Isabelle has gotten more attention than most bovines. I don’t mean cool hose baths on hot days, vigorous brushing, walks outside the pasture gate, or being hand fed apples and carrots (although she gets this attention too).
No, I mean that Isabelle inspires publicity. An article about how she taught her overly confident keepers plenty of humbling animal husbandry lessons appeared in Grit a few years ago. An article about her bucolic existence, especially compared to most cattle, appeared in Culinate last year. My daughter, the real cattle wrangler here, wrote her college entrance essay about what tending a cow taught her and still writes about Isabelle on farming boards. And Isabelle is often pictured when I blog about haying, respect for animals, and other ruminations. (Hah, ruminating about ruminants.)
Now Isabelle is a cover girl. She’s featured on the cover of the Jeffers Livestock catalog. This company came out with a lightweight fly mask to keep insects from a cow’s eyes. My daughter took a photo of Isabelle gratefully wearing her new, zebra-style mask and that photo won the Jeffers contest. Isabelle can be seen in the print and online version of the company catalog, calm as ever. After all, she’s used to the buzz. (Hah, and buzzing flies.)