Dermot's Cows

February 13, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

A glimpse into farming life 

Cheeky Calf 1 - 2:3Cheeky Calf 1 - 2:3 I recently had the pleasure of being invited to photograph Dermot Hilliard and his herd of cows at Farm Fresh, Co Meath. It was clear from the outset that Dermot is very proud of his herd and takes extremely great care of them. And what a bunch they are! Plenty of characters in the mix.

I was greeted with this animated mother - letting me know she was there !! And who was in charge !

Mammy & Baby - 3:2Mammy & Baby - 3:2

Next we had the mugshot line up.... This one put on quite a show

 

Behind Bars 1 - 8:10Behind Bars 1 - 8:10 Behind Bars 2 - 8:10Behind Bars 2 - 8:10 Behind Bars 3 - 8:10Behind Bars 3 - 8:10 Behind Bars 4 - 8:10Behind Bars 4 - 8:10

Galilieo - a 4 month old calf - aptly named by Dermot himself - was one of the main reasons I was excited about this shoot. Dermot had shown me a photo of this calf a few months ago and I immediately knew I needed to get this photo. A very affectionate and playful calf.

Galileo - 2:3Galileo - 2:3

Followed by an even younger - 2 month old... another cutie

2 month old calf - Colour - 3:22 month old calf - Colour - 3:2

Licker - yes also personally named by Dermot - is about 8 months pregnant and is one of the largest and most impressive cows I have ever seen. She's huge - and I don't mean that because she's pregnant. Last year Licker had twins - so maybe it will be triplets this time !!!!

Licker - 3:2Licker - 3:2

 

Morning call - 2:3Morning call - 2:3 Calf - Colour - 2:3Calf - Colour - 2:3 Black & White Face  - 2:3Black & White Face - 2:3

There was even a Panda look-alike 

Panda - 3:2Panda - 3:2

And throw in a chicken or two. This is one busy farm.

Home to roost - 2:3Home to roost - 2:3

Baby Face - SquareBaby Face - Square Brown eyed girl - SquareBrown eyed girl - Square

Despite their large size, there was a distinct gentle side to these animals. And a definite curiosity.... 

Mono Cow 1 - 3:2Mono Cow 1 - 3:2

And then came my favourite.... this cheeky divil

Cheeky Calf 2 - 2:3Cheeky Calf 2 - 2:3

So big thanks to Dermot for inviting me to meet these lads and lassies and well done for taking such good care of them.
 

 


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