Unwilling Cow

Genes passed along through species or The Case of the Unwilling Cow

One of Ralph Mayo’s cows stopped giving milk, so he sold her to the slaughter house and began looking for a new one. He had heard that there was some good stock out in Ohio, so he inquired through the dairymen’s monthly magazine. He read about one cow that came highly recommended and that was giving good milk on a farm, sure enough, out in Ohio. He sent for her and put her in his barn.

What is wrong with this picture? Ethel (Gibson) Mayo

As advertised, she gave good quantities of milk daily and seemed to be working out very nicely. She did so well that the Ralph decided to breed her and perhaps get some more cows as productive as this one. Well, he called up fellow dairyman Jeb Taylor and asked him to bring over his bull. The cow wouldn’t have anything to do with the bull. Each time the bull came up behind her, she’d move forward from his advances.

Even if the bull approached from the front, she’d move back away from him somehow. After several more tries, all unsuccessful, then Ralph decided to call in the local vet, Jake Doughty.

Jake gave the cow a good going over, was satisfied that she was definitely “bulling” (in season), then stood back and pondered the situation. “Did you buy this cow from Ohio?” queried Jake. “Well, as a matter of fact, I did. But how did you come to suspect that?” asked Ralph, a bit confused. “It was easy,” said Jake. “You see, my wife comes from Ohio.”

Sam Sherman