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All That Milk

Apr
6


Oh, the plans I have for my pretty brown cow! I see cream cheese, cheddar, swiss, mozzarella, butter, whipped cream, and so much more!


Several people asked–what will I do with two gallons of milk a day? Two gallons a day is actually pretty perfect. This sweet “career girl” cow was giving four gallons a day, between two milkings. Her current owners worked her down to one milking a day at two gallons because that was just right and enough for their family. It sounds just right for me, too. For one thing, it cuts the work in half. I’ll milk her in the morning and take care of handling it then I’ll have the rest of the day off cow-duty. Other than the part where I’m putting bonnets on her head and draping her in dandelion necklaces.

Fourteen gallons of milk a week sounds like a lot–but it’s really not. We only need a couple of gallons a week for milking and baking, but there’s so much more to milk than milk. Your average hard cheese starts with two gallons of milk, yielding one to two pounds of cheese depending on the recipe. Cheeses like ricotta and mozzarella usually start with a gallon. It takes a lot of milk to make a little cheese. Two gallons of milk will yield one to two quarts of cream (depending on the time of year and other factors). Two quarts of cream will yield (depending on the method and type) a pound of cream cheese or a half-pound of butter. Then there’s whipped cream and sour cream. Think of all the various dairy products you use in a week. Don’t forget the yogurt and ice cream! And what if you didn’t have to buy any of it anymore!

Hard cheeses are aged for a long time–so you have to build up a supply to use at your leisure later on. You can also freeze milk. The cow won’t always be in milk! If they’re pregnant, they need to be dried off a few months before they deliver. (It’s like putting away eggs in the freezer for when your chickens aren’t laying.)

If you have far too much extra, the milk can even be used to feed other animals. (Nothing goes to waste on a farm!)

Most cheesemaking and other home dairy processes aren’t any more time-intensive than making a loaf of bread. Start the cheese, hang the cheese, press the cheese–these are all relatively quick tasks then the magic happens while you’re leaving it alone.

A typical week here, after a couple of gallons for drinking and baking, will probably mean a hard cheese or two, lots of butter for cooking and baking and bread, some sour cream and cream cheese, and ricotta and mozzarella if I’m making lasagna, mozzarella a couple more times for pizza (which I often make once a week), and oh, the ice cream! Some yogurt if I’m in the mood. We might hold some kind of wet t-shirt milk bath wrestling tournaments for the neighboring farm girls, too. (Just checking to see if you’re paying attention.)

Fourteen gallons could go pretty quick. I can’t wait for my cow to get here!

As for her name–a number of people asked about that, too. She doesn’t have one, which I think is tragic, and of course she needs one! Suggest a name in the comments here and we’ll pick out a handful of our favorites then I’ll put up a poll and let you all vote to choose her name!

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  1. 4-6
    1:17
    am

    I think Daisy is a good name for her. Or maybe even Julie! Oh I know, hOw about Janet.

  2. 4-6
    1:31
    am

    She looks like a Maggie to me — Miss Margaret when you’re feeling formal. :-)

  3. 4-6
    1:35
    am

    Sounds like you have a good plan for all that milk! (You’ll have to do a few “commercials” here on the blog using the “Got Milk” theme.) As for a name, I was thinking Daisy too, especially when you mentioned a bonnet and dandelion necklaces. Not sure how I’d feel about you naming your cow Julie as suggested in the first comment :-)

  4. 4-6
    2:08
    am

    I like the name Daisy!

  5. 4-6
    2:32
    am

    A lot of dairy folks use a theme to name their cattle. Each cow and her daughters have a theme like flowers, trees,a holiday,gemstones, or anything that strikes your fancy. A tree themed cow family might have Maple, Cedar, Peach, Redbud, Tamarack…you get the idea.

  6. 4-6
    3:26
    am

    She looks like a “Delilah” to me!

  7. 4-6
    3:54
    am

    How about Elsie? Or Bessie?

  8. 4-6
    3:55
    am

    what about millie or gretchen???

  9. 4-6
    4:38
    am

    What about Clover? The name I gave a cow in my virtual farm.

  10. 4-6
    4:54
    am

    I respectfully suggest Mavis.
    Dunno why.

