When I was young I longed for a Jersey cow to own and milk for the family. Because we only had a few acres we decided to get goats instead, (which ended up being just as good for learning how to milk, probably easier) and I had to release my dream of having a sweet brown-eyed cow. Taking care of Jersey cows is in my blood. Both grandmothers had them growing up and I wouldn’t be surprised if both my grandfathers did as well.
As God would plan it, when I married Grady he had started a Jersey herd! We ended up milking about 6 cows (Grady traded cows often) and many families in the extended area drove down to the farm to get fresh raw Jersey milk. Some of the home-school moms traveled as far as 60 miles one way! I guess the milk was that good. Anyway, I’ve been missing our “girls”. Lets see if I can remember some of their names… Miss Scarlet, Annabell, Coco (we told the kids she gave chocolate milk), Lizzy, Maggie and JB (short for Jaw Breaker, named by the previous owner… not sure why). I know there were more cows throughout the two years we were in Oklahoma, but I guess these were my favorites. We couldn’t bring them with us when we moved and although it is nice not to have all the milking equipment to wash twice a day there is nothing like having a herd of cows and all the milk and cream you can drink and churn.
Last summer we had lots of extra milk so Grady bought a cream separator and we began separating. He would separate milk once a day and I would make butter… lots and lots of butter. I remember begging him to stop separating because I was so tired of making butter. I was never serious, but one gets tired of churning. When we ran out of extra milk and ceased to separate, I had stored away about 20 or 30 lbs of butter. That butter lasted until the first week of June this year. I miss our butter.
Thankfully we are still able to have milk from a Jersey herd, (thank you Ben and Kristen :-)) and look forward each Saturday to our week’s supply.
I also came across this video, that Grady took of Annabell rolling her tongue with Coco looking on, and thought you might enjoy it as much as we do. She did it often and usually after eating the alfalfa hay we gave them during and after milking. Below that is another video I found of another Jersey cow rolling her tongue somewhere out there in YouTube land. Enjoy.
What kind of milk do you prefer?