Archive of ‘All About Cows’ category

What is a calf hutch?

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Calf hutch windows

Across the US on farms both large and small, the vast majority of dairy calves live in a calf hutch for the first weeks of life. A calf hutch is an individual pen with a shelter and an outdoor area. It’s a common misconception that calf hutches are the same as veal crates, that’s not the case  Read more…

The Seven Common Breeds of Dairy Cattle #InternSarah

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Seven percent of American adults believe that brown cows produce chocolate, red cows produce strawberry, and white and black cows produce plain milk (More on that here).¬†While this is not true, there are different breeds of cows that all have different characteristics. Holstein, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Jersey, Milking Shorthorn, Ayrshire, and Red and White Holstein […] Read more…

Living on a prayer and an extra gallon of milk.

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Dairy Farmers in Crisis

It’s rare that I find myself without words. However for the past few weeks, I’ve tried to write this post several times only to eventually walk away from a blank screen. I’m going to try again, because this is important. Please, if you don’t finish reading this whole post, don’t comment. A year ago at […] Read more…

Cows With Bling.

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While our cows did in fact get necklaces, they aren’t your typical jewelry.

At the start of 2014, our farm purchased a system that monitors both activity and rumination on our cows. The system, made by SCR and sold to us by Select Sires, is called Heat Time. What does that actually mean? It means our cows now wear necklaces that help us keep them healthy and lets us know when they are ready to be bred. Read more…

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