Cows Eating Colorful Corn

There were some ears of Indian corn that didn’t quite make the grade for my mom’s decorating.  What am I supposed to do with those ears?

Colorful Corn

Easy.  Take them out to pasture and holler for the cows (Okay one cow; one ox).

Maxine and MJ

They were happy to volunteer to take them off my hands.  Mom was kind enough to come along because I didn’t think I could feed them and take pictures at the same time.

He just takes the whole ear of corn in his mouth and chomps and chomps until it’s gone.

Maxine also gets a big ear of colorful corn.

MJ’s turn!  He uses that tongue to just pull it out of Mom’s hand.  I must say, his head looks kind of big next to hers.

I think purple is a good color for him.

Maxine was still struggling with that long ear of corn.  Finally I took pity on her and gave her a shorter ear.

I don’t think they grow ears of corn that are too big for him.

Yes, MJ, I’m talking about you.

He’s such a sweet boy, but he’s got a serious slobbering problem.

Mom found Maxine another short ear of corn.  She’s way slower at eating than him.

Much easier to eat! I just love the polka dots on her tongue!

MJ would eat all the corn himself if I let him.  He’s not shy about taking the cobs from her.

He really is a big boy.  Mom might be height challenged, but he’s still huge.

Mom and MJ

Linking to Jenny Matlock’s Alphabe-Thursday where the letter of the week is C.

Linking to You Capture where this week’s theme is fun!

62 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alica
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 14:50:57

    That ox is gigantic!! Looks like they’re loving their treat!

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  2. Mary
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 15:11:41

    Oh what GREAT photos!!! I love the one with the purple husks sticking out of his mouth and that freckled nose (is that the right term?)! That tongue is a sight to behold too :)

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  3. Bev
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 15:56:07

    MJ is one big animal! I love him. Maxine looks dainty next to him. They are just lovely! I think you could saddle train MJ. hee hee

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    • Teresa
      Nov 16, 2011 @ 16:54:54

      MJ is smart. When he was younger, I’d stand on the gate to sit on him, but just as I’d swing my leg over, he’d step aside and leave me on the ground.

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  4. Tracy Cook
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 16:30:56

    fab photos and never knew there was coloured corn

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  5. Nancy
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 16:53:13

    MJ is gorgeous! I love his nose. :)

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  6. EG Wow, Canada
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 17:03:21

    MJ sure is a BIG boy, isn’t he? Wasn’t your mom sweet to share her leftover corn?

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  7. nicoleigh
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 17:05:47

    Really? MJ is an ox? He’s huge!…but doesn’t look like other oxen I have seen.
    I always enjoyed feeding the cattle a few ears of corn on weekends, when we were growing up. But I haven’t done that with the little people yet! I think I might have to take my niece & nephews to feed the cattle next week when we all are at the farm. :)

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    • Teresa
      Nov 16, 2011 @ 17:46:23

      MJ is a 15-year-old steer, which classifies him as an ox. Most steers just don’t live that long. He’s huge because he’s 1/2 Gelbvieh, 1/4 Semital, and 1/4 Chianina. I’m sure the kids would love that!

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  8. Sharon Qualls
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 17:47:04

    Okay, now this is the size that people are talking about when they say “You big ox!” I didn’t realize he was so large until I saw your Mom next to MJ! He is huge!

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  9. Ellen
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 17:53:28

    I was pretty impressed with his size, too. Yikes! Beautiful animals and great photos!

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  10. Vicki
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 19:41:49

    Hmmmm, now I know what to do with my extra Fall decorations! Your mom’s pretty brave:)

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    • Teresa
      Nov 16, 2011 @ 20:21:44

      Actually, when mom went to step close to him, he got worried and stepped away. He would never hurt anyone (as long as he knew they were there).

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  11. Carletta
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 22:28:16

    Mj is a big guy!
    Glad to here he is gentler than one might think. :)

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  12. anita
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 23:11:52

    That was so fun. My goodness, that’s a big boy with a big tongue. He makes your mom look teeny! Great pix.

