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A LOVELY New Home

Fond FarewellSometimes, life doesn’t work out the way we’d hoped and even family cows must say farewell to their loved ones and find a new family. So it was with Lovely, a nine-year-old jersey pet, who came back to Local Farm while her family broken-heartedly looked for a new home.

We heard about another family in a nearby town that was seriously considering getting their own cow and we asked them to think about adopting Lovely. Although we thought she was dry when she came to Local Farm, with regular daily milking, she began consistently producing about 2 1/2 gallons of milk a day. For almost 2 months, her would-be adoptive family came every week-end to Local Farm to learn to milk and get to know Lovely.

Finally the big day arrived and Lovely climbed into the big blue trailer and rode off to her new home.

Here’s the latest MOOS from her new family…

Lovely's new barn.
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I just wanted to let you know that Lovely is settling in… The first day she was mapping out her area from the barn to the pasture a few times a day and in heaven with the fresh pasture all to herself. Although she is lonely at times and has been crying. I know we probably shouldn’t be spoiling her but can’t help when we see her sad, so we give her apples when we see her like this. In the mornings she is fond of  “mooing”  until we come out to milk her then she seemed fine, this seems to be her way of telling us she is lonely.

 

kids and lovelyWe are still learning and adjusting to a routine. As of now she spends her days out in the pasture with the bunnies, chickens and kitties and in the evenings we’ve been allowing her to bed down in the barn after her evening milking. She really likes this! We get out to see her often during the day and she always greets us when we come.

Here are some pictures I thought you would like to see and anytime if you’re around … please stop by to visit. Thank you so much Debra for everything you have taught our family. We are truly grateful for this gift and we will take care of her the way we feel you would!

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This Cheese-Maker’s Special!

Katie Gilmore bought a Miniature Jersey calf from Local Farm during the spring of 2011. Her name is Susan. She calved on May 15, 2013 with a lively heifer named Samantha.
mini jersey calfPart of the purchase agreement was that Susan’s first calf would belong to Local Farm. On May 20, Margaret and I traveled to visit Katie, Susan, and Samantha at Katie’s Stone Silo Farm in Woodbury, CT.

corner cow stanchionWe were quite impressed with Susan’s corner stanchion, designed and built by Katie’s husband Steve…

chicken tractor…with the chicken tractor built by their daughter Stephanie

deer fence of saplings…with their sapling woven fence to keep deer out of their garden…

cowshed on skidsand with their portable cow shed on skids with eye-hooks for chaining to a tractor.

dog as herdmateSusan’s unlikely companions include a Great Pyrenees, Abby (short for Abbaye de Bellock – a really yummy cheese made in the Pyrenees)…playing with goats… several very playful Dwarf Nigerian Goats,

friesian mareand a friesian mare named Ginger.

wheel chair accessable horse cartAs a volunteer therapeutic driving instructor for the CT Little Britches program, Katie has interesting carts, equines and a very slick harness storage set-up.

Katie and SteveKatie raised Susan so she’d have a reliable source of raw milk for cheese-making. She also makes cheese with milk from her goats. She and her husband Steve, sent us off with a generous portion of chevre that was so delicious, we had eaten it all before we got home! Find out about her cheese-making classes from her website: easypeasyhomecheesemaking.com or email Katie directly at: Easypeasycheese@yahoo.com.

For anyone interested in home cheese-making, the New England Cheese Making Supply Company has almost everything you need as well as an inspiring and informative monthly e-newsletter.

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Thorncrest Dairy Farm

We were delighted to visit Kim Thorn in her new chocolate shop where she makes and sells chocolates using milk from their own cows. Read Kathryn Boughton‘s wonderful description in her article for the Litchfield County Times, Note that beside selling chocolates and farm-fresh pasturized CREAM-LINE milk, Kim offers classes in cheese-making. You can call her for details at 860-309-2545 or email tcfarmllc@optimum.net.
Texas LonghornBesides Holstein and Jersey cows, Kim and Clint raise Texas Longhorns. Call about their FREE farm tours of their new, old-fashioned dairy barn, milk-house, milking a cow, feeding a calf, and viewing these spectacular cattle!



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Anudder Cow Mooves Home

The sisters at Bluestone Farm and Living Arts Center asked us about getting a family cow. Although we had none for sale at the time, we recommended they inquire at nearby farms for cull cows… cows that are not making enough milk or are not aggressive enough to thrive in a commercial dairy. A few months later, Jiffy arrived at Bluestone Farm. Click to witness her happy welcome!

(Photo by Delia Hitz)

(Photo by Delia Hitz)

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Portulaca: in meMOOry

Portulacca was an older dry Local Farm cow diagnosed with asymptomatic Johnnes Disease. Our friend Catherine took her home to Coyote Thunder Farm as a companion to her cow Lovely. When Lovely calved with Evening Lily, she had milk fever and for a few days couldn’t take care of her calf. Portulacca became a willing babysitter, cleaning and looking after Evening Lily, long after Lovely’s recovery. Eventually the wasting symptoms of Johnnes manifested and Portulacca slipped from this world. Catherine shares her farewell below:

calf and babysittermy flower my friend—–you taught me many lessons…. you brought me joy and peace and most importantly…understanding…….you communicated with  me on a sublingual level…and, through this communication……together we came to a true understanding of each other and of life and in the end…… death..many times we had together……….many moments….it seemed as though…. only We shared……many times our questions went unanswered and many other times we never asked…….your life seemed simple and mine…. complex…. yet, they were really the same…..we both shared the need for survival in a ever so changing and complicated world… we are just a small part of a vast creation but, a part that is necessary and that makes the whole sum possible…we are a part of it and,…….it a part of us…both needing the other………………we both shared the same love for coyote thunder farm and knew this place was, in itself a magical mystical place that we were both destine to experience a true higher level of knowledge in…… we both knew something extraordinary was amiss……we accepted this and continued to live out our days together……………..i felt you silently slipping away……being brave in the face of your demise…..we knew ….this was life….we also knew it was in the hands of a higher entity…………… `i can still see your face and feel the concern of lovely and your beloved evening-lily ..on that..bitter cold night when you stood shivering and,…. i felt helpless…….i desperately asked you if you could just hold on a bit longer…”just until spring” i said………then, i reminded you of apples and sweet grasses….you reflected…………. you assured me it would be difficult…but, you  would try……..we both knew…….we both held on…for the sake of evening lily….for the sake of each other….then,………. on the first day of spring….we both knew…….. it was time…….the sun didn’t shine that day……the wind was strong….the apples were from the farm store….. “perhaps from trees of last fall” i told you……………….i smelled the sweetness of your breath as if smelling the first spring rain….i touched the white fury heart on your crown……as if for the first time……then,i felt the warmth of your sole and at the same time….. the connection to the universe that we both shared……..i knew …. how connected we really are….to each other……to this earth and ultimately…..to this universe……… as i held you in my arms for the last time…….. and, felt you rise into the heavens…..a feeling overcame me of….. pure bliss….something so powerful…..only to be explained as if……………………….perhaps…. a new star had been born in the heavens above……until we meet again…..my flower…..my friend……and, when i look to the heavens i know i will always see your face……..warmly,

catherine

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