Do I need the cream? Nope. Do I need two gallons of milk every week? Nope. It's just that years of having milk cows makes me want to know how much a dairy cow is giving. Here's what I brought in this morning:
|a champion Holstein cow|
The amazing thing is that there are Holsteins on dairy farms that easily give twice this much milk. "Holstein cows give more milk than any other dairy breed in the U.S. The average Holstein cow produces around 23,000 pounds of milk, or 2,674 gallons, of milk each lactation. With a standard lactation lasting 305 days, that comes out to 75 pounds, or almost 9 gallons of milk per cow per day."
If I had the inclination, this would be a good time to try some cheese-making. I even have the cultures on hand to do so, from experimentation a couple of years ago. Somehow, with a baby around the house and pesky knees, it just seems like too much trouble.
There is no way we will even consume one gallon of milk this week, let alone two, unless I make potato soup or something like that. The rest of the milk will be set out on the counter in a few days to clabber (sour and thicken) for the chickens.
Here's what it boils down to: Having milked cows for most of my married life, it just seems like I need a dairy cow around. I enjoy the interaction with a cow. I'm happier with a Jersey cow around. Gracie is only part Jersey, but she will do.