Old Macdonald may have had a farm. But Father Dan Kirby has his own cow! He has a cow? How did he get a cow? And why does he have a cow?
Kirby has loved cattle since an impressionable visit to his uncle’s farm as a young boy.
“I had a toy farm set, and I would play for hours and hours,” he says. “I learned all the cattle breeds.” In mentioning his love for cattle to some parishioners, it was suggested he get a cow for the St. Joseph’s parish.
Kirby, along with Pat Corkrean and Jim Pottebaum, visited Bill Adams’ farm. He really wanted a Belted Galloway, but because of their temperament he was advised against it. So a bred Black Angus heifer was chosen.
“This choice works well for me because I love the color black,” Kirby jokes.
Parish kids in religious education will have the opportunity to help name the heifer that is due in March or April. All parishioners will have the opportunity to guess the arrival date of the calf in a $1 lottery. The winning guess also wins the opportunity to name the calf.
It’s a fun thing to do for our parish,” he says, “We’re excited about our heifer.”
In November, the heifer will be on the block for St. Joseph’s annual auction, which anyone in the community can attend.
“If there’s not a white spot under her chin, they may have to paint one for the auction,” Kirby says with a grin.
St. Patrick’s Irish Settlement, which Kirby also pastors, will hold its St. Patrick’s Day dinner on March 15 at 6 p.m. at the Jackson Community Building in Winterset. After a few years of absence, the annual dinner returned last year and drew a large crowd.
“People were excited to see it come back,” says Amy Hall, parish member and one of the dinner’s coordinators.
Pork Producers and Cattlemen’s Club will once again provide the meat. The buffet-style dinner will feature desserts made by St. Patrick’s Parish ladies while the popular cover band, Crosswinds, will entertain. Everyone can participate in the raffle and silent or live auctions. Everyone can put on a wee bit of Irish and join the fun.
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