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Category: Dairy Truths

Are there hormones in milk

While I will openly admitt I don’t get tangled up in labels and do my grocery shopping based on availability and cost, I understand that many people have questions and hesitations about our food. Where does it come from and is it safe? Raising children, and daughters specifically, I’ve heard the comments regarding hormones in milk. Are there hormones in milk? Do I need to be on the lookout for a label stating “no hormones”? As a dairy mom, here are my thoughts… Milk is one of the top sources of much needed nutrients and providing dairy for my children…

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How we focus on quality

A version of this post was originally created for Milk Means More blog, please take a moment to visit their amazing site and the original post here. In every industry there are quality standards and the dairy industry is certainly no exception. To sell Grade A milk you have to be licensed and inspected — there are quality markers put in place to ensure our product is safe and healthy. If you are active on social media you should be following the actual farmers who harvest your food, here’s a great list of Facebook farmers and Instagram accounts to follow!…

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How to pasteurize your milk

I thank God every day for the life I have, I am fortunate to have beautiful cows in my back yard. As a mom it makes complete sense to me that I take the very product I produce and feed it to my family. I know without hesitation that the milk provided from my farm is nutritious, wholesome, and essential to growing healthy kids. I am VERY thankful. After the raw milk is collected from the cows it is directly stored and cooled in a bulk tank and shipped to our processor every day. A few times a week I…

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When our cows feed isn’t safe

My farmer and I were milking one morning when we noticed that one of our first lactation heifers didn’t have much milk. As a healthy, young animal that had only been in the herd around 3 months this caught our attention. We assessed some of her other symptoms and assumed that she had swallowed hardware. The name is legit – she probably ate metal. Does my cow have Hardware Disease? Hardware disease (bovine traumatic reticuloperitonitis) in dairy cattle, and sometimes seen in beef cattle, when a sharp metallic object is swallowed.  Cattle do not sort their feed by using their…

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It’s all bull

Let’s talk about the bull in the barnyard. We are a bull bred farm, meaning that we let a bull roam with the heifers and cows to breed them. It might seem like dairy cows are always getting knocked up but that just isn’t the case. Cattle naturally have a heat cycle every 21 days and the veterinarian tells us when they are healthy to become pregnant. Pregnancies last 9 months and then you have an adorable four legged love child. Knowing the correct terminology for the cattle is important, so let’s discuss names. Heifer – female that has not…

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Welcome to the herd

There is always something new I am learning about farming, sometimes from my husband and sometimes from other dairy farms and research. Caring for a calf was definitely not something I grew up with; it’s a very important part of my life now and one of my main jobs on the farm, the growth of our herd depends on it and I’m always clicking on links to educate myself. A lot of thought and care goes into how we care for the animals on our farm, it’s like being the mom to a whole group of four month olds –…

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When cows don’t get pregnant

As a dairy farm the success of our business depends on selling milk. Cows need to produce milk to secure a place in our barn. This is that line that as a farmer I hoover over; to one side I make business decisions because my livelihood depends on it, to the other side I let my heart fall in love with each of my cows and treat them as such. It can be a very real struggle to not consider these cows my pets. When all is good — a cow will calve, she will enter her natural heat cycle,…

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