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Psychotic Chickens And A Late-Term Cow

Chickens devastating the fall garden and why hasn’t this cow dropped a calf? Continue reading

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It’s not mastitis, it’s butter!

I’ll break my month-long silence with a post about milk. We have it in incredible abundance these days; and we’ve not even been giving Gerty any grain! She gets a little bit of lespedeza hay at milking time, and then … Continue reading

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Pure Milk

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

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Frigid milking frustration

The good part first. Gerty is giving us a really nice yield of milk, and I think it might improve a bit more over the next week or so as she settles back into life at The Ozark House (and, … Continue reading

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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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Milking rhythm

When I begin doing something and my unwieldy inexperience leaves me frustrated, I always imagine how it will be when I have someday mastered that thing. It’s how I felt when I first began taking piano lessons at age 7. … 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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Farm symbiosis

Joel Salatin’s farm is called Polyface Farm. The reason for the name is that his farm embraces the old, homestead-style model of raising many different animals on one farm and taking advantage of the beneficial relationships they offer one another. … 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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Milking the Cow: Day 1

Day 1 – Aug. 14, 2013: Gerty has been bellowing for a while, by the time I let her into the milking stall. She was separated from her calf from 8:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m., and her udders are obviously … Continue reading

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