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    Got Milk???

    Well as you know I got Alyson all weekend so I had to figure out what we were going to do on Day Two. Well I figured since Alyson drinks so much milk, she minds well see where it comes from. I mean no child of mine is going to say "a store" when some teacher asks her where milk comes from. (She get an extra hug if she says Holsteins but that might be expecting to much).

    So we loaded up this morning and headed over to Uncle Jeff and Aunt Amy's farm. They have a small herd, probably 40 or so milking cows and had a pretty good time. They got a goat for a farm mascot I guess, and a mix of Holsteins and Jerseys. The mixture is a sticking point as Jeff calls them "Grass rats" as he grew up on a Holstein Farm and Amy grew up milking Jersey's. Either way she adds a brown cow into the herd now and then just to prove she can get her way still.

    Alyson did okay, was not scared of the big cows one bit which kind of surprised me. The closest Holstein in the picture was named Pumpkin and was very docile and allowed Alyson to pet her. Some of the heifers were not so docile, but they will after they get older and start to be milked. There was a couple of pregnant cows in the herd but unfortunately no new-born calfs for Alyson to see. Still you can see by the cows breath that it was cold, even in the barn. It was -5 (F) when we left the house.

    This is one of two farms we have. This small 40 cow farm and then the big one which has over 100 milking cows. For the area, even that's small as some farms around here have 1100 cows or more. No doubt, this is cow country...





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    Travis....that experience and future experiences around farms will live in her mind.

    I can remember waking up at my maternal grandparents farm. Grandma was sitting in the kitchen giving herself her insulin shot. Grandpa was going out the door to milk. I got up.....cryed...whined...begged and pleaded. Grandma finally walked me through the dark.....out through the barnyard and into the barn where Grandpa was milking by the light of a gas lantern. Grandma said "Robert......Kenny wants to watch you milk .....do you mind?"...."No" said this little bitty German descendant man..and with that he twisted the teat in his hand and sprayed me in the face. I can still smell and taste that warm fresh milk.....I can see Grandpa's crinckled face as he laughted at me......

    Take her back again Travis.......she'll remember those times......beats tv all to pieces!
    Ken
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    Travis
    That is a nice story,
    Tommorrow Mom will be home

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Fitzgerald View Post
    Travis....that experience and future experiences around farms will live in her mind.

    I can remember waking up at my maternal grandparents farm. Grandma was sitting in the kitchen giving herself her insulin shot. Grandpa was going out the door to milk. I got up.....cryed...whined...begged and pleaded. Grandma finally walked me through the dark.....out through the barnyard and into the barn where Grandpa was milking by the light of a gas lantern. Grandma said "Robert......Kenny wants to watch you milk .....do you mind?"...."No" said this little bitty German descendant man..and with that he twisted the teat in his hand and sprayed me in the face. I can still smell and taste that warm fresh milk.....I can see Grandpa's crinckled face as he laughted at me......

    Take her back again Travis.......she'll remember those times......beats tv all to pieces!
    I think I was like 4 years old when my Grandfather did something similar to my brother and I. He told us that if we gave the cow chocolate, she would give us chocolate milk.

    Well let me tell you, getting a jersey Cow to eat an entire chocolate bar is not easy! We tried everything...putting it in hay, in haylage and even smothered in molasses...nope she did not want any part of eating that. So we did what most 4 and 8 year olds would do...we proceeded to shove it down her throat with her cooperation not withstanding!!

    Then we figured if she had it in one of her 4 bellys, we had better mix it up. So we grabbed the halter and tried to run her around the pasture. Now she weighed 5 times more then we did, and cows are very accustomed to a fairly leisurely life of getting grain, chewing cud and whatnot. Running flat out in a pasture was nothing she really wanted apart of. Again being 4 and 8 year olds, our enthusiasm outweighed her cooperation notwithstanding.

    Man were we ever disappointed when it came time to milk the cow that night. We waited and waited but only white milk came out. I never saw my Grandfather laugh, but him and my Grandmother must have been rolling on the floor laughing as we tried to get that cow to jog.

    Last edited by Travis Johnson; 01-26-2008 at 08:43 PM.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    Awwww come on Travis you can't fool us. We all Know milk comes from the store.

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    Just keep taking her back Travis!!

    And you tell Jeff I'll take brown cow milk over Holstein milk any day,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Johnson View Post
    I think I was like 4 years old when my Grandfather did something similar to my brother and I. He told us that if we gave the cow chocolate, she would give us chocolate milk.

    Well let me tell you, getting a jersey Cow to eat an entire chocolate bar is not easy! We tried everything...putting it in hay, in haylage and even smothered in molasses...nope she did not want any part of eating that. So we did what most 4 and 8 year olds would do...we proceeded to shove it down her throat with her cooperation not withstanding!!

    Then we figured if she had it in one of her 4 bellys, we had better mix it up. So we grabbed the halter and tried to run her around the pasture. Now she weighed 5 times more then we did, and cows are very accustomed to a fairly leisurely life of getting grain, chewing cud and whatnot. Running flat out in a pasture was nothing she really wanted apart of. Again being 4 and 8 year olds, our enthusiasm outweighed her cooperation notwithstanding.

    Man were we ever disappointed when it came time to milk the cow that night. We waited and waited but only white milk came out. I never saw my Grandfather laugh, but him and my Grandmother must have been rolling on the floor laughing as we tried to get that cow to jog.

    A friend of mine use to calf out beef cows for ranchers. He would fine his own pasture, usually field corn stubble. One year a farmer had carrot field that got by passed. He rented it and the farmer would dig some carrots every few days. Well them cows had orange milk, don't know if it tasted like carrots. But every thing was orange.
    Stacey

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    I had a friend many years ago who swore that he was raised believing that the four teats on a cow gave white milk, chocolate milk, buttermilk, and cream!! He was in his teens before he finally figured out that they were yanking his chain.

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    Nancy,

    I've got an even better one about someone naive about farming and animals but I can't tell it on a family oriented site. It is a true story, however. Some folks really are naive!
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