|THE PRODUCER - The business end of cow #4066 at DeBoer Dairy in
Tulare. In 1995 she produced over 40,000 pounds of milk, making
her the Dairy Queen of the county. That is enough milk, from
one udder, to fill a tanker truck.
The folks at the dairy didn't
know what to make of it when we asked if I could photograph their
cow, then proceeded to set up a white background in a stall for
the shoot. Good thing they gave #4066 a bath first as she didn't
stay clean for long. Spend any time around cows and you'll find
that they can't go 10 minutes without making fertilizer. A vet
was there and I asked him to hold the cow still so I could take
a picture of its udders...the look on his face was priceless.
#4066 didn't help the situation as she kept trying to move away
from me. I guess I moved too quickly and startled her at one
point. She responded by stomping on a pile of manure which sent
the debris flying about the stall and on to me. I figured "good
thing I wear cotton" and returned to the shoot but when
I looked through the viewfinder all I saw was green...a circle
of manure the size of a silver dollar had landed on the front
element of my lens. Can you say bullseye?