In many ways this week seems like it was the longest week of my life. In many other ways, this week was characterized as a monumental week for our family in regards to how we operate as a family. Our lives dramatically fell into a ultra-scheduling routine on its own and we are all the more sore and tired because of it.
We have been keeping a record on a white board of what time we milk, how many gallons of milk we are getting, notes about her behavior, as well as other farm notes such as how many eggs made it into the house unbroken. As we were looking back over the week, we enjoyed some of the stats the week gave us:
- We maintained a twice a day milking schedule every day averaging milk times at about 6:30 am and pm.
- We milked over 18 gallons of milk !!!
- We dramatically increased our milking speed and lengthened the time we can milk before we have to stop to complain about how sore our muscles are.
- We can officially make froth and bubbles. Joann Grohman says in her book, Keeping a Family Cow, “When you are able to finish with a strong layer of foam on the milk, consider yourself a pro.” While we aren’t pro’s yet, we are making progress amid the aches and pains.
- We are still learning a lot about cows and milking and are greatly enjoying our abundant supply of milk and all that it supplies (butter, cream, etc.) even if it is a great commitment for us.