June 2012 - First attempts at cheese making

With all the milk we now have from Holly each day, I thought I would have a crack at cheese making. My first attempts were cottage cheese and a couple of quick maturing hard farmhouse type cheeses. Time will tell how they taste!

Jersey Journal: My cow drinks her own milk

This week has been extremely busy, but thankfully uneventful.  I have continued to milk Holly twice per day and so far the iv canula has remained bandaged on her teat and continues to drain nicely when I milk the other three quarters.  Well it can actually drain all the time ...

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Jersey Journal: traumatic second week Pt2.

When the vets left last night, Holly's teat canal was able to be opened and was functional when open (well functional in that there were now two holes instead of one which will most likely be permanent).  Talk about dedicated individuals - they were here for nearly two hours and ...

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Jersey cow in portable wood crush

Jersey Journal: traumatic second week Pt1.

Holly is still painfully thin in my eyes, but we are following vet advice and she is getting all the nutrition and groceries that she needs. Our second week started off great with a gradual increase in milk production and a big increase in the cream line after I switched ...

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Holly Jersey House Cow

Our first week with Holly and Bangers

Yes, our Jersey girl finally has a name - Holly.  She and Bangers have settled into life on our farm really well and have quickly accepted the routine I have started for milking in the morning and 'getting to know you' sessions during the day. I am just so thrilled ...

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Fresh Jersey Milk

Our jersey girl has settled in really well, is already gaining back some weight and is proving to be a real pleasure to work with.  When I I have gone out to milk her the past three mornings, she has already been up near the cattle yard where I lock ...

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May 2012 - We have a Jersey house cow!

After what seemed like forever waiting to find one, we went and picked up our new house cow.  She is purebred Jersey, will be four years old in October and has a five month old steer calf at foot - he has tentatively been named "Bangers" as in 'bangers and ...

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April 2012 | Some rain would be nice....

While much of Australia over the Summer and early Autumn periods have been getting quite a bit, or even excessive rain, much of the South West of Western Australia has been getting very little.  Our own location here at Eagleburra has only had 29.1mm with the biggest fall on a ...

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We have Ducks!

Ducks are another addition that we have wanted to make to the farm for ages, but I have been unable to find any reasonably local until now.  I was extremely fortuante to get these five young adults, a pekin drake, three pekin hens and one khaki campbell duck. They are ...

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Swamped in milk but no jersey for me

The lovely Josie has gone home today, but by the time she left she was rapidly drowning us in her yummy milk.  Because I am greedy and don't want to share it with the dogs or chickens, I'm planning on making some clabber and using it as a cheese starter ...

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