9×12 watercolor enhanced colored pencil on satin finish watercolor paper. Original available.

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Ayrshires are medium-sized cattle weighing over 1,200 pounds at maturity. They are strong, rugged cattle that adapt to all management systems including group handling on dairy farms with free stalls and milking parlours. Ayrshires excel in udder conformation and are not subject to excessive foot and leg problems. These traits make Ayrshires outstanding commercial dairy cattle. Other traits that make Ayrshires attractive to the commercial dairyman include the vigour of Ayrshire calves. They are strong and easy to raise. The Ayrshire is a moderate butterfat breed and relatively high protein breed. The actual average of all Ayrshires on official ABA programs in 2002 is 17,230 pounds of milk with 665 pounds of fat and 542 pounds of protein.

Ayrshires (especially the ones from Finland) are also crossed with Holstein cattle in order to improve the Holstein’s hardiness and fertility. Ayrshires in Southern Africa are used for the company Woolworths, which replaced Simmentals in 1988. In New Zealand, they are still called Dunlop Cattle.There are some Ayrshires in the Drakensberg and the Transvaal (info from Wikipedia)

  • Complete 09-01-2011 in 7.49 hours spread over 10 days (just so you know, it took me over a year to complete this. I think they call it FRUSTRATION)

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  • carss66
    carss66about 3 years ago

    beautiful work barb

  • You always come through for me.. thank you so much for being my friend…

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  • carss66
    carss66about 3 years ago

    always barb.love ya sweetheart.And thanks for asking how i was after op.love you xxxx

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...about 3 years ago

    Wonderful work!!!! I love the detail and colour, superb!!! :))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

  • maggie326
    maggie326about 3 years ago

    wonderful work Barb great image

  • celtusone
    celtusoneabout 3 years ago

    Fabulous

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    shanghaiwuabout 3 years ago
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    sarnia2about 3 years ago

  • PBWright
    PBWrightabout 3 years ago

    Yes, but it was worth the effort as it is an awesome tribute to our bovine friends!

  • ANNETTE HAGGER
    ANNETTE HAGGERabout 3 years ago

  • vigor
    vigorabout 3 years ago

    Outstanding work!

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