The story is several weeks old, but the “fluffy cows” are still just as cute. Apparently when a cow is fully, properly groomed for show, as in 4-H, this can be the result. Big surprise to yours truly, a city girl.
My first thought was it was either a breed of cattle I’d never seen before, or the picture was photoshopped. Evidently neither is true; it’s all grooming. It’s a seasonal thing, however, made possible by the cows’ longer winter coats.
The cattle are owned by Phil and Matt Lautner of Adel, Iowa. They drew so much attention on Reddit and Twitter that the Lautners set up a Facebook page, Fluffy Cows R Us.
How 4-H kids can raise and show their animals for a couple of years and then sell them for slaughter, I don’t know. I’d have made house pets of them before all was said and done.
Texas Tornado, however, is safe. He’s a bull, busily producing semen for the Lautners to sell.
- Fluffy Cows: Old Beauty Practice Gains Attention (kcrg.com)
- Fluffy Cows – Models of the Bovine World (odditycentral.com)
- Genetics & Fluffy Cows (slowmoneyfarm.wordpress.com)