Blooming Camellia!! A phrase heard many times around our farm thanks to the naughty escapades of our red cow, Camellia. Last month I introduced y’all to Abelour (aka Bully) so today I am presenting our red girl Camellia. We acquired Camellia at the auction with her mom TigerLily about 3 years ago. Sadly, TigerLily passed away (you can read her story here).
Camelia was skittish at first but gradually warmed up to us. She is curious about everything – did you know cows are very curious creatures? They always want to know what is going on and will gather into a rubber necking mob whenever there seems to be a stramash of some sort.
I think we spoiled Camellia a little too much as she became the biggest brat on the farm! Her specific talent is busting through fences. The farm ninjas had to repair fence after fence. That’s when the ‘blooming’ in Camellia’s name became an expletive! We lost our first 2 crops of broccoli because she broke into the garden and ate it all. Every once in awhile she still goes on a naughty escapade.
She knows when there are alfalfa cubes in the drink holder of the farm buggy. To this day she can still sniff out food at 100 paces!
Her beautiful solid red color indicates a probable heritage mix of Hereford, Angus and who knows what else! Unlike most range or beef cows Camellia is quite friendly, and will even allow you to pet and feed her by hand (especially when you have food).
Camellia’s mission is to have babies – either bull calves we can raise for meat or little heifer calves who can be bred to produce more calves. Last year (2017) on St Patrick’s Day she had her first calf, a little heifer (girl)! Of course, we named the calf Clover. She went to live on a neighbor’s farm last fall as a gift to the farmer’s granddaughter.
The plan is to slowly build a small herd. We sell the heifer calves and use the money to purchase a cow from a different bloodline who can mate with Abelour; reinvesting in our initial investment!
As you can see from the picture Camellia and Abelour get along famously! Anytime now we expect to see Camellia producing another calf as her belly has grown quite round!
It has been fun to watch Camellia bloom from being a cute little heifer calf to a full grown cow! Just like our blooming Camellia God has some wonderful promises for us to bloom through His love.
The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, even with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the excellence of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the excellency of our God. Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, With the recompense of God; He will come and save you.” Isaiah 35:1-4
I encourage you to look up the rest of Isaiah 35 and speak it over yourself. No matter what season you are in God loves you! He wants you to bloom under His love and grow in intimacy with Him.