We love cows!!! Daniel has been passionate about the care of his four legged friends since he was just a boy. We love to see them thrive. They are the hub around which everything else revolves.
After feeding his cows conventionally for years, transitioning the cows to grass has been like fulfilling an impossible dream. But with his knowledge of herd health, he guards their well-being religiously. We milk seasonally with their best interests in mind. Hay will maintain a cow, but without concentrates, she produces milk off of her own reserves. Because our cows calve in the spring to make the best of the optimum forages we avoid milking them when the grass is done to preserve her reserves and give her a much earned rest before the new season.
Our cows have forages in season and a constant supply of hay, free choice. Redmonds salt and minerals are also always available. In the barn, the girls are treated to about 4lbs a day of beet pulp. Unless it is milking time, they have the run of the barns and pasture. They have their favorite hangouts when it is hot and they like to come in and visit their calves periodically.
Periodically one will have trouble with a bout of mastitis or other ailment. If it is a longstanding ailment we will retire her to raise calves on the farm. But for a bout of mastitis, we will generally treat the ailment naturally. However, there are strains that are deadly and we will not hesitate to use antibiotics in life threatening cases. We will then follow the recommended withholding times, doubled for added safety.
Conventional dairy wisdom calls for antibiotics when a cow is about to stop milking for the season. But we take the extra time necessary to slowly wind down our cow's lactation and let her udders go dormant naturally. We take antibiotic resistance seriously and do not waste them on healthy cows, who do need their natural bacteria.
We love these cows. For many of them, Daniel can share stories about their mothers and grandmothers. Their lines have been apart of the farm for generations! By taking good care of them, they take good care of us!