Our sweet little heifer, Rennet (daughter of Rosebud), went to her new home last week. While we are always sad to see one of our animals go, we are very happy that Rennet has been united with her new owner, Cadence - a young girl with very big plans. We look forward to seeing more pictures … Continue reading Rennet travels to her new home
Most people don't believe the amount of milk we feed our "bottle/bucket" fed calves... No, our babies are not nursing on their mothers, but yes, they are fed their mother's milk - fresh and warm - and yes, they grow much better on a full-milk diet compared to the industry standard of one gallon per … Continue reading Feeding Calves a Milk Diet
I recently acquired a copy of my new favorite cookbook (thanks, sister!!). The author lives on a dairy farm, which is a natural fit for me (always looking for more ways to use our milk!). One of the first recipes I had to try is Irish Cream. If you want to try her recipe, it's online here: … Continue reading Making Irish Cream
Philippians 2:1-10 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2 fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in … Continue reading Merry Christmas!
Pearls of Wisdom from old books on breeding of livestock: Stock Breeding by Manly Miles, MD. First printed in 1878. Quote: Interpretation: “Beauty in the form and proportions of his [Robert Bakewell’s] animals was always made to contribute to the development of useful characters.” What we see as pleasing to the eye is such because balance … Continue reading Lessons from Historical Agriculture: #3 – On Breeding Livestock
I always love the anticipation of watching a new heifer prepare to calve. Will she have a good udder? Will she have a safe calving? Will she milk well and have a clean udder? Spoiler alert All goes well - Prancer is a "dream cow" 🙂 Aug 25: Sept 13th: October 5th: October 14th: October … Continue reading It never gets old…another heifer calves!
If you're curious what a Guernsey cow looked like in the past, here are some snapshots from the 1950's through 1980's of Guernsey cattle from the Graysmarsh & Family Hill bloodlines (and some other cows purchased by the farms):