It started out as a mood lifter-
This naming of calves done by my sister
Now, the excitement is growing twofold
These heifers are calving-a sight to behold.

We have a long tradition-
We name calves with a mission.
You must use the first letter of the dam
This is serious business, not a sham.

Back in the day we had a family with M
Moola, Megabucks, twins Mitze and Midge-lots of them.
Easy to remember with our naming trick
My brain pulls up their images quick

I’ve learned these new heifers as they come along
Names to a face, I’m seldom wrong
It has improved my memory of the herd
And secures my status as a cow nerd

Aerosmith aborted, then jumped a wall
Pepito, perhaps the shortest of all
Harper and Eleanor, tall and grand
Bronwyn, a nut, can’t be calm and stand

Ruby and Nora-so beautiful and white
Aztec and Colette-black as night
Stella, Lizette, Belinda-stout little gals
Hedy, Marcella, Miriam-bovine pals

Revlon, her mascara on 24/7
Giselle, a frame sent from Holstein heaven
Fern and Idgie-full of vigor and vim
Preemies that were kept on a whim

Sweet Pea is not even close to sweet
Bianca, a brute, has gate leaping feet
Watson looks regal, head held high
Cruella’s white eyebrows-give the evil eye

Sassafras freshened and on grew her line-
Sarsaparilla her name, perfectly divine
Ireland had Israel, a clever fit
Comanche had Cherokee; we name with wit
Named for weather, for birthdays, for seasons-
Kids pick out names with seemingly no reasons
Love Cheek, Bubblegum, Sparkles, and Oatmeal-
Getting to pick names is a fairly big deal.

Names for events, for important leaders,
The Olympic team, book characters-we’re a bunch of readers
Sesame Street, cereal flavors, the cast of Friends
Candy treats, car club nicknames; the fun never ends!

New heifer calves grow into their names-
Dumbo and Leprechaun, with their already large frames
Cecelia; lovely, petite, feisty-all three
After my great-grandma, fits her to a tee.

On we continue to name each new girl,
The thrill in the naming keeps us in a whirl.
The smiles that are granted by this little venture
Have more than once been a bad mood quencher.
    Jacqui and her family milk 800 cows and run 1,200 acres of crops in the northeastern corner of Vernon County, Wis. Her children, Ira (12), Dane (10), Henry (5) and Cora (toddler), help her on the farm while her husband, Keith, works on a grain farm. If she’s not in the barn, she’s probably in the kitchen, trailing after little ones, or sharing her passion of reading with someone. Her life is best described as organized chaos – and if it wasn’t, she’d be bored.