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Cows at Kids' Farm

Kids’ Farm is home to one Holstein heifer and one Polled Hereford heifer.


Holstein cow

The Holstein at Kids’ Farm is a heifer named Tulip. She was born at South Mountain Creamery in Middletown, Maryland, on December 25, 2003, and came to the Zoo in April 2004. Tulip is black and white, with a black spade-shaped spot on her left side and black freckles on her nose. Her black-and-white markings are like a person's fingerprint: unique just to her, no two cows have exactly the same pattern of spots. She looks thinner that the other heifer because she is a dairy breed and most of her energy would be used for milk production. We do not milk her because she has not had a calf. She did have horns but they were removed when she was very young (before coming to the Zoo).


Hereford cow

The Polled Hereford at Kids’ Farm is a heifer named Rose. She was born on March 2, 2003, at Dodge Hill Farms in Hollywood, Maryland, and came to the Zoo in April 2004. Rose is red and white with a long curly coat in the winter and a short sleek coat in the summer. She is a beef breed and looks thicker and shorter than Tulip.