Milking and Making Butter- Wordless Wednesday

This is our second oldest daughter milking. She’s our chief milker at the moment until we train the next one in line to milk. I have helped with milking but I think my nervousness unsettled Eclipse because she seemed jittery and moved a lot. Then again maybe I’m being paranoid and she was just antsy in her new home since I haven’t milked since the first week. Eclipse does seem to do better for our daughter, whom the cow loves I might add! Over the weekend, Eclipse watched the children go from one end of the property, down the tree line to the other end and mooed in their direction after our daughter went over with her younger siblings. Then when our daughter came back across the field, Eclipse followed her again by walking the fence line to greet her – if that isn’t affection, I don’t know what is!

Since Eclipse has been on pasture her cream (and milk) has been slowly increasing. Today the girls got 6 cups of cream from two gallons of milk and made two pounds of butter! The photos below are not all of the same day. The milk bottles are actually some of our very first. The butter photos are from today. All they do is put the cream in a pint or quart sized jar and shake it until it forms butter. The girls like to shake it until it forms a ball, which eliminates the need to shape the butter by hand! Pretty smart, eh?

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FFR Milking and Butter Making

It’s a fun milking and making butter! My husband is very happy not to have to stop for milk after work!

Happy not-so-Wordless Wednesday!

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17 comments

  1. Maryann says:

    you all are so cool

  2. Kathleen says:

    That is so cool. My boys love making their own butter, although we do not milk the cows LOL.

  3. Maria Iemma says:

    My Dad had cows when I was growing up and we all learned to milk the cow (the best milk ever) and making butter was my Mom’s job

  4. Maryann, you are cool too!

    Kathleen, you’ve gotta try milking the cows with your boys! Bet they’d love it!

    That’s great, Maria! We actually all help shake the butter, but I usually give the girls credit because they do the bulk of the work. ;)

  5. That’s really cool! My kids would love to be able to milk a cow!

  6. courtney says:

    Wow so cool and fun!

  7. How cool! I use to make butter with my mom when I was younger

  8. That’s so amazing!

  9. Sheri says:

    That’s awesome. We used to make our own butter when I was a kid. I loved how it tasted.

  10. Mellisa says:

    This is amazing.

  11. Stefani says:

    That would be so cool to do.

  12. Sheilacakes says:

    We made butter recently too. :) I am not sure Noah would milk a cow though.

  13. Way cool.
    Shoot that reminds me, we’re outta milk!

  14. Angela says:

    This is so neat!

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