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Meet The Cows

Dairy cows are truly some of Gods magnificent creatures.  Though a mature Holstein cow averages 1500 pounds, the animals are generally quite docile and friendly.  There are seven breeds of dairy cattle that come in every shape, size, and color.  The herd at Gods Country Creamery consists of Holsteins (black and white), Jerseys (brown), and Brown Swiss (gray).  

Just as no two cows have the exact same markings, every cow also has a unique temperament and personality (or maybe cowality).  Here at Gods Country Creamery we enjoy and celebrate each cows uniqueness and invite you to get to know a few of the animals.

Come visit us to meet the rest of the herd.


Shauna (3E 92)
Mother: Wellwyn Encore Saundra
Father: Regancrest-MR Drhm Sam
Birthday: April 26, 2006
Breed: Holstein

During my calfhood, I was much like an only child since I was the only calf born on the Bachman farm that year.  At about one year old, I joined the rest of the young stock at the farm.  While I was very comfortable around my Bachman family, I was a little more hesitant around the other bovines.  In fact, I had a mild case of social anxiety.  When the rest of the herd was out to pasture, I was inside eating grain and napping.  When they came in the barn, I went out to pasture.  I became a little more outgoing when I turned two years old and entered the milking herd, but still was quite shy around the other cows and avoided confrontation if at all possible.

 

However, my outlook on life changed after I returned from my first week at the Potter County fair as a milking cow. I continued my mothers legacy as quite the showstopper (read'Tribute to Saudra' to learn about my mother).  There I was awarded Grand Champion Holstein two days in a row.  I was really just a baby in the show ring as I received the honored nod over cows three times my age.  Fair week was not only an extreme boost of confidence for this shy cow, but also a great time of bonding with Hannah Bachman, my owner.  When I got off the truck from the fair and walked into the barn here at home, I felt like a brand new cow.  I walked with my head held high knowing that I was a very special cow.  What helped my confidence even more than the ribbons and trophies, was knowing how happy I had made Hannah.  You should have seen her smile!  Now I dont let the other cows bully me around; I stand up and claim my spot in the herd.  I am Shauna: a champion!

Barbie (VG 85)

Mother: Babbs

Father: Action

Birthday: March 23, 2013

Breed: Jersey

Hello there! Even though I was been born in 2013, my spirit really lives in the 1960sA Flower Child! I love to peace out, man and just relax. A lot of the other cows are all uptight and soooo competitiveI much prefer to just go with the flow. My friends really need to give peace a chancethey are all trying to be the Top cow. Come on man, Peace isnt the Destination, Peace is the Way. It is much more fun to be groovy, then grumpy! I love to look on the peaceful side of everything and dont like to rushRadiate Positive Vibes J I tell my friends all the time and I tell my fansMay every Sunrise hold more promise, and every Sunset hold more peace.

 

 

Tipsy (VG 86)

Mother: Treena

Father: Whiskey

Birthday: March 23, 2013

Breed: Brown Swiss

Phew, it is hard work being the pretty girl around here! Oh greetings to you. You caught me after I have been getting my beauty sleepsomeone has to do it around here, and I have picked myself! It is obviously working tho since I go on road trips to different cow shows and I get to show myself off.  I get all spruced upI get a bath daily, a haircut & style, my toes trimmed and painted, and anything and everything I like to eat. Oh and I get attention all day and NIGHT too! I have to look good when I am being shown to promote the rest of my friends at the Bachmans farm. I dont like to focus on extreme high milk production because my time is best spent looking pretty and getting more beauty sleepduh! (Yawn) Oh, it is nap time!!!

 

 

Jitterbug (VG 87)

Mother: Jive

Father: Shottle

Birthday: June 18,2013

Breed: Holstein

Can you hear it?!? Can you hear the music?!? I can! I come from a long line of music. First my grandma, Jazzshe is such a musical girl. She passed her love of music to her daughter, my mother, Jive. Jive loves to dance especially when she is being milked, and the music has been passed on to ME! I hear it all the time, however, I dont like to show it that muchthe other cows get jealous and annoyed when I let the music out. But sometimes, I just cant control it anymoreand I have to dance up and down the barn! When the music comes over me, I just cant stop it! I enjoy every second of dancing! So listen for the music, and dance when you hear it like no one is watching!

 

 

Treena (VG 88)

Mother: Trixie
Father: Agenda
Birthday: 9/24/09
Breed: Brown Swiss

Howdy ho, there.  I'm so glad you are getting to know us cows. Oh, I hope you get a chance to come visit us here at the creamery.  I LOVE meeting new people.  I really do!  No matter what time of day visitors come, I always come over to the feed bunk to meet them.  Nap time?  No problem, just give me a second to push the sleepy from my eyes and I'll be right over.  Meal time? No problem, food can always wait.  When I was younger, the Bachmans called me Love Bug because of how friendly I am.  Whenever they'd come in my pen, I'd run right over to love on them and get petted.  Well, as the only Brown Swiss representative here on Meet the Cows, I should tell you a little about our wonderful charm.  


We are one of the most docile of all the dairy breeds.  Generally, we are really laid back and enjoy going with the flow.  However, we really like consistency. Don't go changing things up suddenly on us.  Whoa! Don't frustrate the Swiss!

