Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Shorthorn Cow

This Shorthorn heifer is dated 1811. She's been painted in her stall, probably because she spent her time there, rather than outside. Shorthorns were the pride of the nineteenth century improvers, and commanded high prices. She's obviously lumpy, and it's probably real, not fake. Although "fat beef" was the aim, it was as much so that the fat could be rendered into tallow as it was to provide more calories.