Adios, Adelaide (For Now)

January 22, 2010 | By | Comments (4)

Adelaide last

Ah, Adelaide.


Rats. Adelaide has a staph infection.

This fuzzy, sweet-faced little Pie Ranch cow, whom we’d hoped to part-own, has an inflammation in her udder that is uncomfortable and lowers her milk production–and has prompted her owners to let her dry up, that is, stop lactating. (Her calf has already been weaned.)

Dede, the cow-keeper at Pie Ranch, apologetically explained that it’s better for Adelaide’s health to treat her this way rather than bombarding her with general antibiotics. Once she’s dry, the affected part of the udder can be treated with a more specific and effective antibiotic.

Ah, Adelaide. She seemed so perfect. For a completely over-the-top Adelaide song by Anberlin, click here. (We’re not really that torn up. It’s just a good song.)

So, no milk for a while. The plan, according to Dede, is to let Adelaide recuperate and then breed her sometime this winter. Cows gestate for as long as women do, so around 9 months after hooking up with a bull–whenever that might be–Adelaide will have her calf…and Team Cow will have its milk.

Actually, we may have it sooner. We’re investigating some options.

In the meantime, if you know a cow who wouldn’t mind an extra owner, let us know!



  1. Margo True

    Actually, we’re thinking about finding goats at this very moment. Not to stable at Sunset (although it would be very fun, it would be a job in itself) but to part-own and go visit (and milk, of course). I love your SUV goat suggestion!

    April 1, 2010 at 4:12 am
  2. Angela

    Have you considered having a goat instead of a cow? They eat less, poop less, the milk’s helpful to people who have certain allergies (becauses the fat’s pretty-well broken up), and, to me, it doesn’t taste significantly different than cow milk. AND, if you’re going camping, you can load you goat into your SUV for fresh milk everywhere you go! What a deal!

    March 18, 2010 at 8:01 pm
  3. K Dilley

    I’ve met Adelaide and she’s such a sweet heart! Glad she’s getting taken care of!

    March 1, 2010 at 9:46 pm
  4. buy r4 dsi

    oh that cow looks so innocent and it make me sad to hear health about Adelaide.I have also checked that song which you have given..Thanks for this post..

    January 29, 2010 at 12:17 pm

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