All Those Questions

During the fair season we get asked a lot of questions. We decided to sit down and answer some of them.

The first one being, why are the cows so skinny, or is it normal to see their ribs like that?

-Being able to see the ribs is very normal. These cows are producing a lot of milk every day, and in order for them to do that, they need to burn calories. So, although the cows are eating about 100 pounds of food, they aren’t able to keep fat on them. As a farmer, we like to see those ribs. It means the cow is a good producer.

This is the bull calf we brought to the fair this year. He was only 10 days old. He did great being on his own and was fed cow milk in a bottle the whole week. This is Karter feeding the calf.

This is the bull calf we brought to the fair this year. He was only 10 days old. He did great being on his own and was fed cow milk in a bottle the whole week. This is Karter feeding the calf.

How soon do you take the babies away from their mothers?

-The calves will get their first feeding from their mothers. After that the calves will be put in a calf dome to make sure they don’t get sick and the cows will be milked by Farmer Mylon. The calves will get fed by milk that is taken out of the milk tank, pasteurized and then bottle fed to the calves. When the calves are old enough to be out of the calf domes, they get put in with the other older calves.

Why do you pierce the cows’ ears?

-In order for the farmer to easily tell apart the cows, we add a tag to them with some information on it, like their birthdate, or their mother’s name, that way everybody knows who is who on the farm when there are so many pretty brown and white ladies out there.

Where does chocolate milk come from?

-Cows only produce white milk. Chocolate milk does not come from brown cows. It comes from mixing chocolate and milk together. When MyShan Dairy starts to bottle milk we will just be bottling white milk, but eventually would like to add flavored milks, like chocolate.

If you have anymore questions, feel free to email us at myshandairy09@gmail.com and we will respond to you either by email, or by making another blog post.

Thanks,

The Guernsey Girls

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