On Oct. 11, the children involved in the Terrific Tuesdays after-school program, a collaboration between the Hosing Authority of Cadiz and Trigg County Schools, took a field trip out to Steve Herndon’s zebu farm. Zebu cattle are among the oldest cow breeds in the world, according to Herndon’s Web site, Zebucows.com. They are naturally small, with a full grown adult measuring slightly more than knee height. They are native to India and besides being so small, are unusual-looking because of the large humps on their backs.
Because they are so small, Herndon said, it only takes about a third of the amount of land it would take to raise the same number of regular-sized cattle. They are generally raised and sold as pets. Herndon said that his farm of 75 zebu cows is the largest in the country. His uncle, Bob Bridges, had an even larger farm of 250 in Florida, which Herndon said he began working on in 2000 before moving back to Trigg County in 2005 and starting his own farm.
The group’s outing began with the children walking out into the field and petting several of the small cows. They then climbed onto a platform hitched to the back of Herndon’s tractor for a hayride, where he showed them the rest of the farm. After circling the area, a couple of zebus came over to the edge of a fence where each of the children were allowed to feed them.
Of course, the kids were full of questions.
“Why did you keep the older ones separated from the younger ones?” one boy asked Herndon.
“Because the older ones don’t like the younger ones,” he said. “They push them and be mean to them.”
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