  11. 4-6
    4:57
    am

    Dandelion

  12. 4-6
    5:12
    am

    Pixar. Just because I like it.

  13. 4-6
    5:15
    am

    Suzanne! I am so happy for you, your cow is beautiful! What a wonderful gift from 52 and the perfect new addition to your paradise. Can hardly wait to see her in hats and daisy necklaces
    I’m torn between naming her Betsy or Carmelle.
    :heart: Pam

  14. 4-6
    5:25
    am

    How about Molly.

  15. 4-6
    5:25
    am

    How about Cammie. Do you have an extra fridge to store all that in? You better have a backup milker for when your hands get tired!! It will take a while to get 2 gallons out. I tried your mozzarella cheese recipe and it is so easy!! And came out great! My goat is giving a quart a day, milking once a day, wish it was more. Have fun!

  16. 4-6
    5:25
    am

    i vote for maggie…she just looks like a maggie to me. :cowsleep:

  17. 4-6
    5:42
    am

    How about Buttercup?

  18. 4-6
    5:42
    am

    or blossom of course!

  19. 4-6
    5:56
    am

    Emeline….

  20. 4-6
    5:58
    am

    I like Gertie, short for Gertrude, or Bete, short for Beatrice!

  21. 4-6
    5:59
    am

    those are all great names. i think she looks like a fiona, just dont name her kelly. that was the name of mrs. olearys cow! lol , im just glad you now have a cow. what is a farm without a cow? anyway good luck in choosing the name. maybe you can make a video so we can see her in action.i love your videos of the animals. have a beautiful day everyone

  22. 4-6
    6:04
    am

    Carlie pops into mind when I saw her picture.

  23. 4-6
    6:15
    am

    Daisy, of course!

  24. 4-6
    6:23
    am

    Hello. This is my first time visiting. Love your blog. Your lovely cow has the most gorgeous eyes, like that of a deer. I rather fancy Jane-Doe. I also like cute names like Puddles and Potsy. Good luck.

  25. 4-6
    6:28
    am

    I like Miss Adelaide, Addie for short.
    Or, Miss Harriett (Hattie).
    There’s also Ingrid or Miss Fannie. It is so much fun naming a new “member of the family”.
    She is a pretty cow and looks as if she has something to say. Like she is going to start into a milk commercial. They say that if you name a cow it gives more milk.
    Maybe you could have a cheese giveaway!!

  26. 4-6
    6:37
    am

    When I saw her I thought she looked like a Daisy. So she should be Daisy.

    With all your canning, eggs, goat milk and now cow milk. How many freazers and how mucy panty space do you have??? Where do you store all your can goods you put up?

  27. 4-6
    6:40
    am

    Happiness is a full udder! How about “MILLIE” which is as close to the word “milk” as you can get?

  28. 4-6
    6:43
    am

    When you were writing about getting her, I thought she was a Brown Swiss, being brown and all. So I was going to suggest a Swiss girl’s name. I don’t known…Katrinka comes to mind. But she’s a Jersey… maybe Adrienne? You know…”Yo! Adrienne!”

  29. 4-6
    6:47
    am

    Coco or Gloria since she was acquired on Easter and Coco is a cooking favorite AND a Gloria is, well, glorious.

    Our thoughts are with the families of the miners today. A sad event.

    Jan
    GDP

  30. 4-6
    7:07
    am

    Oh, so many things to do :happyfeet:

    I like Miss Mae, then I’d end up calling her Maebelle.

  31. 4-6
    7:09
    am

    I’m thinking Grace because she was bought on/around Easter…like God’s Grace!

  32. 4-6
    7:11
    am

    Peaches!

  33. 4-6
    7:18
    am

    She looks like Claire to me.

  34. 4-6
    7:19
    am

    :purpleflower: MOCHA MOO!! :purpleflower:
    Hugs Granny Trace’

  35. 4-6
    7:19
    am

    I think she looks like a Rachel.

  36. 4-6
    7:23
    am

    Maebelle :cowsleep: maybe Belle for short…

  37. 4-6
    7:23
    am

    What a beautiful girl…her name? How about Molly Malone. You will be very busy with all that milk, but it sounds like you can do it!

