BBC Radio York Features
Is that a smile or a grimace?
What's Julia Booth up to?
When BBC Radio York's Julia Booth challenged listeners to find her the muckiest job in NY, she never imagined she'd have her arm up to the shoulder in the back end of a cow! Read on to find out why and see the end results.
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Nine months ago I was persuaded to don an armpit level rubber glove and venture into the nether regions of a jersey cow.
What am I waiting for?
I'd issued a challenge to North Yorkshire's farmers - give me a dirty agricultural job - and David and Anne Shaw at Grey Leys Farm in Elvington came up with a corker.
"Come and artificially inseminate one of our cows". Doing a James Herriot wasn't nearly as bad as I'd imagined: it was nice and warm in there on a chilly day and she stayed beautifully still.
Then came the call - 'my' cow had given birth to a top class Belgian Blue heiffer. I was a Dad! Or maybe a Grandad...or a Godfather or a surrogate father.
Gorgeous - the calf that is!
She's seriously cute, as you can see. She's soft and fluffy and will spend her life as a suckling cow, giving birth to more well-pedigreed calves.
She's an aristocrat in the bovine world. Her real Dad's semen cost a packet. And I made it all happen.
I'm still up for yucky agricultural challenges to rid me of my townie tendencies. Just contact me via the form below.
last updated: 19/07/07