I hope this is not a silly question. Should cows be with other cows? Does anyone else have just one cow? I'm just curious. I have goats and horses and because they are herd animals they do better with more of their own kind. With the exception of my gelding who is perfectly happy without the mare, lol. My cow seems content and likes the attention she gets, but she was with 2 other cows before and I just wondered if it would be better for her to have a "friend". Karen
"Your value doesn't decrease based on someone's inability to see your worth"
In my experience, yes, cows do get lonely. That being said, if you want the cow to bond with you, it is actually best for them to not have a buddy, at least at first. That way, she will see you as being her herd - but make sure that you are "boss cow" in that herd or she'll push you around which is never acceptable.
We have one horse who is blind and she gets to hang out with the calves after they are weaned. She loves it because they like to have her close. She takes a lot of security from being able to touch another animal frequently - our gelding hated it and would bite her when she didn't back off. The calves lick on her sometimes until she's just soaked. But everybody is happy.
My cow is in her own paddock which shares fenceline with the the other animals. I do that to keep her away from suckling calves and so that she is cleaner and nobody can get into her run-in shed which is where I milk her. I just don't need extra mess in there. When she doesn't have a calf on her, my cow can be downright cuddly.
As cattle are herding animals I think it is best for them to have a friend. I don't think it is a requirement but preferable. You could wait and keep a heifer from her and breed them opposite from each other so that when one is dry the other is still lactating.
I have a single Heifer. She does seem somewhat lonely but she certainly thinks I am her buddy cow. I love the attention from her! I am thinking of getting a steer this summer for the freezer and it will give her a buddy for the summer. (and so i watch for signs of heat so we know when to AI her)
Thanks everyone for all the great advice. I have her alone right now. I guess I will see how she does, she seems pretty happy right now, and we are bonding ....I definately don't want to mess that up, she is a delight so far.
Don't allow her to push you around. You go to her to give her love and scritches, she does NOT get to ever rub her head on you. If she does try anything like this, give her a swat on the end of her nose. It is best to have a short stick or even a riding crop to enforce your loud "No!", mostly so you don't hurt your hand. We don't beat our animals, but a swat can enforce your message clearly.
Start now so you won't have re-training to do. There are other threads within the past couple of months talking about attitude issues, go back and read them for more information.
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