IT IS ILLEGAL TO SELL RAW MILK IN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY
Now that was said. Maybelline is our family cow. I am milking her again from May and for the next ten months after MoonPie was born. This past year I made Yogurt, Greek Yogurt, Ricotta, Mozzarella, Feta, Cottage Cheese, Cream Cheese, Butter, Cheddar Cheese, Gouda, Swiss, Gruyere, Fontina, Caerphilly, Battuerkase, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, Colby, and others....
This is Maybelline waiting to go in to be milked. Dairy cows are meant to be lean and she is in perfect condition here. It takes a lot to keep their nutrition balanced and tailored to their individual needs. She eats as much good grass as she can consume, along with top quality alfalfa. Plus a bit of kale, cabbage and apples...
If you have any questions about Maybelline or the gallons of lovely dairy products I make for our family contact me.
MoonPie was born right on schedule, May 8th, 2015. Cute as a button and batting those long Jersey eyelashes at us. She can be seen intermittently playing in the front pasture on the right end of the barn. She generally isn't out on hot sunny days because there is no shade there, but you might catch her in the late afternoons.
Maybelline. Our Family Cow. This photo was taken in 2012 within the first few days she had moved in.
Finding my Maybelline was a journey. I wanted a Jersey cow for a number of reasons. Primarily, the fact that Jersey milk is higher in protein and butterfat than any other breed of cow. Plus they aren't too big. Typically, a grown Jersey cow will be about 750 pounds. Small for a cow.
They also don't produce milk like the big Holsteins do either. It's a manageable 5 to 8 gallons of milk a day with incredibly high butterfat and protein. Perfect for cheese and yogurt.
Plus they are pretty. REALLY pretty. Just look at those eyes.
Maybelline has now taken over a lot of our home and hearts. She has playpens in the front yard and you can visit her most warm sunny afternoons near the farmstand.