Fear drives me. Will I ever publish another book? If I fall will the cows trample me? Why do I get distracted so easily? I shake my head to get rid of the thoughts. My friend Marcel is walking next to me. He surprised me with his knowledge. Marcel knows the cows he milks. He identifies sickness or injuries, he practices the right treatment, he feeds the cows, helps give birth and so much more.
Cows are very gentle and curious creatures, and they are very huggable! I tried to jot down what I would have to photograph to complete the series about dairy farms, but I stopped writing when the list grew longer than my A4-paper could handle.
The photo series about the dairy farm isn’t anywhere near complete. I think I will have to go at it another year. Or maybe two. And that’s fine. I hope the photos show you a bit more about the life of a dairy farmer!
Awesome cow facts (list provided by Marcel):
- the heartbeat of cows is best felt underneath their chin
- cows have four stomachs
- to produce one liter of milk, 400 liters of blood of to flow through their udder
- the oldest cow according to the guinessbook of record was the Irish cow Bertha, she turned 48
Interested in other Farmers and Growers Loes Heerink follows for this project? Check out the project page! Loes is currently in contact with loads more farmers and growers to also include in the project. It takes some time because Loes visits all the participants multiple times throughout the year. But a patient mind, can get pretty far!