September 5, 2008

I am combing the cow forums. If I am not at the barn, I am home trying to learn more about cows. Today I learned this acronym: CALPC.

Do you know what that means? It means cows are like potato chips. You can't have just one. This is literal. Cows are herd animals. They need each other. This is obvious in terms of production. Where there is milk, there are babies. And I've learned, if you want to milk most of the year you need two cows, one fresh and one pregnant. Which you will realise, being super mathematically quick folks, means two babies a year. No, wait, it means one baby a year. Is that right? Well, math was never my strong suit. But cows make more cows, that has become crystal clear.

Uh oh. I think we need our own farm. I am not kidding. Not one tiny bit. We are however, the opposite of able to buy a farm. We are in debt. I bought the cow to save money.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! That's a good one! Save money! hahahahahahah, I'm still laughing...


Heather said...

I never knew you needed more than one cow. Is it an emotional thing? Pheromones? It can't be from halted milk production, as I'm pretty sure you can get extra milk from a cow at least as long as they're nursing their own babies, which is something close to a year. Right? Then you keep up the milking after weaning. Right? Well, it's a good thing I'm not the one raising a cow.

It seems you do things much in the same way I do: jump in with both feet, and learn what you need to know along the way. I'm thinking if you had read so much about this *before* you got the cow, you may have reconsidered. But then, look at all you'd have missed out on. ;) A spontaneous life is so much more exciting.

Katherine said...

Jump in over my head and then learn to swim? Yep.

Thinking that milking a cow was kind of like nursing? Yep. That's what I thought. But not so much. You either take the baby the second day or you only milk the cow once a day. There are benefits to either method. But if you want lots of milk, it appears you keep your cow producing babies every year or in tandem with another cow every other year. And then you have babies all over the place. You eat those or you sell them or you raise them. But as with children, I'm told you look up one day and think, "now where did that herd come from again?"

And this is all sinking in right now. One little cow to milk quickly becomes a herd in a pasture. Who knew?