Learned friend Amrita sends a stern SMS admonishing me for suggesting in a post that Swiss cows are amply proportioned:
"As a matter of fact, the Schleswig and Holstein breeds are milch cattle, not grown for meat. They are bony creatures with huge udders and surly tempers."
Just passing this on for the edification of anyone who might be consorting with these beasts sometime soon and wants to be well-prepared. Incidentally Amrita and I go back a long way – right back to when I was copy-editing pieces for Britannica and she sent in a 3,000-worder about a "small cow" species, I forget the name, that abounds somewhere in south India, I forget where. (Yes, she does have other interests.)
P.S. I just realised that if you say "surly temper" out loud several times in succession you eventually get "Shirley Temple". I know that’s irrelevant but so is this post.