Bottle Calves — Raw Milk vs. Milk Replacer

Jul

20

2014

When you are raising bottle calves, the most important decision that you must make is whether to feed them on milk replacer or on raw milk. This decision is sometimes made for you, if you can’t get access to raw milk. Here are some of the factors that you should consider when you are deciding how to...

Basic Needs for your Family Milk Cow

Jul

20

2014

Before you bring home your dairy cow, you should give significant thought to how you are going to provide for her needs. Cows, like most creatures, need food, water, and companionship. Here is a brief guideline for providing for your cow’s needs. Fencing To keep your cow and the neighbor’s landscaping...

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...

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...

Healthy, Organic Pasture Soil

Jul

19

2014

While the Bible verse that says, “All flesh is grass,” was not referring to farmers, it has a broad application to farming, and specifically to cattle farming. Every product that you get from a cow, whether meat or milk, is wholly dependent on the quality of forage that the cow consumes. However,...

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...

Grass-Fed Meat and Grass-Fed Milk

Jul

9

2014

In the organic community, there is much talk about “grass-fed” meat and milk. Many people may say that grass-fed products are better, but they have no idea why they are better or what any of the benefits are of grass-fed products. As a wise consumer, you should do your homework to learn the benefits...

Organically Produced Hay Is Part Of Our Quality Process!

Jul

8

2014

Organic dairy farming typically relies on grass and forage as the main food source for most or all of the animals on the farm. Cows, sheep, goats, horses and even pigs, rabbits and poultry can get most of the nutrition they require from good quality grasses and forage. Hay: A Winter & Supplemental...

Raising The Bar: How Our Family Is Voluntarily Taking Organic Farming To The Next Level!

Jul

8

2014

Mark Twain is quoted as having made the following statement: “Always do right – this will gratify some and astonish the rest.” Those words could have been written today about the way we have chosen to establish and operate our farm. We know that we could do far less and still meet the current standards...

The Benefits of Grass-Fed Beef

Jun

26

2014

Grass-Fed Beef has been gaining quite a bit of attention from nutritionists, chefs, and home cooks in recent years — and with good reason. Grass-fed beef comes from cattle that consume real food rather than finished off in feedlots with a mixture of grains that contain a wide variety of questionable...

Raw Milk 101

Jun

26

2014

Consumers all over the country have been discovering the benefits of eating locally sourced food in recent years, and some are taking that one step further and raising and growing food right in their own back yards. Many people today are choosing to live the way that their great-grandparents lived by...

Are Dam-Raised Dairy Calves Really Better?

Jun

25

2014

Most people who have dairy cows are in love, or at least somewhat obsessed with them. Even the big commercial dairy farmer appreciates their cows and spends time obsessing about udder conformation, foot issues and how they are working to selectively breed for a sturdier, more resilient cow who can still...

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...

Alternative Farming – Intensive Grazing

Jun

24

2014

An electric fence wire held up on insulated posts is all that keeps these two heifers grazing where we want them to. The left side of the photo shows where they were the day before. The traditional, natural, sensible, holistic method of feeding herd animals is classified today as “Managed intensive...

The Jersey Cow

Jun

22

2014

Our Jersey cows grazing on fresh grass in the sunshine. The History of the Jersey Cow Jersey cows originated on a small island in the English Channel. While no one knows the origins of the original cows on the island, what is known is that the dairy farmers on the Isle of Jersey have carefully bred their...

Backyard Farming with a Family Cow

Jun

22

2014

Cow ownership was once an essential part of American family life. The family cow provided milk, butter and cheese for consumption and sale. It also helped manage grass and pasture while serving as the core of the family farm. We haven’t lived in that pastoral, agrarian world for generations. The...

Fun Farming Times with a Jersey Family Cow

Jun

22

2014

One of the more docile breeds, Jersey cows are closer to pets when you raise them gently and play around with them a bit. Naturally nosy, it isn’t strange at all to find a calf, or a grown cow, coming to see what you’re doing if you are in the pasture or even come to the door if you are in the barn...

Stress Relief for Dairy Cows: Maintaining Comfort and Happiness

Jun

20

2014

Dairy Cows are at their basic roots prey animals, meaning they will often be vigilant and wary of change. As they see humans as predators, they can even apply this watchful attitude to us, even if we are attentive and humane caregivers. In order to decrease this vigilance, and accompanying stress, it...

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...

Your Own Organic Cow Manure

May

26

2014

How far does your food travel before it ends up on the dinner table? With concerns over contamination, drought, food prices, and environmental impact all rising at once, millions of people are turning to their own backyards to reconnect with the ancient tradition of feeding themselves rather than relying...