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Dairy Time is Waning

December 8, 2012

Winter dairy chores are taking on their more leisurely pace.  Jane has leveled off at about four gallons a day, one and a half for the house and the balance for Blake.  I know, low production in a high production world, but its enough.  We’re satisfied with enough.  If I need more I can milk more, Blake takes what we don’t need, and if we don’t need it, Blake is the best and highest use and the least amount of work.  When the days are short, we relish less chores.  Baby, it’s cold outside :(

starting to wash

starting to wash

It’s been nice to go back to my one gallon churn, and not be in the fever pitch mode of filling the freezer with butter.  Winter butter churning is the opposite of summer butter churning.  In the summer I am trying to keep the cream cool long enough to get it churned and worked free of the buttermilk.  Now I’m working at raising the temperature a bit to get the cream churned and worked.  Not a lot different than us, wanting it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

done!

done!

I even had enough spare time today to devote a bit of time to making some feta to go along with all the roasted beets and other roots we’re eating.  I had more milk in the summer but not much time to make much cheese, too busy tending the garden.  Now that we’re in the coasting stage of the garden and chores, we can kick back a little and enjoy.

Gotta love that Golden Guernsey girl of mine <3

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. A.A. permalink
    December 8, 2012 4:02 am

    Could you perhaps describe the flavor of that delicious-looking grassfed Guernsey butter for us who haven’t tried it, or is it just indescribably good? ;) I’m happy for you!

    • December 8, 2012 9:06 am

      AA, probably indescribably good says it all :) Jane’s butter is pale in comparison to her mom’s though. But it still tastes the same with the same terroir.

  2. December 8, 2012 5:50 am

    We love our Jersey. We get 3-4 gallons a day but she came to us with one quarter that doesn’t milk. Our excess goes to the pigs and our calf. And some to the cats, occasionally a little to the dogs. I’ll make butter in the summer and put it in the fridge to chill and forget. :) Then I get to try to warm it back up! Great stuff, though.

  3. December 8, 2012 7:13 am

    I know many dislike winter but for us it is so nice to have a slower pace for a couple months and to quote a friend “Baby, it’s cold outside” ……. we like this time to catch up on reading, sewing,and quilting.

    • December 8, 2012 9:04 am

      Canned Quilter, the short days make us slow down and take some rest…I’m almost ready to get out some quilting, maybe. I still hope the winter isn’t too severe though.

  4. December 8, 2012 7:37 am

    That is beautiful butter! Wow!

  5. KaeleyAnne permalink
    December 8, 2012 10:54 am

    I love reading about your experiences. I really would like to have a family cow one day, and I appreciate the opportunity that you provide for learning about the work involved (and the pleasures!) with having a family cow.

  6. December 8, 2012 12:03 pm

    What a good girl jane is. Daisy has picked up beautifully and like your girl gives about 5 gallons a day, though I am away and she is being very naughty for her relief milkers, she will settle down soon I hope.. c

  7. December 8, 2012 12:05 pm

    We occasionally make butter with our goats milk – in a half pint jar. ;) The volume of milk you get is amazing! My husband is angling for a cow. But on 3 1/2 acres, I just don’t think it’s feasible. So goat milk and butter’ll have to do, luckily, we’ve acquired a taste for the stuff.

  8. December 9, 2012 2:41 am

    Nice. That went by so fast – next year Jane will be a Matron too. Beautiful butter…

  9. December 9, 2012 8:46 pm

    Our heifer has graduated to cow! A pretty little heifer has joined the farm.

    I’ve gone over your earlier posts; you were milking 4x/day when Blaze was just born. Was that because Jane had just freshened and Blaze would not be able to keep up with the milk, or because Jane needed help due to the mastitis?

    Your blog is so amazingly helpful. Thank you so much.

    • December 10, 2012 5:48 am

      Marilyn, congrats!

      I milked 4 x a day because of the mastitis, moving the infection out is very helpful. And also because Blake couldn’t keep up with the milk. However, I share-milk in the sense that the calf nurses from the cow, but under my supervision, I don’t leave the calf with the cow after the first week.

  10. December 10, 2012 12:13 pm

    Did you turn her in with the Hereford bull again last summer?

  11. Connie Simpson permalink
    July 17, 2013 2:23 pm

    I am interested in getting a couple of Guernsey. Do you sell any of yours? Would love to have a family cow.

    Thanks. :)

    Connie

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