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):
...He has a lot of fun! With Rosebud recently dried up (not making milk because she's due to calve in a couple months), we headed across the state to visit family and friends and so Jay could judge some fairs~ We started out on Highway 20, with our first stop at Cinnamon Twisp Bakery for … Continue reading When You Take the Dairy Farmer off the Farm…