  38. 4-6
    7:33
    am

    I agree with so many others that she just looks like a “Daisy”.

    And as for another use for milk? You do realize there are recipes for SOAP that use milk, right?!
    =-)

  39. 4-6
    7:35
    am

    She has the look of a Bessie to me.

  40. 4-6
    7:41
    am

    I love wammy’s idea of callin her Grace . . . or Gracie.

  41. 4-6
    7:44
    am

    Mabel the milk cow. She looks like Mrs. Mabel.

  42. 4-6
    7:46
    am

    Nellie Belle. She’ll need a cowbell, of course!

  43. 4-6
    7:47
    am

    Hazel. Or as previously mentioned, Mavis.

  44. 4-6
    7:49
    am

    I like the name Bossie for a cow.She looks like a down-to-business type of girl.

  45. 4-6
    7:50
    am

    Since she is a ‘working girl’, how about Rosie as in Rosie the Riveter from WWII fame?
    She’s beautiful…love those eyes and those gorgeous eyelashes! i’m thinking flower necklaces and lovely bonnets will just be stunning on her! She’s such a lucky cow to be coming to your farm.

  46. 4-6
    8:00
    am

    Oh I love Elsie the spokescow for Borden – she’s such a pretty girl too! But I like the Gracie idea too…..

    dede

  47. 4-6
    8:04
    am

    Charlotte.

    I did not have the time to read all the above comments … apologies if this is a duplication.

    Charlotte Brown has a ring to it ;)

  48. 4-6
    8:05
    am

    You keep calling her a ‘working girl’ which, to this movie watcher of old, brings to mind one of the classics, “Working Girl”! I think Tess is perfectly appropriate for this particular bovine! Happy day! :)

  49. 4-6
    8:07
    am

    How about Florence, or Flo for short!

  50. 4-6
    8:07
    am

    Madame Bovary, Maddie if you want to be less formal.

  51. 4-6
    8:13
    am

    I adore Tess!

  52. 4-6
    8:14
    am

    Delilah for sure!

  53. 4-6
    8:15
    am

    The perfect cow name–Daisy!

  54. 4-6
    8:19
    am

    Priscilla (Cream of the Dessert). Yes, I know the movie is “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”, but that sweet cow is going to give you such yummy desserts!

  55. 4-6
    8:22
    am

    Name her after me….. Mary, lol

  56. 4-6
    8:24
    am

    Sweet Adeline! BTW is there a farmers market in your area? If so you could offer your milk products especially the hard cheeses for sale there.

  57. 4-6
    8:27
    am

    I think CindyP’s suggestion of Mae or Maebelle is a great name! Daisy too.

    My great-grandfather was a farmer and he had a favorite brown swiss that was more pet than cow. Her name was Brownie, but that isn’t very original.

  58. 4-6
    8:30
    am

    awe Im hungry for cheese now!!

    How about Dulce? as in dulce de leche or caramel milk. she is brown.
    Edna
    agnes…

    when naming my dog i had to think of a name that sounded good when yelled haha i didn’t want to call for her screaming something silly and having the neighbors stare. you don’t have neighbors so probably wouldn’t care about hollering fluffybutt or something silly. :lol:

  59. 4-6
    8:32
    am

    Our jersey/guernsey/brown swiss cow that we had growing up was named Ellie. She was the sweetest, best-producing cow we ever had. She finally died at the age of 17, having produced milk for 15 of those years.

  60. 4-6
    8:35
    am

    Long ago and in a land faraway(when I was a child)we had a beautiful jersey cow named Ruby. But there is also a song or a poem my Dad used to sing about Bessie the heifer.

  61. 4-6
    8:37
    am

    Such a sweet face! Those big brown eyes! Those lashes! She is darling! Oh, to be you Suzanne, you’re a lucky gal!

  62. 4-6
    8:38
    am

    I agree with one of Natalie’s suggestions, Gretchen seems like a perfect fit. I also like Addie which Laura B. mentioned.

  63. 4-6
    8:39
    am

    I’m with the others – Daisy would be a good name for her. As for the pic of the “other end” her teats look well placed, and the definition indentation between the teats looks good, too. You made a good choice in her.

