So after losing the calf in her first 2 pregnancies, Candy has finally had a full-term, healthy calf. Last week she had a little bull (soon to be steer) calf. He's dun, horned and if I were to guess non-chondro. She's producing a ton of milk. Just in time for the holidays! Welcome Homefront Hershey.
Congratulations, Ms. P. You stuck with her while she had her problems so now she's giving you your reward.
And she's such a nice little milker. She's letting down well, I separate about 8 hours overnight, I'm getting over a gallon when I milk in the am and that's leaving one quarter for the calf. She's a great little house cow, just what a Dexter should be. Now I need to learn to make cheese.
Christmas was scheduled for many pounds of burger on the 11th, but he was such a good “veteran” of many visits It was a difficult choice. He stays at my son’s, and my grandson cares for him. The weekend before, resigning myself to never hearing the end of the teasing for it, I decided a combinatiin Vets/Thanksgiving days pardon was about to be enacted and chose a different burger option.
We were dropping off at the butcher on Sunday evening, and my grandson came by to help load another animal scheduled on the same trip before we would go get Christmas, and first thing he asked was if I might have a replacement for Christmas as he didn’t want to take him. LOL. That was easy.
When I made my first bag of soft cheese, (cottage cheese), I wrapped the curds in cheesecloth and tied them to the kitchen faucet to drain as my mother had done so many times in years past.