One of my challenges since getting Gracie, our Jersey cow, is figuring out how much and what to feed her. I can’t say I’ve figured it out. In fact, I know I haven’t. This picture shows that I’m on the right track.
The cheese on the left was made 3 days ago, after 2 weeks of improving the amount and quality of alfalfa and orchard grass Gracie ate. The cheese on the right is how my cheese has been for most of my weeks with her: half the size I would expect from an equal quantity of milk and brittle from lack of cream.
She gave birth and gave lots of good quality milk and cream, but that lasted only a few weeks. Then the milk dropped in both quantity and quality. Everything I made, from cheese to kefir, turned out with half the volume and not creamy or smooth. This was discouraging and frustrating, to say the least. Not only because things I knew to do like old hat (my favorite cheeses) were simply not cooperating time after time after time, but because I worried that I was failing Gracie. To her credit, she’s a patient soul (though she still kicks during milking) and keeps feeding her baby and feeding us while we figure out how best to feed her.
I am very curious if you have seen differences in your milk or dairy foods depending on what and how much your cow is eating? Please share!
I’m adding this post to this week’s Tuesday Twister. Please head over there to share what you’ve been up to in your GNOWFGLINS kitchen lately.