calves’ name is awesome!” “He sounds like a scrappy fella. I’d like to meet the little guy sometime!”

The sheer randomness of Bob Boyle’s visit to Crazy Moos was pretty awesome so I thought I would point this out. It’s pretty cool! So Bob Boyle, if you do read this posting, know that you can visit our dairy anytime to meet Wubbzy (note though that he has grown quite a bit though so he’s not really that scrappy fella he used to be :). Just let me know when you’re in Northern California!

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Meet the Other Dairy Pets!

Just like any other farm or dairy, cats plague our dairy. The cats have a job at the dairy, to help keep the mice population at bay, at least the ones that eat mice. Most of the cats have a pretty easy life on the dairy since there’s a lot of easy food. So keeping mice at bay is not always a priority for them.

The cat population on our dairy has been exploding. Our cat family started out when some friends wanted to give away some of their cats. We happily accepted, and it’s been pretty interesting since then.

We started with Tigger, Montague (AKA Monty), Oliver (AKA Lollipop), Snuggles, and Rosie. Then two of them got together and now we also have Scooter, Mickey, Miney (AKA Nancy), Nugget and Smudge. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were more later.

We have so many pictures of these cats I thought I’d post some pictures of them.

Rusty and Ace are our 2 dogs. Rusty is the German Sheppard, who at this point is over 10 years old, named because he is pretty rusty looking. Rusty likes to keep Ace in line. Ace, the black and white one, is the herding dog and is named because we picked him up for free at an Ace Hardware store for free. He is a pretty energetic dog with hobbies including herding cows, feeding baby calves, and halting calves.

The following are a few pictures: (most are of Smudge and Scooter)

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Wow Wow Wubbzy Goes to the County Fair

In previous posts, I mentioned that every year our family takes a few cows to the local county fair. The fair, while fun, takes a lot of preparation. It’s essentially a beauty pageant for the cows, and they are judged according to how they look. The kids showing have a direct influence on how the cows look, so if you want to win with your cow, you must work hard to help clean her up.

Washing, clipping hair, scrubbing toenails, and fluffing the tail is just some of the work that needs to be done. Fair time definitely means a time of excessive luxury for the cows.

Wow Wow Wubbzy Wubbzy Wubbzy Wow Wow went to the fair this year. Wubbzy’s growth was stunted when he was just a small calf, so he never grew very big. Usually the bigger the calf is the higher chance of winning the show so we urged my sister not to take him. But how could you not want to take Wubbzy!

Wubbzy was probably one of the smallest calves at the fair. But even though he was small in stature, Wubbzy was enormous in personality. You couldn’t find a more popular calf with the ladies.

Wubbzy had loads of fun at the fair, and my little brother couldn’t help but show Wubbzy around all over the fairgrounds. My little bro took Wubbzy around showing him off.

When it came time for the show, Wubbzy was the calmest calf there. Unfortunately Wubbzy didn’t win, he lost like we all expected. But Wubbzy didn’t care. I think he just likes to think he was a winner from the other end!

Here are some of the pictures from the fair!

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Rebellious Wubbzy, suppressor of the dull routine!

Wow Wow Wubbzy Wubbzy Wubbzy Wow Wow has been one of the main focuses of this blog so far, mainly because of his movie star like status! Wubbzy is kind of a rebel, and doesn’t think rules apply to him. He’s just a BA that’s why!

As mentioned before, Wubbzy isn’t very big, especially considering his age. His small size has really in a way empowered him to be a rebel. Yesterday I found him just wandering around the dairy. We don’t allow cows to wander aimlessly around the dairy for basic safety reasons. For example, they could wander out onto the road and be hit by a car. That would not be good.

But Wubbzy makes his own rules! Wubbzy is so small; he simply walks under gates, or slips through the man holes in the fence that are made for people. Wubbzy’s main goal to wandering is usually finding better food.

Wubbzy keeps things interesting on the dairy. Even though he’s a rebel and doesn’t follow the rules, Wubbzy’s rebellious nature definitely keeps things exciting, and keeps us from falling into dull routines. The following is a picture of Wubbzy wandering around the dairy.

(Random Fact: It rained and it’s the end of June, that never happens in California. See in the picture it looks like winter)

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Wubbzy, An Example Dairies Care!

Even though there are many animals on our dairy, my little sisters still manage to make them all pets. Wow Wow Wubbzy, Wubbzy Wubbzy Wow Wow (yes, that’s his full name!) is probably one of the smallest little calves on the dairy with the longest name.

I’ll first explain how Wubbzy got his ridiculously long name. If you watch Nickelodeon Jr., there is a cartoon called Wow Wow Wubbzy. There is a whole song about Wubbzy, and my sisters seem to think calf Wubbzy and cartoon Wubbzy look the same… I still don’t see it.

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As I mentioned in my previous post, baby calves have very weak immune systems when they are born, but gradually get stronger with age. Unfortunately Wubbzy got very sick as a small calf, and nearly died. My sister was able to give him an enormous amount of intense care and he miraculously managed to pull out of his illness. Wubbzy somehow worked his way into celebrity status, all the girls on our dairy love him!! 

Because he was so sick for his first few weeks of life, Wubbzy’s growth was severely stunted. Wubbzy was easily one of the smallest in his age group! Of course it didn’t help that he was a Jersey calf. (Jerseys are a breed of dairy cows that are typically smaller than Holstein cows, another dairy breed). Besides being so small, Wubbzy is quite healthy now and growing faster than ever. Wubbzy also has been recruited by my sister to go to the local county fair!

I managed to capture Wubbzy on my Iphone the other day. Wubbzy is the little brown calf who is devouring his lunch. He has a pretty big appetite..

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About Crazy Moos

Welcome to the Crazy Moos blog! Crazy Moos is a play on words, basically trying to create a fun environment (crazy) for dairy news (moos). The overall goal of this blog is to communicate “moosworthy information” (newsworthy information) about the dairy industry and important happening on the dairy farm. Hopefully this blog will help people learn about various aspects of the dairy industry and what happens on the dairy farm. Visit regularly for new blog postings!

About Me

I am a 3rd generation dairyman in California, and our dairy farm really is a reflection of the American dream. My grandfather came to America from Europe after World War II in search of greater opportunities, and a safer place to raise a family. He came to America with hardly anything except his exceptional appreciation for hard work. My grandpa after a few years was able to start his own dairy farm and start producing high quality, nutritious milk. In the 70’s, he moved the operation to a more remote area (our current location), and started growing the herd.

Today, I am actively taking part in the farms daily responsibilities. I’m well qualified to be in the dairy industry, and consider myself pretty knowledgeable about the dairy industry having just graduating college with a degrees in dairy science, and dairy processing.

Many people today believe that the dairy industry has been taken over by large corporate farms, but a recent study done shows that most dairies are family owned. In fact, 99% of dairy farms in California are family owned and operated. My whole family is involved on the dairy. My sisters are caretakers of the baby calves, and we guys take care of the cows. There are eight kids in our family, so the dairy is definitely a family affair!

Milk is one of the world’s most nutritious natural products. So many people today are forgetting that milk is filled with many different nutrients, all combined to work in synergy together to maximize the body’s absorption of these nutrients. It’s the perfect blend of nutrients, in nature’s most natural product.

Milk, it’s a natural product, that’s naturally good for you!

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