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Sculpted Cow Rides Herd On Family Tree
"When our barn cleaner chain wore out about 5 years ago, our dealer said he'd give us $65 for it if we cleaned it up. We decided that, at that price, we could find a better use for it," says LeRoy Bauer, Shakopee, Minn., who used the chain to "sculpt" a flat-sided Holstein cow at the end of his driveway.
Bauer explains that he first carefully measured the dimensions of an average size cow in his dairy herd, then transferred those dimensions to a drawing on the floor of his machine shed. He then cut the barn chain up into pieces and fitted them inside the cow silhouette. Once he had the shape right, he welded the links together and painted them up like a prized Holstein.
The chain-link cow now sits on two metal pipes sunk into a concrete base in the ground at the end of the driveway. It's complete down to the rubber teats. The Bauer mailbox dangles from the cow's tail and below the mailbox is a series of nameplates giving the names of the Bauers' 11 children. The names in white are the ones still at home. The names in yellow have "flown the coop".

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1984 - Volume #8, Issue #4