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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.

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**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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Crazy Moo’s Top Posts of 2010

Well 2010 is officially over, and I leaned a few things blogging about dairy last year. The top posting indicate what people are interested in learning about. To be honest, I was a bit surprised to find out so many people were interested in learning if there is antibiotics in their milk. Before I wrote the posting, I just assumed it was common knowledge that there are no antibiotics in milk.

WordPress supplied me with some interesting year end numbers:

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,900 times in 2010. That’s about 9 full 747s. In 2010, you wrote 28 new posts, not bad for the first year! You uploaded 166 pictures, taking up a total of 26mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

Your busiest day of the year was July 12th with 152 views. The most popular post that day was Antibiotics in my Milk?.

The following are Crazy Moo’s top postings of 2010!

1 – Antibiotics in my Milk?

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The top Crazy Moos posting of 2010 was Antibiotics in my Milk? This posting sought to explain how antibiotics are used on the dairy farm, how cows treated with antibiotics are separated from the rest of the herd, and that it is illegal for antibiotics to be in our milk. If we ship milk from our dairy farm that has traces of antibiotics, our farm is severely penalized. If it happens more than 3 times, our license to produce milk is taken away. 

I was a bit surprised after doing a quick Google search on the topic. There are many sources of misinformation. In fact, I think the truth on this topic is not very prevalent on the web. I hope more dairy producers write more on the internet about how antibiotics are used on their operations, and how antibiotics can be used responsibly and keep them out of the milk. This posting comes to the top 10 search results if you Google the question, “Are there Antibiotics in my Milk?”

2 – Baby Calf Care on the Dairy

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The next most popular posting was Baby Calf Care on the Dairy. This posting sought to educate people about how we take care of the baby calves on the dairy farm. We treat these babies with the most care we can give because they are the farms future. If you don’t treat calves well, your operation will not be successful in the long run. Along with some good information, this posting also provided an array of cute pictures. Go read it if you haven’t read it yet!

3 – Wubbzy, An Example Dairies Care!

This was on of my first postings that became viral early on. Wow Wow Wubbzy, Wubbzy Wubbzy Wow Wow, the small calf with a horribly long name. This posting remained the top post for many months. After reading the posting, be sure to watch the YouTube clip of Wubbzy of the little guy eating. I only wish I captured more video when he was little! Now he is over a year old and much much bigger.

This posting led to a few other posts about Wubbzy:

Wow Wow Wubbzy goes to the County Fair

Rebellious Wubbzy, Suppressor of the Dull Routine!

Wubbzy the Calf Draws Attention of Actual Wubbzy Cartoon Creator

These are some great reads, so go read them if you haven’t yet!

4 – The U.S. Dairy Industry: On a Mission to Feed the World!

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Global exports of dairy products are exploding! As developing countries grow wealthier, they begin demanding higher quality food sources. Dairy is one of the first food products countries demand noting it is a great source of protein, calcium, and other beneficial nutrients. So it really does make sense that countries are demanding dairy products.

This makes it a great time to be in the dairy industry. The U.S. dairy industry is at the forefront of milk and dairy production. We know how to produce product. This growing demand overseas gives us the opportunity to feed a hungry world. This is what makes me optimistic about the dairy industry.  Read this blog to find out how the U.S. dairy industry is feeding the world!

5 – Keeping Cows Comfortable is a Dairies Number 1 Priority!

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This was my first blog posting, and relates the incident that really spurred the creation of this blog. Dairymen take care of cows, and don’t want to harm them in any way. In fact, hurting cows is only detrimental to the financial health of the business. Comfortable cows give more milk than uncomfortable cows. It’s a proven fact!

 

I hope you enjoyed the Crazy Moo postings of 2010, and hopefully 2011 will bring some great new posting so stay tuned!

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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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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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Getting Ready for the Local County Fair!

Getting ready for the local county fair is always fun, but a lot of work goes into getting the cows and calves ready for the fair. The county fair gives the local community an excellent opportunity to meet local dairy families, and learn more about dairy farms. It’s actually very exciting to help teach people about cows so don’t hesitate to ask questions when you visit!

Fair preparation can be pretty intense. This year we brought 14 cows, calves, and bulls to the fair. Before going to the show, we spent about a whole week getting ready.

All the cows and calves before they can go must get a haircut. Its summertime so they don’t mind losing their extra hair. But it does take awhile to shave each one. The only drawback about shaving is probably getting itchy, you get hair all over.

Shaving the cows and calves is really like sculpting, because the way they are shaved ultimately affects how they will look on show day. The judge who judges the contests is very particular on how they look. It’s like a beauty contest, and the best looking one wins. So really when your shaving, you are trying to hide flaws, and highlight their good qualities.

Every day the cows and calves get to take showers to get clean. Washing the cows and calves makes them shine and look amazing.

There are also many other tricks to make them look perfect. Some are scrubbing toenails, poofing their tail hair, brushing their hair, and cleaning wax and dirt out of their ears. I don’t think many people understand how much work actually goes into getting the cows and calves ready for the fair. But if you do a good job getting the cows and calves ready, it definitely increases their chances on winning the show.

Wow Wow Wubbzy, Wubbzy Wubbzy Wow Wow got his first haircut the other day. I think he enjoyed it actually. I think my sisters had a blast getting him ready. I actually felt sorry for him, all those girls giving him a makeover. Wubbzy wasn’t the only the only one though… Wubbzy’s friend Mavis also suffered the same fate and got an extreme makeover as well. The following picture is Wubbzy (Left) and Mavis (Right). 

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Wubbzy after getting shaved, he was exhausted!!

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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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