Boy oh boy, cows who’ve been inside eating hay all winter sure do love spring when the grass is finally green enough to be let out to pasture! We let the gals out after yesterday morning’s milking and they frolicked and romped like youngsters before getting down to business and grazing like it was their jobs.
The way they were acting, we thought this sign (an actual slogan from the dairy industry in the crazy 70’s!) was appropriate.
From a dairy publication that arrived in yesterday’s mail, “research shows compared to other breeds it costs less for the Jersey cow to produce a pound of fat or protein. The Jersey is more efficient with 25% less body mass, requiring 32% less water, and 11% less land per unit of production than Holsteins. In addition, the Jersey produces less waste, uses substantially less fossil fuels with a 20% reduction in total carbon footprint. (Source: J.L. Capper & R.M. Cady, Journal of Dairy Science)”.
Not to mention, as Lauren and her daughter Rosy can tell you, they’re smart, gentle and beautiful!
Lupine likes to peek in the milk house window in the morning after Dan lets her out of the milking parlor, just to make sure I’m doing my chores properly. Looks like I need to add “wash milk house windows” to my list.
The two newest Warrens, Warren Sheffield (remember Rose’s love interest in Meet Me in St. Louis?) and her half brother (from another mother) Warren Harding, sporting the latest in fashionable calf wear.
When it’s as cold as it’s been, for as long as it’s been lately, we’re grateful for calf blankets.