I (kate) did a short interview for a local radio show while I was working a bit at Lucky Dog Farm this morning. And since I have begun milking Sierra again...(who I must say has matured quite a bit from her teenage skittering of last year.) she was very much on my mind. During the interview I spoke about how milking Sierra last year was anything BUT bucolic for the first month. Here is a small snippet...Because she is a Jersey, she is a ferocious mother. It is in her genes. And Jerseys are also notoriously jumpy.                  So for the first few weeks every time I tried to milk her she had a dance party... And usually my forearms were caught up in the mix. So how would you react to a cow kicking you (what seemed like) on purpose?!!! I yelled. I cried. I pleaded. I tried punching her back...all of this didn't go the way I wanted it to. Luckily we both were saved by an amazing invention..the 'kick stop'....no not a prescription drug, just a simple device that goes around her hip and over her back bone. It doesn't hurt..as far as I can tell. But when she goes to lift her foot to kick at me, she can't make it past a certain point. A few tries that don't work out and she stops trying. By the middle of the summer, Aaron and Greg (apprentices) didn’t even use the kick stop every time. By the end of the second month she was doing great.. even allowing visiting children to milk her!!

        The last two days, now that she has freshened again..I have been revisiting that time in my heart and soul...I am realizing how much I have grown from that experience and even how much she has grown. It is sort of odd and beautiful to know an animal as well as that. But there it is. I guess I am honored to be able to have such a relationship with her, as I feel honored to be able to dig my hands into the dirt every growing season. Thank goodness the ground doesn't spit dirt back at you when you try to plant carrots! (or maybe it does?) Now the part I need to figure out is how to make some money while doing these things that I cherish. Stay tuned to see how it turns out...

In other news: more lambs, and our first batch of broiler chicks arrived today!

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AuthorDaniel Marsiglio
CategoriesAnimals