 

 

Shnooki (2E 91)

Mother: Shauna

Father: Pronto

Birthday: 10/24/09

Breed: Holstein

 

I am Shauna's first daughter.  The Bachmans were so happy when I was born since my mommy is their best cow.  I guess you could say I am the heir to the royal throne here at farm.  Princess Shnooki....that is me :) As with all princesses, I am special and need to be treated that way.  I never hurry or hustle.  I do not overexert myself.  Stress does not look good on princesses.  All of the other cows lay with their heads at the front of their stall.  I prefer to back into my stall.  I find this suits royalty better.

 

My arrival to the Bachman farm was quite an exciting story.  First of all, I was born six weeks later than the Bachmans expected.  Mom, of course, knew when I was due but she had a hard time communicating this to the people.

 

The day I was born, Hannah had a volleyball tournament and all the Bachmans were away from the farm.  Mom thought she could deliver me all by herself, but she didn't know I was coming out backwards (most calves are born front feet first, but I came out back feet first).  This is very dangerous for the mommy and baby.  Even though the Bachmans couldn't be there, God watched out for the both of us.  A very nice man named Bryan Morley was at the farm that day doing some welding work and saw that I was coming backwards.  He is a retired dairy farmer and knew just what to do.  Both mom and I came through just fine.

 

And that's the story of the day Princess Shnooki was born.

 

 

Tributes

 

Saundra (2E 90)

Mother: Wellwyn Counselor Satin
Father: Marcrest Encore
Birthday: March 31, 2000
Breed: Holstein

Saundra was queen of the herd here at Gods Country Creamery.  Though at eight years old she was more than twice the age of any of the other cows, dont think this granny was ready to retire to the back forty.  She still produced over 100 pounds of milk every day (that is about 12 gallons of milk per day or 200 glasses) and walked over a mile each day grazing on the hills here at the farm.  When the milking parlor doors open, she could out run any cow in the herd to be first in the parlor.  There was hardly a gate or door on the farm that she couldnt figure out how to open.  In fact she passed on her Houdini skills to both her daughters: Shauna and Sugar. Nobody pushed one over on this granny.

Though she was most at home on the farm, she was no stranger to the show ring and you might say she was some what of a beauty queen in her day.  When she was just a baby calf, she participated in the 4-H lease program.  The program allows kids without cows the opportunity to lease a cow for a 4-H project and show her at various dairy exhibitions around the state.  She was chosen to be leased to a girl named Sarah.  She very much enjoyed working with Sarah and then was returned to her owner, Rachel Bachman, at the end of the show season.  With Rachel, she experienced the height of her showing career being named Grand Champion of various shows.  Now owned by the youngest Bachman, Hannah, she is mostly retired from the show ring.  However, she did attend the county fair this July and was delighted to watch her daughter, Shauna, follow in her footsteps and win Grand Champion. 

Being born in 2000, she was one of the last calves born on the farm before the Bachmans sold the majority of the herd.  Because she came from a very strong cow family, she was one of those chosen to remain in the herd and was the only cow at God's Country Creamery from that original herd.  She was also a member of the small dairy operation run by the three kids.  After the kids stopped milking at the farm, she went to live at a dairy operation in western Pennsylvania.  Though she was treated well there, she seemed so happy the day a truck pulled up to take her back home to the Bachmans.

Unfortunately, Saundra became ill and was laid to rest there on the farm in the fall of 2008.  The Bachmans were all very sad to see her go; her presence is sorely missed.  She added so much spark to chore time and touched so many hearts.  Though she is gone, she continues to live on through her daughters and in the Bachmans' memories.

 

 

Janet (2E 90)

Mother: Miss American Storm Beth
Father: Tri-day Adolph
Breed: Holstein

9/29/05 - 12/12/12

One of the hardest things here at the creamery is saying good-bye to the lovely ladies when they pass away.  Sadly, this year we bid farewell to a very special one.  Every one at the creamery will miss her.  She was Phil's 4-H animal and the mother of many of the other animals he exhibited in recent years. Janet came to live here at Wellwyn Farm when she was just one month old.  Phil and Hannah bought her at the Allegheny-Steuben sale in 2005 and to this day we fondly remember that purchase as the best $850 we ever spent. 

Janet comes from a very good family with 10 Very Good or Excellent grandmothers. In 2007, Janet made her show ring debut as a Fall Yearling.  She was awarded Junior Champion Holstein of the Potter County Open show. 

Following in her footsteps, her daughters went on to win this award for the next four consecutive years.  That year she also "helped" Phil win the senior Master Showman designation.  She was always a bit...uh...spunky in the show ring.

Janet was not a huge fan of all the attention of the show ring and was most at home on the farm.  In her lifetime, Janet produced 94,182 pounds of milk.  That is almost 11,000 gallons!  She also gave us four beautiful daughters: Wellwyn Best Jazz (EX 92), Wellwyn Pronto Josie (EX 90), Wellwyn Dundee Jingles (VG 87), and Wellwyn Dundee Jamaica.  Her granddaughter Wellwyn Lightning Jive (GP 82) is also now part of the milking herd.

We are very blessed to have called Janet part of the herd for the past seven years.

 

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