Share Milking with Nurse Cows

Jul

20

2014

Share Milking Most commercial dairies separate calves from their mothers shortly after their birth. The calves are given bottles of their mothers’ colostrum and later fed on milk from the dairy. Most commercial dairy cows have no idea what it is like to mother a calf. They are simply valued for the...

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Milking Options: By Hand or Machine

Jul

20

2014

When you are considering the purchase of a family dairy cow, one of the biggest considerations is whether to buy an electric milking machine or to milk by hand. Knowing the pros and cons of both options will help you decide which method fits best with your cows, your budget, and your lifestyle. When...

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Managing Your Grass-Fed Cow

Jul

19

2014

So you want a Grass-Fed Family Cow? That’s great! As you probably already know, cows are designed to be ruminants, designed by nature with stomachs that convert grass and forage into meat and milk. Feeding a cow grain is an unnatural aberration forced upon them by shortsighted farmers and agriculture...

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The Family Cow: Trend or Lasting Value?

Jun

25

2014

A family milk cow grazes on our pasture at sunset. Actual statistics can be confusing, but anyone who has been observing the real food movement in America can attest that there is a growing number of families who are choosing a different route than the traditional supermarket or big box grocery aisles. For...

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Milking on Your Schedule – Cows are Flexible

May

26

2014

Up at 5 AM. winter and summer, to let the cows into the milking parlor, clean the equipment and wash the building down, then repeat again in the evening — such is the life of the dairy farmer. Stop the madness! A new breed of dairy farmer, however, is challenging long-held assumptions about milking...

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