This may seem like a silly question to some of you farm people, but we get this question in the store fairly often. While farming was once a common career in the United States, less than 1% claim farming as an occupation. As the general public grows farther and farther away from its roots, we find they become curious about where their food is coming from. As they should! One of our goals in starting this blog was to give our customers a place to find the answers to their questions. So here we go!
In order for a cow to produce milk, she must first give birth to a baby calf. Our cows usually give birth for the first time around the age of 2 years. Then after they have given birth to an adorable little one, they produce milk.
After a cow has her first calf, she is able to produce milk for about a year. During this year she is bred again, and produces milk up until she goes on “maternity leave” for the last 3 months of her pregnancy. During this time period these cows are kept in a special area of the barn where they can be pampered and watched a little more closely to ensure they have everything they need grow to a healthy calf.
We have detailed systems to keep track of every one of our cows and their needs. My dad, brother, and the rest of the crew are highly trained in observing the cows, seeing their needs, and taking care of them in the best way possible. From custom diets to sanitary bedding, the cows are taken care of like they’re family. Because they are.