You are cordially invited to join us for a day of fun and education focused on learning to care for a family cow.
Next Class: May 20th, 2017 from 9-5
Where: Mountain Haven Farm
Tuition: $85 We also welcome other mature family members to come and audit the class. $25 for the first and $15 each additional. Note: This normally does not include hands on milking time for auditors.
We also offer a couple of scholarships. If you would like to be considered, please send us your request or if you would like to suggest someone whom would benefit, please tell us (after you ask them if they would like to be entered : )
Reservations: Send a non-refundable $25 to hold your families spot via check to: Misty Morning Farm P.O. Box 682, Fulks Run, VA 22830
or paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include your address, email and phone number and all names of attendees. Cell phone and home so we have an emergency contact. We will send you the confirmation and details for the day.
This event is held at our daughters farm where they have a lovely barn in case of rain. They are having a new baby in the spring so we are greatly simplifying the food and decor. We will probably make a chemical and gluten free large pot of soup over the fire with fresh ground spelt corn bread and provide drinks and a snack thru the day. It is a busy time of year so we may or may not have anything else. But you will not go hungry or thirsty we promise : )
This will be an all-day event and will include several subjects revolving around the delight of milk cow care and stewardship so that you are much more confident to care for your very own Cud Chewing Beauty Queen aka Family Milk Cow : ). Subjects will include but not be limited to the following:
How to milk and train your first cow, tips and tricks
How to feed your cow for optimal rumen health, how to buy hay with many samples and their corresponding tests
How to train your calf, when is the PROPER time to wean your calf from milk, how to share milk with the calf
How to treat naturally. AND Where are the health food stores for cows or can my cow stay healthy on the status quo minerals etc. from my local feed store! How to avoid and treat mastitis. How to avoid and treat milk fever and ketosis. All three of these are the scourge of dairy cows. Testing options.
How to do simple rotational grazing to reduce weeds, improve forage variety and quality, and make your field more resistant to drought. How to draw earthworms and improve the soil fertility, simply.
How to recognize good, better and best hay and what to do if my hay is not the quality it needs to be to keep my cow in good condition. Healthy ways one can increase the energy in the diet without lots of grain and especially when there is not enough grazing?
How to use your excess milk.
Q and A Time thru out the day
Note: Students will not have a lot of hands on time milking the cow. Most importantly, we want to teach the techniques, but the reality of it is, you learn the techniques first and then over a couple weeks of milking you will become proficient. We want to focus on technique, not having time to each milk a cow. If you have clarification questions, please email us here.
We now have Milking School on DVD with a Companion Manual