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Who’s MOO: the animals of local farm – October 2014

local farm cowsMeet our cows, cats, and other critters in this You-Tube slide show.

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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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Samantha MOOves to Local Farm

After two weeks at Stone Silo Farm with her mother, Susan, we brought young Samantha to grow up at Local Farm. Using an empty 100# feed sack around her legs and body kept her snug and secure as we drove home with her in the trunk of our Kia Spectra. Split fold-down back seat rests make this a deluxe way to transport calves! transporting a calf in the trunkSoon she was out of the car and meeting her new neighbor, Sherlock. calves greetingLearning to drink from a bottle after nursing directly from one’s mother is not an easy task. If the calf has been nursing from its mother for more than 10 days, I don’t even try to feed it until 12 hours after the separation. Making sure the fresh milk in the bottle is absolutely no cooler than 95 degrees and preferably under 110 degrees, I straddle the calf and usually back her into a corner. bottle feeding a calf for the first timeI happened to be wearing a dress this morning and my skirt conveniently restrained Samantha from backing up so I could gently force open her mouth and insert the bottle’s nipple. Then I held her mouth shut on it, pulling and squeezing, until she got the idea that sucking on that horrid green plastic nipple yields sweet milk. After a couple more “straddled” feedings, she’s sure get the hang of it.

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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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