Sunday, January 27, 2013

#19 - Dudley With an Attitude - Jersey bull portrait

6X8 oil on mounted canvas $100
Includes shipping and insurance US
Meet Dudley. AKA Youstis. Owned by Oscar. Loaned to Karen. All live in Alabama.
If YOU lived in Alabama, the only way you could legally enjoy the delightful benefits and nutrition of fresh milk would be to raise the cow yourself. No where is it legal to sell it for human consumption.
In Texas, however, fresh (unpasteurized) milk is legal to sell, providing the dairy meets strict sanitary guidelines and gets certified. There are at least 3 dairies like this within 20 miles of me. Another way to enjoy fresh milk would be to join a farm co-op. Individuals purchase a share of the farms animals and/or produce. Not only do they share in the consumption of the produce, but they often share in the costs and actual production (hoeing, picking, milking, etc). In some states the legality of these co-ops have come under scrutiny. Fortunately in Texas, the rights of individuals to choose what nutrition they put in their bodies is still recognized.
Update on Aunt Abbey: As I reported earlier, we sold both of Aunt Abbey's 5 month old bull calves, and the same day we purchased 2 more babies from the sale barn. Both calves immediately got serious diarrhea (scours), though, partly because this cow's milk is about 33% cream - too rich for baby tummies. So I decided to milk the cow myself, separate the the cream, and then bottle feed the calves for a couple weeks until their digestive systems mature. As a result, I am tied to the farm, milking twice a day - which means clean the cow and equipment twice a day. AND feed the calves twice a day, plus in-between-feeding of electrolytes. AND then find someone to help consume all this EXTRA milk and cream!!!! I am freezing some of it, but Abbey makes 2 1/2 gallons of milk a day, 1/3 of it cream. The calves are only getting a 1 1/2 gallons right now. The fridge is full. But the CALVES are doing well, and that's good.....I'm tired.
Deuteronomy 8:18
But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.

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