One of the most frequently asked questions is whether our cows have names. Not only do the cows have names but usually a number of nicknames too. Each year we choose a category and each heifer calf that is born is named according to that category using the first letter of their mother’s name. For instance, this year we are naming our calves after friends in the developing world. In the accompanying photo you’ll see Erin washing Didi who is Dumpling’s calf and is named after Brent’s Bengali “sister” Angela who he calls Didi meaning “older sister.” Naming calves and watching the shared personality traits of each of the families of cows is one of the most fun things we do on our farm. Each year we develop a list of possible names and then as each cow’s due date approaches we have discussions on what name we will give if a heifer is born.