A Tribute to the Guernsey Cow
by Kirsten Plocher
The following excerpt is from 16-year-old Kirsten Plocher, who was recently crowned the 2016 Ohio Guernsey Queen, describing why she wanted to serve as a youth ambassador for the dairy community.
I stood out from all of them as we colored our picture. I carefully chose the colors fawn and white for my cow, rather than the typical black and white.
“Why do you always color your cows that color? Be normal like the rest of us! Here you can use my black colored pencil,” a young boy shouted. I pushed away the offer and started on the green grass in my picture.
I decided I would bite my tongue because the children around me didn’t understand. They didn’t see what I did.
They didn’t know or care that there are different breeds of dairy cows.
They had never breathed the spring air while watching the golden breed, graze around the pasture, swatting flies and batting their insanely long eyelashes. The children around me had never sat in a bed of straw and told all of their secrets to a golden calf. Never had they learned the personality of the animal I had grown to love.
The children around me had never sat in my dad’s truck and listened to his stories that boomed with a sense of pride and passion for the gentle giants. The cows had never taught them lessons of humility and patience.
I am constantly reminded of the greatness the Guernsey breed has blessed us with, and I didn’t want to be the only one to recognize it.
So I opened my mouth and told the boy, “It’s a Guernsey cow!”
As the 2016 Ohio Guernsey Queen, I plan to tell even more people about the great Guernsey cows we are blessed to work with. I want children around me to know and share the love that I have for the breed, along with the people and experiences that come with it.
I plan to represent our dairy community with class and poise while demonstrating toughness and grit, just as golden Guernsey cows do.