Unlike most dairies whose herds are bred for production, our herd was specifically bred for grazing. Our cows have a more natural lactation and produce less milk than your average dairy cow- about one-third of the milk on average. In a day, one of our girls will produce 35 pounds (or around 4 gallons) of milk.
We are constantly looking to improve our genetics and selectively breed our mixed herd of Holstein and Jersey crosses with Linebacks, Milking Shorthorns, Dutch Belted, and New Zealand Friesians. This produces an animal that is not overly huge and tend to do better on an intensively pastured diet and still have a decent milk production. Our cows are stronger, able to walk to and from our fields, and are overall in better health. In short- we select cows and genetics that bring our cows back to a more natural animal as nature intended- moving her away from her industry production bred cousin.
Holsteins originate from the Dutch provinces of North Holland and Friesland which today is Northern Germany. They are known as the world's highest-producing cow.
Originating from Great Britain, they are red, red with white markings, white, or roan. Milking Shorthorns are known for their durability, longevity, and ease of calving.
The Dutch were very protective of their belted cattle and would generally not part with them. The cattle were highly prized for their milking and fattening abilities. The breed began to flourish in the Netherlands around 1750. Today, the cow is rare its conservation status is listed as critical.
NEW ZEALAND FRIESIAN
A natural cousin to the Holstein, New Zealand Friesians make up 60% of all grazing cattle in New Zealand and are known to be good producers.
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