Joker has lived here at Mossburn since 1992, being not quite a year old when she arrived. Joker is a “miracle birth” heifer, she was born five months after her mother had already given birth to a calf. This is not supposed to happen and it occurs only very occasionally but Joker is the living proof that sometimes the laws of nature can be changed.
When she was born Joker was extremely small and weak and she had hypothermia, the farmer’s mother took her into her house and hand reared her.It was thought that Joker would never grow big enough to take her place in the commercial herd and as the farmer’s mum did not want her to go to market she asked her vet if he could advise her what to do, “ring Mossburn” was the answer and so this cute cuddly little Galloway Simmental cross heifer arrived on our doorstep. She is still cute and cuddly but she is certainly not little any more – she’s enormous! Fortunately Joker is very gentle and adores having a fuss made of her.
Some cows, you see, do make rather adorable pets!