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Introducing Beulah Belle the Jersey Cow

It isn't my fault!  My husband sent me a link to a tractor on Craigslist that was listed (incorrectly) at a crazy-low price.   While researching said tractor, I just happened to see an ad for a Jersey cow located near me.  I got the go-ahead from Eric to call the guy, and she sounded like a great addition to our farm.  I went to see her and the kids and I fell in love.  We had a family meeting that night and it was settled.  We were going to buy a cow!  (You see that it wasn't my fault this time, right??)

We had to wait a couple of days, because we don't have a trailer to haul her, but our wonderful neighbor agreed to go with us Saturday morning and pick her up.

It has basically been raining since we got her, but my neighbor snapped this picture right after we got home... 

Beulah Belle 

She milks like a champ and is currently giving just under 4 gallons of milk per day!  We are drowning in milk, but having a ton of fun learning about keeping and milking a cow. 

milk 

And the cream!!!  Oh the cream!  Never in my wildest dreams did I envision such a cream line on milk.  It is a lovely buttery yellow color, so it is easy to see and skim off, and the butter and whipped cream we have made so far are out of this world!! 

  cream line 

All in all, I'm glad I had the goats to ease me into this milking thing, or else the cow might be very overwhelming.  For the record, I have NO idea what I'll do when the goats kid and I have 3 goats in milk as well as Beulah, but I'll cross that bridge when I get there.  It will just be another part of the adventure, or, as my dear friend Kate says, the resplendent spiral!   

What about you, have you ever kept a milk cow?

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heather jackson
1/30/2013 12:46:17 PM

Thanks for visiting and welcome to Grit! Yes, the cream is all it is cracked up to be and more! Butter, whipped cream, cream cheese...so good! And there's nothing like fresh cream in coffee!


megandkris dimercurio
1/30/2013 3:36:52 AM

Hi! I have been reading about milking cows. I really want a Jersey and plan to get one next spring! So great to read the cream is really what it is cracked up to be! I am a new blogger for Grit and also just checking out the site :)


heather jackson
1/21/2013 2:51:47 PM

Thanks for the kind words! I will agree that the cream is amazing. I had never seen it either until I had my first dairy animals. It literally whips into whipped cream by hand in less than 30 seconds. I couldn't believe my eyes! I make butter in under a minute in the Vitamix!


chuck mallory
1/21/2013 12:58:48 PM

What a funny and spunky piece! You had me at the first line. Love your energetic style. By the way, do you know in all my years of food writing, subscribing to food magazines and following a gazillion food blogs, that is the FIRST picture I ever saw of cream resting on the top of milk? I grew up as a "townie" so we got our milk at the store. But my parents used to talk about that cream from their farm days and said no purchased cream was ever as delicious, nor whipped as well, as that organic farm cream.


heather jackson
1/18/2013 3:35:52 PM

We have definitely thought of getting a couple of pigs to feed the excess milk too! I'm currently researching housing/fencing requirements for them!


nebraska dave
1/17/2013 3:54:57 PM

Heather, yes, I have had a cow experience. In my high school years Dad bought a farm (114 acres) just outside of the city limits. I had farm experience from living the life up to age 10 until we moved to the city and from working on my uncle's farm during the summer months. When we moved back to the farm during my high school years, Dad bought a herd of 13 milk cows. They were mostly Holstein but we had one little jersey cow. Cuttiest little thing with big brown eyes that would melt the coldest heart. She didn't produce as much milk as the Holsteins but the butter fat (cream) content was twice what the Holsteins produced. She always had a very gentle nature. You are going to love the little Jersey cow you purchased. Those that have allot of milk usually venture into cheese making, yogurt making, and other milk related products. What did we use milk from 13 cows for? I bought a herd of pigs (25). We would separate the cream off the milk, save what we wanted for our use, and fed the rest to the pigs. They absolutely exploded and grew to market weight in time to pay for an entire year of college. College wasn't all that expensive back in 1965. Of course you could give it away to anyone who like raw milk. Selling it can cause some legal requirements and we never wanted to go that route. Have a great cow milking day.