Milk and Meat Cows, Pigs, Eggs and Boys

We love May the Milk Cow.  She has a bull calf that is about 6 weeks old now.  They are doing wonderfully.  We have an abundance of winter milk for which we are all thankful for. 

Having that milk drastically cuts our grocery bill as well.  Of course there is a lot of work that goes into getting that milk to the house everyday.  We love the fact that we have a handful of very energetic boys who can milk the cow now.  We look back at when we started farming and see a huge leap in what the boys can do now.  It’s amazing.  We have a 3rd cow milker in training currently. 

We’ve moved up the younger ones to take over some of the chores the bigger ones use to do.  Like collecting eggs…however, this has had its challenges.  A 13 year old is a lot more careful than say…a 7 year old….but after losing a few baskets of eggs to mysterious accidents…like tripping over the goat…he’s well on his way to becoming an expert egg collector.  He hands me baskets of eggs every evening….and now they are consistently not broken!

The 7 year old and 8 year old are also delivering slops to the pigs everyday.  That usually goes without incident, except recently somehow they lost the slop buck on their way back to the house.  I don’t understand how things like that happen…but they do.  Hopefully, we will have some pork soon. 

At the end of this year, our meat is almost gone and we’re having to reevaluate our “planning” on raising meat.  It should be timed so that you go from butchering to butchering without lag time waiting on animals to get ready.  When you are about to butcher your cow, don’t get so caught up in the glories of having your very own meat to stock your freezer with that you forget about the next cow that should be making its way into your pasture before or around the time you butcher the first one.  Keep the cycle going or you will end up with an empty freezer and no “next cow” ready to be butchered. 

Lessons learned…


  • Kalani says:

    I look forward when our chicks become hens and start laying eggs!
    I don’t know if you remember but a few months back, I(Kalani) emailed you on behalf of my parents asking if we could come and visit from IL. Well, just last month we officially moved to southern TN, and bought a 27 acre farm!
    It’s been extra nice know reading and learning from your website!

  • Kalani says:

    Opps! My mom corrected me, we moved to middle TN in Lawrenceburg, where many of the Old Order Amish live!

  • BethTN says:

    welcome to the great State of Tennessee — yes…lawrenceburg…i know where you are– the summer Plow Boy auction is a popular place for a lot of us 😉 maybe we’ll see you sometime.