A 15-year-old Mitchell Miner and his trusty cow Audri have won people’s heart, even after they didn’t win the top prize in the Iowa State Fair’s youth dairy cattle show.
The two worked very hard to compete in the contest and they finished only fifth out of seven. Feeling exhausted, the duo took a nap, when the boy’s father came in and snapped a photo of them snuggling side by side.
The picture was shared with the following caption: “Our son Mitchell and his heifer after showing yesterday.” It immediately went viral and gained more than 15,000 likes by the next day.
“I think it’s just when you spend that much time with them, they get comfortable,” Laura Miner, the boy’s mother, told the Des Moines Register. Both she and her husband grew up on a farm, but now that they live elsewhere, they want their children to connect to their roots.
The family borrows animals for the summer so that her kids can get a feel for the farm life.
“We learned a lot from the farm,” Jeremy Miner, Mitchell’s dad, said. “We have those values instilled in us and we are trying to do what we can to preserve that.”
Audri (the cow) will be heading back to the dairy farm once the showings finish.
“This is too cute,” wrote one YouTuber
“Moooooooooove over you’re hogging the hay,” joked another.
“That’s so sweet,” someone else commented
Just a boy and his cow. This photo is almost too cute for words!
But Mitchell’s mother, Laura, thinks she has an idea why.
“I think it’s just when you spend that much time with them, they get comfortable with you,” she said.
Even though they no longer live on a farm, they continue to uphold farm-life values.
“We learned a lot from the farm,” Jeremy said. “We have those values instilled in us and we are trying to do what we can to preserve that.”
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