I don’t know many people in real life who have cows. A few acquaintances, but no good friends with whom I can talk regularly about cows. Like many of my interests, I turn to blogs to find like-minded people who are happy to talk non-stop about cows, manure, hay, minerals, pasture, milking schedule and bottle-feeding […]
Our first house cow Bella came to us from a dairy farm and had already had two calves. She came with her second calf, Molly, who is also a full Jersey cow. We raised Molly to be our second house cow. With Bella now having an uncertain future after having difficulty with her last calf, […]
At this time of year I like to summarise my posts on various topics. You can find links to my posts about cattle and cows, including: Homekill butcher day – tips and tricks Homekill beef – two small beef cattle The story of our house cows – Part 3 Cleaning a milking machine Managing house […]
About five years ago we bought our first house cow, Bella and she came with a young heifer calf, Molly. Since then, Bella has had three more calves: one that died and was replaced by foster calf Romeo, then Nancy, and then another this year that died and has been replaced by foster calf Charlotte. […]
Raw milk is confusing. I only realised that after we got our house cow Bella. And found that we couldn’t even share her milk. I didn’t know raw milk was such a big deal. Here’s my review of the Raw Milk Answer Book.
Dairy cows are naturally skinnier than beef cows. They are bred to produce milk, not meat! But it can be tricky to know whether your cow is too skinny, or too fat, as both can cause serious problems.