Thursday, October 15, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday


Surprise was our initial reaction when we found 
this cute red and white calf in the 
pasture this morning  while checking for  over 
night deliveries. This is a  a red and white 
Holstein  but when both the mother and father 
are black and white, 
it is a complete surprise to find a different color!


                                                  As you can see from the chart below, 
                                       there are 6 recognized breeds of dairy cattle.

                                    Each one is beautiful and has its own characteristics.
                                    The Holstein, which can be black and white or 
                                      red and white, is the largest of the dairy breeds
                                         and gives   the greatest volume of milk. 

                               During our sons' 4-H dairy project years we enjoyed 
                             raising  Guernseys, Brown Swiss, Ayrshire and Holstein.
                             We loved them all but the Holstein and Ayrshire are
                                        the breeds that are in today's milking herd. 

                                I'm thankful for these surprises that happen on just an 
                                              ordinary day down on the dairy farm.

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