by Jake Fraser, staff writer
Katie, our dairy cow, is now pregnant with her third calf, and will not be producing milk until after the calf is born.
Katie is a five year old Jersey breed. Jersey cows produce higher fat content in their milk than all other dairy breeds. The Farm Crew has sold Katie’s milk to the community for almost five years.
This Jersey girl’s “udders are taking a long needed break”, Cattle Crew boss Virginia explained.
“When a cow is lactating, they really put almost all of what they consume into milk production,” Hamilton said. “We slowly tapered off of milking to dry her off. This way all those nutrients can help her put on a little weight and help the developing calf.”
After the calf is born in October, Katie will be producing colostrum. Some consider colostrum to be a super food, full of antibodies and antioxidants. Before the development of antibiotics, colostrum was the main source of immunoglobulins used to fight infections. In fact, when Albert Sabin made his first oral vaccine against polio, the immunoglobulin he used came from bovine colostrum.