Bringing Miss Daisy

For the cow book that I’m writing, I wanted to experience the process of buying a mail-order bride cow (seriously). It involved hiring a trucker, wading through state-by-state animal regulations, vet checks, vaccines, respiratory “flu” shots, TB tests, and yes, purchasing animal transportation insurance. Phew.

I even had to learn how to text because the trucker told me that was the only way he would communicate the details of our rendezvous. Trailer talk. So, when I finally backed my trailer up to his, it was a BIG thumbs-up moment. And then …


and then …


and then …


Miss Daisy!!!


She’d left her home several states away four weeks earlier and had been shuttled around somewhat with stops in between sessions on the road. She was, well, dubious?


Come on, sweetie pie. I have a pasture and organic alfalfa pellets waiting for you.




When I pulled up back home, the girls at the farm came out to meet her.



Come on, pumpkin pie.






It’s been a long ride, but honey pie, pooky pooh, I’m gonna smother you in love and kisses.

Daisy is a year-and-a-half-old miniature Jersey and able to be bred soon. You know the old saying … if you’re old enough to go to the store, you’re old enough to get “bread.”



  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Well, welcome Miss Daisy!@All of us blog followers are so excited to me you. She is quite a pretty girl and will look even better when she gets her official MJF lace halter and a few weeks of some of that fabulous hay and alfalfa pellets. Next Spring will be exciting! By the way, did your other cow finally give birth at the Vet School? Maybe I missed the announcement along the way?

  2. Laurie Dimino says:

    Welcome Home Miss Daisy! Mary Jane- I don’t think she realizes yet how lucky she is to get to live at your farm!! Just give her a little time, and I am sure that she will. Enjoy her. I look forward to hearing/seeing more about her.

  3. CJ Armstrong says:

    What a beautiful girl! Aren’t you glad she’s a miniature and not a “full-size” Jersey?!? Makes me almost want to milk cows again . . . almost, but not quite! Our Longhorns are enough work and they aren’t milk cows!
    Have fun Mary Jane and I know you will!

  4. Kimberly Owens says:

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE her. I had no idea that miniature Jersey cows even existed. My husband and I want a jersey when we get our farm but just don’t think we will be able to have a large cow. This size would be perfect. I make my own butter and wanted to know how much milk they give? Daisy is so sweet. How about your other jersey? Has she had her calf yet? I just want you to know that I love all you do. My husband is a Warden of a prison in Texas and we had to move from East Texas to South Texas on the border of Mexico. I am a farm girl and love to make my own soap, cheese, butter, sew, craft and garden. Because of the move I can’t do some of those things and love reading about then. YOU INSPIRE ME. Thank you for sharing your farm life. I look forward to going back to farm living as soon as I can.

  5. Raynita says:

    Oh, my word! She is precious! Glad she is home safely.

  6. Karla DeLong says:

    Daisy is beautiful! I think she’s going to feel like she has arrived in heaven now that she is on your farm. <3

  7. Nan Roberts says:

    She’s adorable. I want one. Just how miniature is she? She probably isn’t a back yard size, is she? I love brown cows. (And that’s my favorite yogurt, too.)

  8. Karlyne says:

    Oh, my, she’s adorable! My favorite picture is the one with her ears laid back, while you’re trying to convince her that she’ll love this place. And, oh, yes, this is the place you’ll love, Miss Daisy!

  9. Shery says:

    OhMyGosh…she is 10 kinds of pretty. How exciting to have a new butter-cheese & milk maiden.

  10. Beth says:

    Hello pretty miss daisy, hopefully you will soon have a mama baby set to live with. Happy future!

  11. Kathy says:

    She is Beautiful!

  12. Lee-Ann says:

    She is so beautiful !!!!

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