Got Jersey? We Got Three!

Growing up around my grandparents house, there was one slogan that guided our entire childhood.

Got Milk? 

Milk Mustaches were the cool thing, because it meant that you got milk. It also meant we were that family that bought six to seven gallons per week at the grocery store, because we told Mom that we couldn’t drink anything else.

Now once again we are finding that we are that family, but for a slightly different slogan.

Got Jersey? 

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This weekend we went out and expanded our herd once more (If you think about it, we almost doubled our herd). We bought three Jersey springers that are due to calve within the next month.

When we got to the farm we were placed in the dry cow/heifer pen and given a list of seven or eight to choose from. Knowing that all came from good genetics, we chose the three that were due to calve the soonest. Since they aren’t due for a couple weeks, they will also have time to adjust to their new home. IMG_0393

So instead of worrying about milk mustaches and gallons of milk (which still are priorities), we are adjusting to the life of being Jersey dairy farmers.

The gates get tied double just in case one of our curious creatures decides to let herself out with her tongue and we are preparing to be annoyed by their friendliness rather than unsociability.

Meet the cows that have made their way into our heart and our herd.

Ethel:

This beauty is the oldest of the bunch and is due to calve February 27.

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Frieda:

This gorgeous animal turns two on Wednesday and is due to calve sometime around February 17. IMG_0415

George:

This wild thing is the soonest one to calve. We are expecting her little one to arrive around February 11, just in time for Valentines Day.

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We have three calves on the way and three animals headed towards being milking members of our herd.

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Keep on the lookout for lots of cute pictures and stories about these three in the weeks to come.

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Real Dairies, Real Farmers, Real Stories

This week has served as a reminder for me how important educating about and advocating for the dairy industry is. The dairy industry is a vital thread to many families and communities throughout the country. Milk, cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products line the grocery store aisles and these same products are jammed into the refrigerators of families. Many of the individuals who consume these products won’t ever step onto a dairy farm. This blog and blogs like it serve to be a bridge between your homes and our farms. 

This reminder has come to me in two ways this week. 

First Reminder: My best friend of over 16 years made the long trek up to our house this weekend. It was our weekend to work. So, the minute my friend, Lauren, walked into our house, I began layering her with warm clothes in hopes that she would stay warm on the farm in the sub degree temperatures.

The weekend was a whirlwind of afternoon milking, late-night chats, early morning breakfasts and milking, and a chance for her to step into the world of dairy (if only for less than 24 hours). Lauren had never been on a dairy farm before and had quite a few questions about what Brett and I do. It was so rewarding to explain this important part of my life to a friend who is so dear to me.

It reminded me of what I hope that this blog accomplishes: A door into a otherwise unknown lifestyle. 12494747_10156437453290268_437531615555001169_n.jpg

Second Reminder: Blogging has allowed me to connect to so many other people who are trying to do the same thing as I am. Recently, I connected with another “accidental farmer/”, who blogs, through several friends of mine. Ally’s blog, The Speckled Goat, often features interviews from other farmers who blog. This week I have the honor to be featured in her blog

This experience was a reminder of journey I have walked to get to this place and a reminder of my desire to keep telling my story. I can tell you all the information and dairy facts that you could possibly want, but it is not until you know my story that it really matters to you.

Real dairies. Real Farmers. Real Stories.