Yes, she's a milk cow.
I'm sure you aren't surprised that we got one with our recent realization that raw milk was so much better. Actually, we've been keeping our eye out for a family cow for about 6 months. But with purchasing raw milk from Stewart Dairy in Blanchard, we were not in a hurry. I was supposed to check back with a lady at a small dairy in mid June though. So I casually gave her a call and
she had just what we wanted ~
a registered black Jersey that is small in size and in milk as a first freshener. She's not producing enough to stay on a dairy farm but she will provide plenty as a family cow.
Halter broken, stanchion broken
and sweet as can be, she was perfect for us.
We named her Cocoa.
And she had to have a pink halter!
The last couple of weeks have been filled with transforming the little shed into a milking parlour complete with a NuPulse mini milker and an automatic cleaner. As we fall into a routine, we will figure out what improvements to make and then I'll give you the grand tour.
|Is this where you are going to milk me?|
Cocoa came home yesterday and although she was very calm, the first milking was not very productive. We were all nervous though. This morning was much better. We've been assured that it will take time to get used to each other and then it will be sweet as cream.
Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation.
1 Peter 2:2