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Bos Taurus bossing

Monday, 13 August, 2018

The genus of wild and domestic cattle is called Bos, from the Latin bōs: cow, ox, bull. Arguably, the best known Bos Taurus breed is the black Angus from Scotland.

Bos Taurus

The Black Angus Bull

Out there in the paddock I hear the black bull
He never stops bellowing when the moon is full
I wonder does the moon affect him in some strange way
For I’ve never heard him bellow in the light of the day
The full moon does affect people ’tis said
It has an unsettling effect in the head
And if a mental weakness in humans the full moon can find
Why not it too affect the animal kind
He has his herd of cows with him yet I do wonder why
He bellows all night when the moon’s in the sky
During the hours of day he is always so quiet
And I’ve never heard him bellow on a dark night
But he never stops bellowing when the moon is full
Out there in the paddock the black Angus bull.

Francis Duggan


The Wisdom of Galty

Monday, 2 January, 2017 0 Comments

At 85, he has distilled a life’s wisdom into rustic aphorisms. “Cats are cleverer than dogs,” he says. “You can’t get cats to follow cattle.” And every cattle herder and sheepdog owner would agree.

Galty


Countless curious cows

Tuesday, 19 June, 2012

“To country people Cows are mild, And flee from any stick they throw; But I’m a timid town bred child, And all the cattle seem to know.” T.S. Eliot

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Dolcorsllwyn Fabio and the fable of the humble farmer

Tuesday, 21 February, 2012

The Irish expression “to put on the poor mouth” (an béal bocht a chur ort), refers to the practice, often associated with small farmers, of inflating life’s hardships to evoke compassion, charity, the restraint of creditors and the generosity of state agencies. An Béal Bocht (The Poor Mouth) is a surreal, hilarious and mesmerizing novel […]

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