  64. 4-6
    8:42
    am

    Oh! and good luck with naming her, there have been many good suggestions. You’ll figure it out. Maxine, maybe? Tula?

  65. 4-6
    8:43
    am

    Her name should be Buttercup!!!
    grace and peace,
    julie

  66. 4-6
    8:47
    am

    :snuggle: How about a title instead of a name – The Dairy Queen.

  67. 4-6
    8:48
    am

    I think she looks like a Daisy.

    I also think she will look beautiful in a tiara! :moo:

  68. 4-6
    8:51
    am

    We already have a cat named Buttercup! (Love that name.)

  69. 4-6
    8:56
    am

    I’m with Leah – Belle – “Mae Belle” for a proper old West Virginia hills kind of name :clover:

  70. 4-6
    9:00
    am

    My Grandma disliked her name because she thought it was a cow’s name: Bessie.

  71. 4-6
    9:18
    am

    I would like to suggest a name. Maci Moo!!! She’s the cow for you.

  72. 4-6
    9:19
    am

    Buttercup, would have been nice, except, I see you have a Buttercup cat. Good Morning Suzanne. I posted @ Sam e. enjoyed your poem. :)

  73. 4-6
    9:25
    am

    I have just recently discovered your blog, and I love it! I am so jealous (in a good way) of your cow! I cannot wait to have one too eventually (and chickens, and a goat…). Your talk of putting a bonnet on her made me giggle—you MUST do it!—and reminded me of a scene from one of my favorite BBC series, Cranford. I sadly can’t find a youtube video of the scene, but if you can find a way to watch Cranford, the cow scenes are in the second episode: Mrs. Forrester loves her cow Bessie (calls her “Bessie Dearest”), but local boys leave the gate open & Bessie wanders off; they find the cow in lyme, which burns off most of her coat. While she heals, Mrs Forrester sews her a huge cow sweater, and then there Bessie is, in the field munching grass wearing the sweater! I found a pic here: http://normatikadesigns.blogspot.com/2009/05/cranford-bessie-dearest.html :lol: If your sweet girl gets a bonnet, perhaps she needs a sweater, too! Hahaha!! And I hereby nominate the name “Bessie” for consideration! :moo:
    Thanks for the wonderful blog! :)

  74. 4-6
    9:27
    am

    Sugar

  75. 4-6
    9:29
    am

    If I ever had a cow of my own, I would name her Mabel. I also like Bella.

  76. 4-6
    9:30
    am

    Puttin’ my vote in for Gracie!

  77. 4-6
    9:31
    am

    Is nobody gonna say Dolly? As in Dolly Parton. Or Mae as in West or how about Jezebel since she’s “been around”?

  78. 4-6
    9:35
    am

    Lady Mae Belle, Duchess of Dulce (as a formal name – the shortened versions include Lady, Lady Mae, Belle, Duchy, Lady Dulce, etc)

    Since she’s the only BIG girl, she needs a BIG name!

  79. 4-6
    9:37
    am

    Everyone needs a girly cow named Bessie!
    My question, as usual, is . . . how to you do all that you do??? There must be more hours in a day in West Virginia!

  80. 4-6
    9:41
    am

    Aunt Bea…just so comfy and hard working and it fits her!

  81. 4-6
    9:49
    am

    Some good names have been suggested…but maybe she does need something “bigger” say perhaps a combination of my two favorites…Daisy Belle. Down here in Texas, the very best ice cream is Blue Bell and Belle is the name of their cow in some of their sweet commercials. She’ll like whatever name she is given because I know it’ll always be spoken with love.

  82. 4-6
    9:52
    am

    She’s so gentle looking. I hope she’s everything you expect. I think Mabel would be a good name for her.

  83. 4-6
    9:59
    am

    Elsie! I grew up with Borden Dairy products and their logo cow was Elsie…loved her and all the recipes she provided in a booklet they published.

  84. 4-6
    10:02
    am

    When I used to stay with my grandma in Tucker Co WV when I was little, I would wake up every morning to the sound of the neighbor’s cow’s bell. I loved the sound. I didn’t know the name of the cow but the neighbor’s name was Ruby. I think Ruby would be a great name for your beautiful lady.

