The first time I ever saw a cow up close was at a petting zoo for kids when I was in kindergarten. I remember thinking they were big, soft, and smelly.
I didn’t immediately take to the cows, but not all little kids are the way I was! One little boy, Oliver Chivers of Sandhurst, Berkshire, loves cows so much that he helps run his parents’ farm despite being only 3 years old.
Oliver’s dad, Daniel, 33, explained to Caters News how the family farm came to be:
“We had always wanted to have our own cow, and in March, last year, we bought our first one. Me and Bonnie both have full-time jobs, so showing and breeding became our hobby. And we have spent most of our summer at county shows.”
Although they started with only one cow, the Chivers family is now up to 17! And little Oliver is keen to help out. He even competes in young handler classes at county shows.
“Oliver has no fear at all and [he] is straight in there, helping out,” Daniel said. “He’s the youngest competitor at the shows and gets a lot of attention from the crowds.”
While Oliver loves working and getting dirty with all the cows, he does have a favorite: a 2-year-old calf named Iiffany.
Every day, Oliver works with his parents to make sure Iiffany goes for a walk, gets fed, and feels ready for competitions and county shows.
Bonnie, Oliver’s mom, spoke of the tykes devotion to the cows: “When we go to see the cows, he smiles from ear to ear and just wants to give them a cuddle, which is amazing, really, considering he sees them every day, come rain or shine.”
I just can’t get over Oliver and his little cow best friend! Check out the video below and be sure to SHARE it on Facebook with your animal-loving friends!
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