Where o where is my Girls swirl??

http://matronofhusbandry.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/a-sure-sign-that-spring-is-just-around-the-corner/

Do you read Matron, she rocks and when it comes to cows, she is a amazing, and yes, you can bet that I have emailed her a comment asking about this very question but I read her post and while I know we are certainly still more into winter, i could not resist going out with Dh and trying to take photos of my own girl..sigh.. now I am very torn, as we appear to be eithe unable to find or she is lacking a very important swirl..

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this is my personal favorite swirl of all, she has a huge one that takes up most of the front of her head, its adorable, she also has one just over the knot on the top of her head, its about half the size.

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This is her back swirl and it looked better in real life then in this photo and yes, her coat needed to be brushed, she has bits of bedding in it..

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I am pleased with her happy lines, its worth noting that she is half limousin, which has a very different coat then most dairy cows., see that dark spot, that’s about as close as she gets to her missing swirl?!

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Pleased with her coat on the flank, well filled out, smooth and thick, she is not shedding yet but neither is anyone else, its winter still here, but if you bush her, she does have loose hairs to come out.

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Now this one was almost impossable for me to get but I assure you when you are almost under your cow, in there, she has a very tight small swirl for the one in front of her bag..

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and I don’t have one for the spot that is missing it, because there was nothing to take, we checked both sides, and even under, nothing with a swirl on it.. very odd.. if I get a answer back and make a change and it does appear after the shed out, I will let you know..

http://dairystar.com/m/Articles.aspx?ArticleID=7037

Now she is showing just a touch of discharge today, its the first day she has shown this but its still interesting to me..

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hmmm.. looks like I will be adding a bit more kelp to her mix..

Here is the reply I got back on her site to my questions and by her answer, I do believe that she came over and looked at my photos.. Thanks as always for the impute! and I can’t tell you how much of a sigh of relief I got at this reply, not just that its that spot, so I can keep track of it, but to get a she looks good means alot to me! I know, I think she looks good, but its so nice to hear it from someone that I admire so much!

JADONTF, that’s what I hoped that readers would look at their cows :)   I think that dark spot on her neck is where the Thymic swirl is, she looks good! It may be that it won’t be as clear until shed gets her summer coat.  My beef cows are have such long hair it’s hard to tell their swirls and whorls very clearly until they start really slicking off.  Herefords are a curly lot :)   If you read Gearld Fry, the adrenal swirl needs to be in front of the shoulders for really high butterfat (translates to good marbling also) or closer to the shoulders.  Also on the udder the back quarters on a high butterfat cow will have butter whorls, in addition to very fine hair on her udder.looked at my photos 🙂

 

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