Roxy the cow is approximately 15 years old. She was originally rescued by some kind people from a dairy farm. She was then rehomed with her cow friend Katie to a farm not too far from Big Ears. Life was good there, they were loved and cared for. However, the owners were in the process of moving interstate and went over to do some of the unpacking and settling in, leaving the cows unattended. Katie managed to get herself into a yard near the house that only had concrete in it. She became emaciated with no food to eat and Roxy lost her voice from all the mooing she was doing trying to get attention to Katie’s plight.
On pure intuition, Jacqui persuaded Brett to take her to the farm to check on the animals even though they had not be asked to do so. Jacqui just felt it was a long time for the animals to be on their own and had an uneasy feeling. Jacqui’s uneasy feeling proved accurate as Katie was located close to death still stuck in the tank yard with concrete and no water or food. Katie was emaciated with ribs and other bones poking out. Her manure was the size of 20 cent pieces. Roxy was nearby encouraging Jacqui and Brett to free her friend. Once released from the yard Katie drank and ate and reunited herself with Roxy.
Jacqui and Brett contacted the owners to let them know what they found and that they were taking hay and a mineral lick to Katie and would check her daily. The rest is history. The people asked if Big Ears could home Katie and Roxy and they have been here ever since. It was indeed a close call for Katie and a good reminder to people that all animals need to be checked on regularly as you never know what type of mischief or accident they might have.
Nelly has called Big Ears her forever home since 2006 when she arrived at 3 years of age. Nelly was not getting enough attention from her human and some kind neighbours intervened and rehomed her to Big Ears where she can live with others of her kind and get plenty of human attention too.
Nelly passed away on the 12/12/2017. RIP
Blossom is approximately 23 years of age, she was a dairy cow for 14 years, thus she had 14 babies removed from her. She also has her tail broken which is not uncommon in the industry and happens when a farmer/farm hand get angry with the cows and try to get them to do what they want to do. Some dairy cows have their tails cut off because the cows swish their tails when being fitted with the equipment to take their milk. The swishing tail sometimes hits the farmer in the face.
Blossom lives a lovely life now filled with freedom and not having babies and then having them taken off her. Studies have shown cows can grieve for up to 6 months once their calf is removed from them. The calf, if male, will end up slaughtered at a few days of age or be kept as a veal calf and deprived of sunlight and kept in a small cage so that their flesh is tender.