    Connie

  85. 4-6
    10:14
    am

    I think she looks like a “Sweet Caroline”. “Dulce de Leche” is okay, bringing to mind Dolce Y Gabbana. She is a hard working girl, she can afford Dolce. LOL. :lol:

  86. 4-6
    10:16
    am

    Gretchen :cowsleep:

  87. 4-6
    10:17
    am

    Milk Dud! Just kidding! That would be a good name for a cow that doesn’t give milk anymore! Scientists say that cows with names give more milk. How about Penelope or Marge?

  88. 4-6
    10:23
    am

    I think she looks like a Maribel to me. Or how about Gertrude. She is a darling. Good luck with her and I look forward to pictures of her on your farm.Linda :cowsleep:

  89. 4-6
    10:41
    am

    How about Butterfly? My mom’s name is Bessie and she was teased by the other kids when she was growing up, but it is a perfect name. I was named for my grandmother Grace, so I like that one too.

    Grace in CA

  90. 4-6
    10:43
    am

    I looked into those beautiful big brown cow eyes and she’s a Beatrice…Bee…Honey Bee…Sweet Bee!

  91. 4-6
    10:44
    am

    Names of Jersey Cows

    Poetry in Jersey

    All the satellites and all the stars
    Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars;
    All the female host of heaven
    To the Jerseys, names have given;
    All earthly titled names of men
    All names of beauteous women;
    All have contributed their share
    To name the Jerseys everywhere;
    English, French, Italian, Greek,
    Simple, homely, grand or meek,
    Names ungodly, names inhuman,
    Names of neither men nor women;
    Names of saint and name of devil
    Names of virtue, names of evil;
    Names of sense and names of beauty,
    Worst of names, a bounden duty;
    Names poetic, names harmonious,
    Names exotic, names inglorious;
    Thus are Jerseys linked to names
    Uglier far than bedlam dames;
    Lovelier than gazelle-eyed elves
    With names as beauteous as themselves;
    There’s power in beauty, skill in game
    And marvellous magic in a name.

    Jersey Express 12/2/1885
    Reprinted JEP 23/1/1976

  92. 4-6
    10:45
    am

    I put my vote in for Jersey Girl. You are so lucky!

  93. 4-6
    10:46
    am

    I nominate Blossom or Daffodil.

  94. 4-6
    10:51
    am

    How about LAVENDER OR TULIP. I love those names.

  95. 4-6
    10:56
    am

    How about Maisy or Maisy Moo? She looks very sweet, hopefully her milk /cream will be too.

  96. 4-6
    10:57
    am

    Now I’m intrigued! Can’t wait to see (and learn) how to make all these cheeses and butter. But have you given her a name?!?!?!

    Susan

  97. 4-6
    10:57
    am

    Oh the names are too many and oh so beautiful as is the lovely object of their discussion. I like Blossom, Bessie (love the Cranford reference), Bossie, Gloria (in a praiseful way). I think I like sweet Bessie the best. How will you ever decide, Suzanne? Hope she’s with calf then we can all chime in again to name it. What fun.

  98. 4-6
    10:59
    am

    There are a lot of great suggestions, but I think Daliah would be a fitting name for your beautiful cow. Congratulations Suzanne, and hang on to 52, he’s a keeper!

  99. 4-6
    11:06
    am

    —- Barbee’ (just kidding). I looked her in the face and she told me her name is “Dollie”.

  100. 4-6
    11:06
    am

    How about Tulip or Daffodil?

  101. 4-6
    11:07
    am

    Too many cows are named Bessie…I know she’s a Jersey girl but in honor of the Swiss Bull you liked, how about “Heidi”?

  102. 4-6
    11:17
    am

    I kind of like the name Darla…that is what popped into my mind when I saw her face.
    She’s going to be one happy cow! Can’t wait to see all the pictures and hear all the adventures of “Darla”

  103. 4-6
    11:18
    am

    I’d call a milk cow Mildred, kinda old fashioned but comforting.

  104. 4-6
    11:19
    am

    She’s a Dolly! No doubt about it! :cowsleep:

  105. 4-6
    11:22
    am

    You should name her Cookie since she will be contributing so much to your cooking!! :cowsleep:

  106. 4-6
    11:28
    am

    My first thought was “Buttercup”, and I see that others had the same idea.

