Guernsey’s in the news

We recently stumbled upon this article which was written about a year ago. We wanted to share some of the highlighted parts of the article.

To summarize, Guernsey milk is seeing a surge in recognition as a great source of vitamins and nutrients. It’s easy digestibility is being recognized all over the world!

The article links to a scientific article which breaks down how proteins in milk affect the human body. The two types of protein found in milk are classified as A1 and A2. Guernsey milk contains A2 and has been found to not cause some chronic illnesses A1 has been found to cause.

We’d love you to take a look at the articles and choose to drink our yummy and nutritious milk.

-The Guernsey Girls

MyShan Dairy does the Puyallup

Fair season is always a favorite time of year for us at MyShan Dairy. The community that is built from fellow farmers is indescribable. Everyone is willing to help, even the “competition.”

Day 1: The cows and Guernsey Girls Sarah and Shannon left first thing in the morning. Since Farmer Mylon has a full time job outside of the farm, he wasn’t able to get down to the fair till about 9 p.m. Not only did he have the trailer that we sleep in, but he had the tack as well. So Shannon and Sarah were without pitch forks, shovels and decorations for the whole day. Thankfully others were willing to help out throughout the day. You can only imagine how important a pitchfork is when you have 10 cows that are stuffing their face with yummy alfalfa all day. Guernsey Girls Taryn and Elizabeth came down late Monday night, so everyone got to bed a little later than they should have. Five hours of sleep is enough, right?

Day 2: The second day was a little busier. Now that the decorations were there, we had to decorate! We love when people get to see the names of the cows and our farm name. Farmer Mylon and Shannon went on the hunt for more grain while the other girls stayed behind and tried to get screws into the walls to be able to hang up all the signs. This wasn’t a very easy task and some of it had to wait for Mylon to get back. He’s much taller than the girls and had an easier time reaching where the screws needed to go. This is also the day we started our photo contest. One of the best parts of fairs is being able to educate the public on farming. We thought the photo contest was a great way to engage with the public. We may not have gotten as many entries as we would have liked, but we sure made some little kids happy by letting them pet our cows.

Day 3: SHOW DAY! This is what we work so hard for. We stagger milking so when the cows get into the show ring their udders are at their best. We clip the cows so the judge can see their depth and ribs. We wash the cows so the judge can see everything without dirt getting in the way. We match up cows with certain people so we know they will be walked around and shown off the best.

Enjoy these pictures from our trip!

Maleah is the designated top-liner. AKA she gives all the heifers mohawks.

Maleah is the designated top-liner. AKA she gives all the heifers mohawks.

Taryn got in on the top-lines too!

Taryn got in on the top-lines too!

These girls are all about the cows, even the fake ones.

These girls are all about the cows, even the fake ones.

The fair has a vet that goes around and checks out all the animals. The vet was checking Cabanabelle here. She looked a little bloated the morning of the show, but the vet said she was just indulging in the food a little too much.

The fair has a vet that goes around and checks out all the animals. The vet was checking Cabanabelle here. She looked a little bloated the morning of the show, but the vet said she was just indulging in the food a little too much.

Guernsey Girls Savannah, Taryn and Sarah with a big bunny.

Guernsey Girls Savannah, Taryn and Sarah with a big bunny.

These ladies were very pampered all week.

These ladies were very pampered all week.

This is our favorite. When they are all laying down, then we can sit down.

This is our favorite. When they are all laying down, then we can sit down.

Maleah and Elizabeth setting up the legs right for the judge. Even though sometimes we are against each other, we really aren't. We are all family and the same farm so we are excited for everyone and cheer everyone on.

Maleah and Elizabeth setting up the legs right for the judge. Even though sometimes we are against each other, we really aren’t. We are all family and the same farm so we are excited for everyone and cheer everyone on.

All lined up!

All lined up!

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Hannah and Karter being silly.

Hannah and Karter being silly.

Savannah is so pretty.

Savannah is so pretty.

Karter always wants to help!

Karter always wants to help!

Mommy and Karter.

Mommy and Karter.

He looks like he's being naughty.

He looks like he’s being naughty.

Karter is learning how to show.

Karter is learning how to show.

Karter loves being on shoulders! He will cover eyes and move heads. Here he is riding Uncle Lane.

Karter loves being on shoulders! He will cover eyes and move heads. Here he is riding Uncle Lane.

Karter and Lane hanging out with Vickie.

Karter and Lane hanging out with Vickie.

Guernsey Girl Taryn teaching Karter about the cows.

Guernsey Girl Taryn teaching Karter about the cows.

Who knows what they are doing!

Who knows what they are doing!

So handsome!

So handsome!

Micah looking good for the Junior show.

Micah looking good for the Junior show.

Sisters! Elizabeth and Sarah waiting to get out in the show ring.

Sisters! Elizabeth and Sarah waiting to get out in the show ring.

Taryn loves Daisy.

Taryn loves Daisy.

Maleah showing off.

Maleah showing off.

After receiving ribbons, often there's nowhere to put it, except the back pocket.

