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Keeping a Family Cow Workshop Photos

At R Family Cow Workshops, we’ve been teaching folks how to milk a cow…

make butter, yogurt, simple cheese, and ice-cream; as well as giving pointers on finding, feeding, fencing, and breeding a backyard cow; since 2002. We hope you’ll enjoy the following Family Cow Foto Album!

meet the cows
teaching a boy to milk a cow
cow workshop lunch
jersey cow and calf
Jersey Cows on pasture
milk mustached girl
cow workshop
cow in wooden stanchion
learn to milk a cow
cranking a cream separator
books about cows
jersey cows and farmer
cows and workshop participants
2008 Bathing Lovely
skimming cream from top of milk
Crystal Creek Calcium Drench
2008 Leading Calves
2008 Meeting the Girls
2008 three heifers
brushing a cow at workshop
letting cream slip over edge of cup to
Butter and buttermilk in churn
warm milk and vinegar separates into curds and whey
cutting curds to make cheese
sampling homemade icecream
2008 Setting up Fence
2013 Brushing Pumpkin (2)
2013 Learning to Milk a Cow
2013 Rest Head Here When Milking
2013 Butter in a Jar
hand cranking ice-cream 2013
September 2013 Cow-Milking Group

2002 Meet Alisa

2002 Learning to Milk

2002 Lunch in Cowshed

2002 Cow and Newborn Calf

2002 Local Farm Cows

2002 A Satisfied CustoMOOr!

2005 Meet the Cows

2005 Portulacca in Stanchion

2005 Learning to Milk

2005 Hand Cranked Cream Separator

2005 Cow Resource Books

2008 Debra with Jerseys

2008 mingling with cows

2008 Bathing Lovely

2008 Skimming Cream

2008 Drenching a Cow

2008 Leading Calves

2008 Meeting the Girls

2008 three heifers

2009 Brushing Stormy

2009 Skimming Cream

2009 Just Churned Butter in Buttermilk

2009 "Magic" Cheese

2009 Cutting Curds

2009 Feasting on Ice Cream

2008 Setting up Fence

2013 Brushing Pumpkin (2)

2013 Learning to Milk a Cow

2013 Rest Head Here When Milking

2013 Butter in a Jar

hand cranking ice-cream 2013

September 2013 Cow-Milking Group

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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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2012 Family Cow Forum

FOR, UM, the full report click forum. Many thanks & BULK TANKS to Alton Earnhart of Lightning Tree Farm, Naren Sonpal of Coffee, Tea, Etc., Kathy Johnson of the NCRS, Gund Sonpal of Sonpal Power Fence, Desiree Ball, Dave and Donna Hirsh, Emy Osborne, Catherine Evans, Joe Benete, Wyatt Whiteman, Rhonda Jaacks and ALL who contributed and participated in a MOOrvelous day!

chckng rennet action

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Care for Cows’ Smoked Cheese

Care for Cows is the on-line newsletter for a cow-rescue organization in India. Scroll through their June 2009 issue CFCNewsJune2009 to page 10 and their wonderful recipe for smoked cheese.

Skipping the preliminary cow rescue and using milk from our own cows, we have made this wonderful cheese at Local Farm and highly recommend it!

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