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  13. Stacia
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 00:27:18

    What a tongue! What an ox! He’s big, but he looks like quite a snuggle-bug. And your mom is very brave. =>

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    • Teresa
      Nov 17, 2011 @ 06:19:44

      He does love his attention. He really wouldn’t hurt anyone. If he didn’t like someone, he’d simply walk away. (That’s what he wants to do when the vets come, but he wouldn’t ever hurt anyone.)

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  14. PJ
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 05:07:44

    These photos are so great, your cows are so cute – I may trade in my 5 dogs for 5 cows of my own! Loved this post!!

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  15. Candy C.
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 05:44:12

    Oh my goodness!! Cows are big enough but that MJ is just huge!! :) Your mom looks like a child standing next to him!

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  16. Autumn
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 07:00:47

    MJ looks more like a super-big teddy bear than he does an ox!

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  17. Amanda
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 08:06:43

    I can’t get over how big he is! Good thing he’s a sweet boy, he could be trouble it’d be impossible to keep him under control!!

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  18. Lola
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 09:45:50

    He is BIG! Great post!

    Have a great weekend too & look forward to *seeing* you again soon.

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  19. farmer
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 10:02:34

    Love the last picture!
    Amazing boy :)

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  20. JDaniel4's Mom
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 11:46:56

    I couldn’t find Indian corn in the store this year. I should have come to your house.

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    • Teresa
      Nov 17, 2011 @ 12:26:24

      It was a horrible year for corn. Most of these didn’t finish filling out is why the cows get to eat them. They don’t care if they are missing a few kernels. :-)

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  21. Sue Anderson
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 11:52:50

    Can’t believe how BIG he (and his head) are.

    Sheesh!

    What a fun thing to see.

    =)

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    • Teresa
      Nov 17, 2011 @ 12:27:42

      I’m so glad you enjoyed your stop. I love to show people that animals aren’t scary when they are raised with love. Okay, I wouldn’t try that with wolves or cougars, but livestock animals are very sweet.

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  22. Karen S.
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 13:30:58

    Oh I just love your cows! My grandfather used to raise these babies! So cool! Brings me back to his place!

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  23. CJ
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 13:38:35

    Wow! Those are some big cows!!! They look so friendly :)

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  24. April
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 00:53:36

    I love your pictures!! Your MJ is so amazingly huge!! I had to show my hubby and will have to show the kids tomorrow after school. So great, and he looks so sweet. I also love your goat eating the baked pumpkin above, I just love goats. Fun posts!

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  25. sandy
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 04:37:25

    Wow, those cows are big! Although I lived in Central Illinois for about 8 years with cow pastures and corn fields all around me I never got so close to the cows.. they scared me in a way and I did know they were sweet animals… your so brave…lol
    Great Story and photos.
    Sandy

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    • Teresa
      Nov 18, 2011 @ 06:12:52

      If they’ve been bottle raised like mine, they are sweeties. Most cows that aren’t tame just want to get away. Of course, if they aren’t tame you have to be cautious because they are probably just as afraid of us.

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  26. Joani
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 07:17:47

    That is one big ox!

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  27. Judie
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 10:51:01

    Teresa, did you save some for the goats? Your cow photos are terrific, but I NEED goat photos!!

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  28. Stillmary
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 13:08:43

    Oh how I love this post. While I was thinking “boy, he has a big head” and scrolling I came to your comment about his big head. The photo of the purple husks dangling from his mouth is epic. This whole post was fun from top to bottom and so, so interesting. I see why you have so many comments!

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  29. Marigold and the Goatmother
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 18:12:13

    That is one seriously large bovine. Oy. I think he could manage the whole jar of Peanuts in one swipe of that giant purple tongue!

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  30. Jen C.
    Nov 19, 2011 @ 20:32:58

    Wow, MJ really is a big boy! Both the corn and your mom look so small when next to him :)

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  31. Jenny Matlock
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 13:59:35

    D’oh. Me.

    I never think of Indian corn as corn, I think of it as decoration!

    Seeing the cows nibbling away on it actually surprised me for a minute and then I smacked myself in the head and called myself a city girl!

    Even though I used to grow this kind of corn to sell.

    Thanks for a cute link for Alphabe-Thursday’s letter “C”.

    A+

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