After receiving ribbons, often there’s nowhere to put it, except the back pocket.

Elizabeth in the showring.

Elizabeth in the showring.

Special moment captured of Papa and his “Little Love.”

Maleah has always been good at keeping the head up nice and high.

Maleah has always been good at keeping the head up nice and high.

Taryn lined up before the show.

Taryn lined up before the show.

Lane and Taryn, not stressed at all.

Lane and Taryn, not stressed at all.

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Put that tongue away Lane.

Put that tongue away Lane.

Again with the tongue!

Again with the tongue!

There's no yawning in the showring!

There’s no yawning in the showring!

Exhibitor herd line up. We got 4th.

Exhibitor herd line up. We got 4th.

Three generations watching the show.

Three generations watching the show.

A rare smile for the very serious showman Sarah.

A rare smile for the very serious showman Sarah.

We can have fun showing.

We can have fun showing.

PeWee is the right height for Elizabeth.

PeWee is the right height for Elizabeth.

Sarah and her baby.

Sarah and her baby.

Making sure the cow is perfect.

Making sure the cow is perfect.

A smile from Savs!

A smile from Savs!

The cow is laughing at Kyle.

The cow is laughing at Kyle.

Hannah isn't the biggest fan of showing. But when she was down for show day she really liked PeWee, and jumped in the ring for fitting and showing.

Hannah isn’t the biggest fan of showing. But when she was down for show day she really liked PeWee, and jumped in the ring for fitting and showing.

Hannah showing attitude.

Hannah showing attitude.

Taryn and Daisy

Taryn and Daisy

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Sarah waiting for the show to start.

Sarah waiting for the show to start.

Karter and Kinzie were able to show!

It takes a village...

It takes a village…

She did not want his arm around her.

She did not want his arm around her.

Brother and Sister

Brother and Sister

In his show clothes

In his show clothes

Lizzy had to do some last minute teaching.

Lizzy had to do some last minute teaching.

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We had to try different heifers with Karter before we decided on the big cow.

We had to try different heifers with Karter before we decided on the big cow.

Papa and Karter walking into the ring.

Papa and Karter walking into the ring.

Savannah helped Kinzie show so mom could watch.

Savannah helped Kinzie show so mom could watch.

Elizabeth helped Karter show.

Elizabeth helped Karter show.

Kinzie was more interested in running and playing than being a serious showman. But who wants to be serious at 2 years old.

Kinzie was more interested in running and playing than being a serious showman. But who wants to be serious at 2 years old.

Karter was in his element here.

Karter was in his element here.

We know that he's out there with the biggest cow we brought, but she is the best trained. He did not want any help. As soon as he had a good hold on Dawna, he told Elizabeth to go sit down.

We know that he’s out there with the biggest cow we brought, but she is the best trained. He did not want any help. As soon as he had a good hold on Dawna, he told Elizabeth to go sit down.

He might be only slightly too small for Dawna.

He might be only slightly too small for Dawna.

He knows how to hold that head up, just like mommy!

He knows how to hold that head up, just like mommy!

Karter put his ribbon in his back pocket because that's what the big kids do.

Karter put his ribbon in his back pocket because that’s what the big kids do.

He's tuckered out from showing.

He’s tuckered out from showing.

Day 4: This was the most relaxing day. Showing is over so the stress of the week was gone. Our goal for the day was to engage with as many people as we could. We had a big plan for how we were going to do that and everyone was on board for helping make Thursday the day everyone that came through the aisle got a MyShan Dairy sticker and entered the photo contest. But, it didn’t quite go the way as planned. We didn’t take into account that there were other breeds showing, so our aisle was closed down for most of the day. So we didn’t get to talk with as many people as we wanted, but we got to make friends with some farmers from Vancouver Island and even helped with their show–Shannon even went into the show ring (which never happens).

Day 5: It was Guernsey Girl Elizabeth’s job to get the kids up and make sure they got all their jobs done in the morning. And, everyone got up and all the tasks were done, not only on time, but early! It’s always sad to leave shows, but also a great feeling to go back to the normal schedule.

Until next year…

The Guernsey Girls

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

Let the countdown begin

Wow! I can’t believe that it is already September. Up in the Pacific Northwest we had a very hot summer and I think we can officially say it is over now that the rain is back. This time of year is always very busy for us at MyShan Dairy. The kids are back to school, work is extra busy, and it is show season. This year we have taken on an additional challenge. At the end of the month our processor will be installed and that’s the last step before we can start bottling our own milk for sale.

Farmer Micah taking a quick break while working on the processor room.

Farmer Micah taking a quick break while working on the processor room.

Kinzie helping out with the processor room.

Kinzie helping out with the processor room.

We are excited for this new step in our journey to becoming a one of kind dairy farm in our area. But, with this comes many challenges. We are having to do a lot we don’t have as much experience with. For example–We now have a website, a Twitter, an Instagram. Before the only exposure that our little farm had was a page on Facebook and managing that was easy. But with the way that our busy lives work, a lot of advertisement is now done online. So, here is my shameless plug–will you like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram?

Thanks,

The Guernsey Girls