Got a Good Name?


Our second (technically our third) calf was born at the end of last week.  We came home late one night from being out at a friend’s house and Hubby took a ride on the quad to check the cow-girls out.  Sure enough, there was a new white faced calf up and nursing.  He said it was dry and looked nice and strong so we went to bed.  It was so big, especially compared to our twin bull calf that we just assumed it was a bull.  We happily went about our business and kept saying to ourselves, “We need to go out there and band (castrate) that boy before he gets too fast.” 


Newbie on the left, Pigpen on the right

So finally, this morning we got our act together and went out while the calves were still sleeping in the early sun.  Hubby caught our newest and was holding him until I got the banding tools together.  I came running back out of the barn only to see that he was peeing out his… her hind end!  Okay, so much for the castration… He’s a she!  As I write this, I wonder how many other people come across things like this — am I a crazy farmer or what?

Anyway, our newest little girl is out of our one non-registered hereford cow, Layla.  She’s small and not the prettiest cow we have but she sure is an excellent mother!  She has taken over the feeding of her own calf plus Pigpen (he and his mama had a rough start and she willingly let Layla take care of him.)

So my question to you is, what shall we name her?  Keep in mind I love feminine old-fashioned type names.  Layla is a good one, we also have a Mattilda and a Little Debbie (not so old fashioned but it went well with Twinky.)  The person who suggested the name I pick will win a little prize.

Thanks for your help!

About mudranch

I live in the country, I love to take photos, I'm a shepherdess, I adore my husband and daughter, I walk in the will of Christ.

Posted on June 2, 2009, in Giveaway, Hereford Cattle. Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. I vote for June. It is simple and old fashion. 🙂

  2. Or maybe she should be Mae as she was born last week. 🙂

  3. I’ve always liked the names Olivia.

  4. Maureen is an old fashion name but in this case in should be

  5. My suggestion is Llewella (lou-EL-la) or Llewellen. It’s old-fashioned, plus gives a nod to her mother (first initial) and the fact that you thought she was a he (Lou).

    • Oooh, those are excellent Michelle! I have a ewe named Lou Ellen and now wished I had spelled it like yours on her papers! Love them though, so unique! 😀

  6. She looks like a ‘he’ to me too! She sure is cute. My suggestion is Rosalie. No reason – it just came to me as names do 🙂

    I had a lamb this year that had huge horn buds at birth and I just assumed she was a he just like her brother. It wasn’t until 3 days later when I saw her peeing like a girl 😉

  7. Laurie Zanni

    She looks like an “Essie” to me (short for Esther!)

  8. I’m loving Ethel, or Mildred. Ohhhhh, I LOVE old fashioned names!!!

  9. She is such a cutie pie. How about one of these names:


    You’re so lucky to live on a farm…one of my dreams.

  10. I quite like the name’s Esmerelda “melda” for short and Euphemia “phemie” for short 🙂

  11. Layanni for mom being such a good mother and because a big girl needs a frilly name

  12. Milicent. For no good reason other than it’s so pretty. 🙂

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