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Pure Milk

Taken with my iPhone, so not the best quality, but still…

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Milking twice a day, OR, I got my cow back, but I’m feeling kinda lazy

Gerty’s back. She’s been gone since the week of Thanksgiving, so it was a sweet reunion. She was at the farm of some very generous friends who let her be courted by their bull — a very well-bred, pricey bull, … Continue reading

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Bovine trickery

Milk production’s been down the last few days. We were getting more than a gallon on our best day; today, it was less than half a gallon. I’ve been at a loss. She has plenty of hay and a little … Continue reading

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Milking the Cow: Days 4 and beyond, and notes

Oh my, these last few days have been busy! It got to a point that I literally had no time to fix the problems I’d discovered with the milking stall, but because I hadn’t fixed them, milking was taking more … Continue reading

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Milking the Cow: Day 3

Day 3 – Aug. 16, 2013 There will obviously come a time—hopefully soon—when the morning milkings will, by and large, be uneventful. At that point, I’ll quit regularly blogging about them. But that time is not yet, and while we’re … Continue reading

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Milking the Cow: Day 2

Day 2 – Aug. 15, 2013 I’m 30 minutes late milking this morning, and Gerty is bellowing again. We commence with yesterday’s process: she rushes through the barely-opened gate into the stall and begins devouring her morning snack. I wash … Continue reading

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The baby calf is here!!!

It is indeed a time of new life on the farm. Sometime during the night, our sweet Gertie had her first-ever calf. This beautiful little baby calf has been long-awaited on our farm! We bought Gertrude as a four-month old … Continue reading

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