Aunty Del is such a good house cow that I have decided to keep her as long as I am able. She seems to have hit her stride and now she is pumping along. She swans into the milking shed without hesitation, milks eating her greens or hay though she still refuses to leave when she is done. ( She will only leave when I fill a small bowl with grain and call her out into the quad). She never makes a mess or a fuss. She milks out very fast and evenly. Her milk production is still much lower than Lady Astor but this is only her first season. Her teats are very small she would be difficult to hand milk I think. But her milk is clean and tasty.
Ayrshire milk is bright white and not as creamy. The Holstein/Dutch Belted milk is creamier looking and tasting. For a drinking milk I prefer the Ayrshire. Aunty Del is an Ayrshire. For the yogurts and cheeses Lady Astor has the best milk.
Until I started milking I never even thought about milk from different cows tasting different and having different characteristics other than the obvious butterfat count. But many hens lay different eggs with different sizes and colours and different yolks. So it stands to reason. Even their eating habits are very different: Aunty will milk eating hay or greens whereas Lady Astor will have a total break down if there is no grain mixed in with her hay and greens. Lady will eat zuchinni and tomatoes though and Aunty Del literally turns her nose up at them.
Lady Astor still enters the Milking shed as though she is being led to her own execution and leaves immediately she is released.
Aunty always comes to the barn first when I call them in for milking. Lady follows along behind at her own pace. (The flies are still being a nuisance though we have a few cool days ahead of us which will give us a break).
They are so different but both good cows. And not one drop of their milk is wasted. The chickens and the pigs make sure of that.
The Frenchmen have another week here and then I will be on my own for a while. Though the gardens will take a bit of keeping up with I am quite looking forward to toddling along by myself just me and the animals and some restful family visiting. We have had people in the house since April and in mid-August more woofers are booked. I will miss having someone in the kitchen – Axel has turned out to be quite the cook. (He is tall and has been known to place annoying meowing cats up into the rafters of the verandah to think about their behaviour).
I hope you have a lovely day.