I'd like to introduce you to our new family Guernsey Dolly and her 6 1/2 month old heifer calf Addie which we acquired just after last Thanksgiving.
These two beauties are adjusting well to their new home, just as my sister and I are adjusting to the twice daily routine that comes with keeping dairy cows. This is a routine we aren't totally unfamiliar with, however. One and a half years ago we bought Jenny, a sweet Jersey who came to us with a respiratory issue. Caring for her for the 6 months we had her helped us gain many valuable skills and experiences which we are very grateful for. We learned how to hand milk, heal mastitis naturally, and understand a dairy cow's different behaviors and quirks.
Since our days with Jenny, we have made new and better pens for Dolly and Addie and we are no longer milking by hand in the barn. Our brothers built us a new “milking parlor," with electricity for bright lighting AND powering our new milk machine.
Since successfully weaning our robust calf Addie, Dolly is consistently giving 2.5 gallons of milk each day. In future updates I hope to show you in detail what we do with all this nutritious white stuff like separating the cream, making butter, clabbering milk and more. Stay tuned!