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Shorter Days of Autumn

Because of the dry August and September we had to go to once-a-day grazing about the tenth of September. The cows receive a full five acre paddock during the day and about four round bales of hay at night. There are some advantages to this method as they get to lay on a very close 15 acre paddock after they have eaten their fill.

With the shorter days of Autumn, the morning milking crew gets to sleep in a little longer, as the cows don’t have to walk far to get to the milking parlor. A dark colored cow is very difficult to see on a moonless morning long before daybreak. We try to keep a good supply of flashlight batteries on hand.

Recently, new calves have been born at a rate of 3 or 4 a day. It can be a little overwhelming, but with the number of cows in the dry cow group down to about 30, we’ll be breathing easier soon.

Perhaps many of you are wondering about the fate of cow number 2680 and her bull calf. We mentioned last month that she did not accept her newborn calf. Actually, she assimilated into the herd very well and is doing just fine in the parlor.   Her bull calf was adopted by another cow that also has her own bull calf to feed.

The barn crew is having a difficult time coming up with a name for 2680. We ask for your help. Send us a message here if you have an idea for a name. Watch our FB page for an update soon!