Saturday, August 29, 2009

dairy cows at the washington county fair

14 Comments:

Blogger From the Country Farm said...

sometime in the near future we'll be getting a dairy cow, my son has been after me for one for a few years now......mind you he's 8!!! I told him we'd soo how it went with milking our goat for now. He loves "homemade milk", cheese and soap!

August 29, 2009 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger From the Country Farm said...

oops, I mean that I told him we'd SEE how it goes....

August 29, 2009 at 9:15 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

that's great! I would love a miniature dairy cow to start. But I can't get a dairy animal just yet!

August 29, 2009 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

If I ever get into cows, I think I want Dexters, but oh Lordy do they cost a lot!

August 29, 2009 at 10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tara-

Dexters are so adorable! I wish I wasn't allergic to cow milk, because I'd love to get one.

August 29, 2009 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

I'd want jerseys or guerns I think. I'd keep the milkers and slaughter the steers for the freezer. Cows are a ways off.

Tara, being a texan farmer don't you have to have at least one head of cattle by law?!

August 29, 2009 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger kandy Gray said...

that is funny, i went to a country fair in Airs Cliff in the eastern townships (quebec near the VT border) with my husband on friday. unfortunately, going just confirmed how miserable my hubby would be in the country and surrounded by farm animals and chores.

while i was admiring how the 4 to 8 year olds were able to control and move their show sheep so well (after having my hand repeatedly ground between a feeding station and a mini sheep's head), he was complaining about all the noise that the sheep were making and demanding a hot dog. the only cows he showed any intreat in in the dairy barn were the Angus (so...where do the stakes come from?) and the poultry barn showing lovely show birds "creeped him out", also, he was "pretty shore you cant get hight speed internet here, cant live with-ought hi speed you know. what do these people do"

so, 3 laying hens in a well kept hut seems to be as close as i will get to homesteading. sigh,,,

jena, you are living my dream, no presser... :-)

kandy

August 29, 2009 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Hahaha! You may be right, Jenna. But I have longhorns on one side of me, and assorted beef cattle across from me, and they occasionally wander onto our property, so I think that counts. :) Hardly anyone keeps dairy cattle here.

August 29, 2009 at 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The family just spent an entire day at Billing Farm over in VT. We loved checking out the dairy gilrs. We did own goats, but after my hubby lost his job they were the first to go. :( We will get more someday. After alot of research I was leaning towards a Dexter...but now I think we will think more baout goats instead. So many multi tasking things you can earn from keeping goats. I hope your cow owning days arent to far off for you. Wish you the best!

August 29, 2009 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

Get thee to the Iowa State Fair. While it might be a celebration of all things mainstream in agriculture these days, you never know what you're gonna see. The Avenue of Breeds, the Dairy, Swine, Sheep, and Horse Barns, the kids showing for 4-H, the fair is still the best platform to celebrate American agriculture today. Besides, if you ever get to the ISF, besides everything else that is the fair, you need to spend time in the Varied Industries Building. Fresh baked choclate chip cookies and every possible gew gaw for sale that mankind can think of, and air conditioning.

August 29, 2009 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger nancmcp said...

L.A. county fair starts next week and I can't wait. Cows, sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens, etc, etc.

Different breed horse show every day. Crafts of all kinds. Plants.

Can you tell I'm excited? Even though it's a county fair it's bigger than any state fair I've ever been to.

I love talking to the folks who raise all these critters!

August 29, 2009 at 7:55 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

When I saw the pic I thought oh boy here she goes again another animal for her farm ;) Actually cows are pretty easy to take care of. My husband raised a few dairy bulls for about six months and then had them butchered. One thing though if you are going to raise them for meat DO NOT name them. He got attached to them and was kind of depressed when he thought about the cow the meat came from but boy was that meat ever good. He pastured them and fed then mostly hay and grain no antibiotics and they were very healthy. If we ever save up enough money for a small farm he wants a dairy cow or some dairy goats...can take the boy off the farm but not the farm out of the boy...lol

August 30, 2009 at 1:41 AM  
Blogger ClarissaA said...

Oh I grew up in Los Angeles and now that I'm in New England the only thing I miss (besides family of course) is the county fair. We have the Eastern States Exposition which with 5 states is still not as good. Okay so I also have occasional real amusement park twinges but they pass quickly...
I wish I had the space for a cow but I think goats will be the way we go. Not only do they take up less space but the production is more in line with what we would regularly use (and with the arthritis in the shoulder they'd be easier to handle) And there's another LACF memory... Fresh chocolate goats milk - the dairy barn was always the first thing we hit in the morning.

August 30, 2009 at 1:46 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Yay! That's gonna be me this weekend! I'm going to be showing the dairy cows. It really is so much fun.

August 30, 2009 at 7:37 AM  

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