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Animal columnist Amy Engle lives in New Mexico, where she writes poetry and contributes to various niche magazines.
Meet the most popular bovine breed in America’s dairyland.
The breed’s small stature belies big benefits for cheesemaking
Meet the popular thick-tailed dairy breed of the Middle East
The Friesian ewe boasts great milk and good behavior
The mighty water buffalo is a mild-mannered dairy animal
This popular shepherding dog loves to go to work
These impressive Spanish grazers are bred for great milk and low maintenance
They’re able, smart, tough, and make a mean cheddar
This most archetypal of desert creatures possesses an elegant anatomy that exemplifies evolutionary adaptation to its harsh and unforgiving environment
They’re hornless, hardy, and able to resist dramatic temperature swings thanks to their fine coat of white fleece