What's in a name...
Actually, I recognized them first standing together because I saw the view in the following photo....
A beautiful site! Both these cows are recently fresh in August and off to a great start on their lactations.
Above, you can see they both wear ear tags, and on their right rear legs, each wears a numbered leg band, but I saw their udders, and I said to myself, "mom and daughter are here together, and they are lookin' good today!".
You see, there are perks in the job for us cow whisperers...it may look to an observer that we are "just" milking the cows, but really, we are milking AND greeting the cows we care for. We are taking note of the progress we've made with genetic selection, we are taking note of udders...if they are full "enough" or not, we are taking note of an early lameness just by watching how a cow is standing--and so we go on with the rest of our day, being sure to take action on what we saw in the parlor, or in the barns later on.
We know our cows, they know us, we spend alot of time together. Whether cows have names, like many pets have, or a computer number, or both...we know them as well by their faces, their udders, their shape, their color, and so forth. We know their normal manners, and we know when they aren't at the top of their game.
A herd of cows, each one with a name, doesn't mean the cows get better care than cows in another herd of number IDs only. Having an owner like me and the crew of people I hire and train, is what means the cows get excellent care.
Maybe if I had a number beside my name, it would be 3...but I don't...so just call me Sallie : )