Walking The Cow

The cows I wanted:



I've been working with UF's bovine geneticist to document the wild Florida cracker cattle that live out on Payne's Prairie. Originally feral brush cattle descended from the stock brought over by the Spaniards in the 1600s, UF has been working with the State Department of Environmental Protection to breed the cattle back to more closely resemble the wild cattle pictured in documents from the 1800s. Although the park rangers consider them to be more dangerous than the alligators in their wild state, they can be domesticated quite nicely in spite of their appearance.

The cows I actually have:



Belted Galloways. Look like muppets, actually are meaner than a rattlesnake. Janet will no longer go into the pasture alone with them around, and they've tried their best to trample all of the dogs.