Why We’re Running Out of Milk

Why We’re Running Out of Milk

From the day we moved in two+ years ago, we have dealt with a list of challenges. We were so caught up in the excitement and busyness, we totally missed the signs that we were heading into a drought, one that devastated the southeast and other areas of the US. We had...
The “Truth” About Grassfed

The “Truth” About Grassfed

Grassfed or is it grass fed? There really is a difference between the two. The first term I define as a cow (or other ruminant) that grazes pasture throughout the growing season and is fed hay when those pastures are unproductive. These pastures are intensively...

To Catch a Cow Standing

For the previous three years we’ve kept our cows bred by “live cover” i.e. a bull. Artificial insemination (AI) is the method commonly used to ensure genetic diversity in a herd while not having to feed and handle a bull year round. In order for AI...

Once a Day Milking

Back when I was dreaming about farming, we were visiting a local farm where we bought our milk. It was milking time and the cows were filing into the milking parlor, what luck! I asked if we could observe the process and after noting our three young children, we were...

Training Cows

We are in the midst of training our newest cow, Mary to be a milker. Mary was the only springing Jersey heifer that I could find within a few hours drive. Mary originated from a small dairy but had been bought with a group of other heifers and raised on a beef cattle...

Death on a Farm

It happens at times without explanation, and it can seem to be catastrophic. Around here, catastrophies tend to happen whenever I (Daniel) am at work at the fire station and Katie is managing the farm alone. Escaped pigs, loose rabbits, and attacking roosters have all...

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