Milking the good life; Organic farming easy choice
There are 1 comment on the The Recorder - Greenfield, Massachusetts story from May 27, 2007, titled Milking the good life; Organic farming easy choice. In it, The Recorder - Greenfield, Massachusetts reports that:
“It's not going to be a problem for us to fit the certification rules for dairy herds. We found that with pasturing, our animals were so much healthier.”
Contented cows not withstanding, it's hard to find a contented Massachusetts dairy farmer these days. via The Recorder - Greenfield, Massachusetts
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#1 May 30, 2007
I very much agree with the practices described in this article. I have goats, but when I first started milking them, I was trying to use the practices I had seen most dairy farmers using. It was an exercise in frustration until I talked to my 70+ year old mother. I asked her how they managed when they had several cows to milk. She replied that they milked once a day and left the calves on the mothers (thus removing the need to milk more than once a day). The cows were pastured and fed feed grown on the farm. She concluded that the family always had more than enough milk and their cows were very healthy, living and producing much longer than cows on dairy farms today. When I no longer treated my goats like mega-farm producers, they were more manageable and healthier and I am much happier.
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