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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!
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! Soon she was out of the car and meeting her new neighbor, Sherlock. Learning 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. I 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.
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!