Posted by mooBlogger on February 5, 2009
Today, with the plethora of different types of milk available at the supermarket I wonder what ever happened to the stuff my father used to milk by hand from the cows at his boarding school. That was real milk, the only kind you could get, unadulterated, straight from the cow that those boys drank for breakfast. Now days however, it seems big business has bastardized milk to the point I’m not sure if you can truthfully call the stuff milk any more. I find the situation very disappointing especially as law makers, in cahoots with big dairy companies have made the sale of real milk illegal.
Well have I got some good news for you. Get yourself some real milk by going directly to the source. Get yourself a family cow. But before you do, get yourself a copy of Joann Grohman’s book “Keeping a Family Cow”. This book is a practical guide to buying, feeding, breeding, milking, and generally caring for a dairy cow.
Even if you only have the slightest desire to milk your own cow, this book will convince you to take the plunge. Joann’s style is very straight forward, accessible and often humorous. The book is chock full of hard won information that I have referred to often in raising and milking my own cows.
This is how Joann summarises her book from the back cover;
The cow is the most productive, efficient creature on earth. She will give you fresh milk, cream, butter, and cheese, building health or even making you money. She will provide rich manure for your garden or land. Each year she will give you a calf to raise, sell, or use for meat. Every day she will enrich the quality of your life as you benefit from the resources of the natural world. Quite simply, the family that keeps a cow is a healthy family.
This book is intended as an inspirational manual for keeping a family cow. A lifetime of practical experience has been bound into one volume and presented in the spirit of fun and learning.
You will find the book simply a delight to read, it is by far my favorite dairy book, a book I wouldn’t be without.