The small screen
sometime spokescow for
by John Troesser
Grandmother Pregnant Again
Doris Jersey the small screen Bovine Diva is with child again. AKA
Belle, sometime spokescow for Bluebell Creameries, Doris refused to
answer questions during our recent visit to the Jersey Barnyard. The
Jersey Barnyard is one of those increasingly hard to find places where
children can go and actually see a working Dairy Farm. Just outside
of La Grange (1.3 miles North on State Hwy 195), this is a lot more
than just a petting zoo. The Frerichs Family also operates Texas Jersey
Specialty Cheeses, just a short drive down Hwy 77 in Schulenburg.
Visit their website at www.texasjersey.com.
Doris is mother to Jinglebelle and Tinkerbelle and is grandmother
to Sleighbelle, Tinkerbelle’s child. It was feared Doris" career
was over when it was found she had posed for a calendar wearing nothing
but her trademark pearls. "I was young and I needed the money",
she reportedly told a reporter.
Even though she’s a single parent, Doris has done a great job as a
mother, says Sarah Busch, farm manager. Doris believes that breast-feeding
strengthens the bond between mother and offspring.
Both daughters have inherited their mother’s fondness for nude sunbathing
and will sometimes borrow their mother’s cinnamon to cover up a blemish
caused by a barbed-wire fence. Jinglebelle seems to have taken an
interest in the opposite sex, judging by a travel poster of the running
of the bulls at Pamploma that hangs in her stall.
Visit soon, there’s no bull in the china shop, but there are cows
(and more) in the gift shop. Surprisingly most of the visitors are
not from the big cities but smaller communities south of I-10. Cattle
Ms. Busch says a high point of last summer was hosting 3 groups of
children from the State School for the Blind. One can only guess what
the cow was thinking when scores of little human hands encountered
leather on the hoof, tilting the bucket to heart the stream of milk.
Ms. Busch has a degree in Dairy Science from the University of Wisconsin.
You were expecting maybe Hawaii?
Staff member Jason was unable to answer questions due to a mouthful
of cookies. I was tempted to ask " Got milk?" But in this
setting I already knew the answer.
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UPDATE: On New Year's Eve we phoned The Jersey Barnyard to check on
Doris' condition. We were delighted to learn she had had a not- so-
little girl the day before. She weighed in at 74 pounds. I guess when
you reach 50 pounds they don't worry about the ounces (or getting
the hoofprints for the babybook). Her name was chosen by contest with
the winning name being Silverbelle. For those who worry about such
things, any male offspring are sold and there's a waiting list. Actually
the boys would be easier to name. Boris, Norris, Morris and Taurus,
The Sons of Doris. Go by and visit soon, it's not easy being a single