Monday, March 30, 2009

This past week... click photos to enlarge

I canned almost 45 quarts of milk this week! Jim and Pearl, our newest addition to the farm, have arrived. All 3,800 lbs. of them... They are Belgians, 17 years old.
some better heifer shots (we now have 26 of them). This photo was taken on a drizzly day.


the backs of them... They go and drink on command from a water trough 3 times a day and then return to their stall! We are learning alot from them.


13 comments:

Selah said...

Could you please give complete instructions on how to can milk? We also have a jersey and are overflowing with milk that we would like to save for when she is dried off.

Laurie in NC

Pink Slippers said...

What a wonderful place you have up and working!
Wendy

Happy Days said...

Being a horse lover I really enjoyed the photos of the Belgins. Big Gentle Giants!! I would love to ride one! I was so surprised to see the color of the milk. Why is it brownish? Is raw milk that color? I never thought about it not being white coming out of the cow. Enjoyed your post - I always learn something new!!...debbie

SWEETHEARTS MOM said...

Jim and Pearl are beauties. The milk looks great. Did you let the cream rise and skim before you canned it?

Wow looking at those cows?? That is a lot of milk!

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

Trained cows...Amazing!!
And how gorgeous and robust are those belgians??
Milk in abundance,wow!

TheMartianChick said...

What a nice addition to the farm! I didn't know that people trained horses to drink on command...

Homemaker Ang said...

actually trained horses ya'll :)

more info on milk look at this post. http://www.motherearthnews.com/Real-Food/1984-05-01/Home-Canned-Milk.aspx

this also tells why milk is caramely colored
ang

Throwback at Trapper Creek said...

I miss my Belgians, love the pictures of your team.

Kelle said...

Love your team. Have you harnessed them yet? We own a Norwegian Fjord, who BTW is oversize and stands 16 hands 3", he is considered a light draft breed. He loves to be harnessed and worked. I'm not sure I could harness him alone, it's a two person job. I bet you need a step ladder to harness your team. One thing I'm glad we don't have to feed your team! Friends of ours have Belgians and they say they eat a bale of hay a day, each in winter months. We stretch a bale of hay between two cows, a calf and our Fjord out, enough for three feedings( two feedings, if it is sub zero temps)and all are fat and sassy. I'm sure they consume more as they are put to work as well.

You, I know will be blessed with all that milk. We freeze ours for dry times.

Be sure to post pictures of the team harnessed and working. I bet you're learning lots and having great fun!

Rhonda Jean said...

That milk looks delicious, Ang. I loved the photo - both head shot and bums, of Jim and Pearl. Are they brother and sister?

Carrie of Farming On Faith said...

I love reading your post. I am spending the day with my Amish neighbors. I just can't wait!
Blessings!

Gill - That British Woman said...

I didn't know you could can milk..

I love your blog.

Gill in Canada

El taller de Curra said...

I just found your blog and I'm enyoing reading you so much. All my compliments for your choice of living from Madrid, Spain..!!

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