Morning view
April 13, 2014
Farm walk
April 18, 2014

Separating our cow and calf

Every night we separate Luna, our milk cow, from her calf Eclipse so we can milk her in the morning.  Most mornings she gives about one and a half gallons, which is just about right for our community. Fresh warm milk with our granola is a  wonderful way to start the day. Sometimes there is milk left over for a soft cheese.

Veronica, one of our interns, grew up on a farm in France but lost contact with her roots.  Now she enjoys the sunset stroll or chase through the pastures, surrounded by the mountains in order to separate  Eclipse from her mom.  In the process, she is remembering growing up on her parents’ farm.DSC_0022 2

4 Comments

  1. Janaki says:

    I’ve always wondered about this….Does the calf get enough milk if it is being shared with humans? I belong to a cow-share here in Va so we can have nutritious raw milk. A part of me always wonders about the “process” though. ??

  2. leishanaja says:

    Veronica is a beautiful lady! I do love her!

  3. Walter says:

    It depends on the breed of cow. Most dairy breeds like the Holstein and jersey have been bred to give way more milk then a calf needs. In the States and Europe and wherever modern farming practices are used the calf is usually taken from the mother at birth and then bottle fed. When i had my farm in Wi. I would leave the calf with the mother for about two months. The calves would just come through the milking parlor at milking time. I did find that the behavior of the whole herd changed and allowing the mothers to again express their mothering instincts even increase reproductive fertility.

  4. Walter says:

    I do agree about the brucellosis. All commercial herds in the US are tested for it and I think most farms that sell raw milk would test for it also.Therefor it usually is not a problem in the US. Still can’t believe your doctor could not diagnose it for you.

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