  107. 4-6
    11:30
    am

    I saw her and thought “Buttercup”.

  108. 4-6
    11:34
    am

    I think Lily would be a great name for your cow. It’s cute but dignified which it should be for something giving you so much. Love your site and peaceful sounds of your videos. You go girl!

  109. 4-6
    11:38
    am

    It’s my daughter’s birthday today, so I’m nominating her name :ISABELLA:-)

  110. 4-6
    11:44
    am

    I think you should name her Gracie, Gracious or Grace…

  111. 4-6
    11:44
    am

    How about chance. This is her second or third one.

  112. 4-6
    11:57
    am

    i was thinking of Dolly for Dollie Parton in “Nine to Five”. she was a working girl, and your new working girl has big hair and big eyes…

  113. 4-6
    12:08
    pm

    I like Charley (for Charleston). What a lovely sweet face she has!

  114. 4-6
    12:12
    pm

    I like SUGAR PIE~after all, she was a gift from your ` Sugar Pie Honey`

  115. 4-6
    12:17
    pm

    Daisy, Daffodil, Bessie, Belle (she could be your cow Belle :), Coco, Cinnamon, Brown Sugar (channeling the Stones). Someone else suggested Mavis and I think that is a great name too!

  116. 4-6
    12:21
    pm

    :happyflower: She is beautiful! I immediately thought of Daisy as well. I also like Blossom! :happyflower:

  117. 4-6
    12:21
    pm

    I would name her Lucy after the milk cow I had growing up. She was a present to my father on the occasion of my birth from my Great Uncle. She was a beautiful milk cow and gave us tons of fresh milk until I was about 8 years old.

  118. 4-6
    12:24
    pm

    Love Bessie, but she is a WV cow and so Bessie Mae seems about right. While you are using all that milk remember, a milk bath to recover from all the farming and gardening.

  119. 4-6
    12:26
    pm

    I love Daisy!!!

  120. 4-6
    12:43
    pm

    I think she looks like Petunia…..

  121. 4-6
    12:47
    pm

    Brown Bessie, the famous champion butter cow of the Chicago World’s Fair dairy test, averaged over 40 pounds of milk a day for five months, and made 3 pounds of butter a day several times.
    from Wikipedia.

  122. 4-6
    12:49
    pm

    Buncha great names to choose from. I’m gonna add Petunia to the pot :moo:

  123. 4-6
    12:58
    pm

    Oh, I love the name Gracie, a la Gracie and George. Just think, if you have a little bull sometime, you could name him George.

    Congrats on the birthday and the birthday gift!

    :snoopy:

  124. 4-6
    1:14
    pm

    I LOVE the name Peach someone else suggested! Or Buttercup. Buttercup helps with the buttermilk! :)

  125. 4-6
    1:14
    pm

    Bessie just seems like a generic name for a cow. It was the first thing that came to mind. I see someone suggested Aunt Bea. I like that. I also like another suggestion, Daisy Belle. I think she’s a two name kinda cow, a southern girl. How about Minnie Pearl? Put a straw hat on her with the price tag still attached to it for the complete look. When you great her every morning grain bucket in one hand, milk pail in the other, you can say, “Hooooooowdy, Miss Minnie Pearl!”

  126. 4-6
    1:20
    pm

    Annabelle like the little calf in the movie :)

  127. 4-6
    1:26
    pm

    I like Nellie. You can yell for her to come “Nell-eee”! :cowsleep:

  128. 4-6
    1:28
    pm

    Leora

  129. 4-6
    1:36
    pm

    Annabelle & call her “Belle” for short. Or else Daisy.

  130. 4-6
    1:40
    pm

    I skimmed comments so maybe some beat me to the punch but in continuation of your drink names (sprite, dr. pibb) how about calling her Cocoa? like hot chocolate? or Latte! Yes? No? Well it was worth a shot:)

  131. 4-6
    1:59
    pm

    Petunia or Tulip are my favorites so far. Or MooBaby

  132. 4-6
    2:00
    pm

    I really enjoyed the poem at sam e. I love the cow. Ya know, I was raised on a small dairy, and for the life of me, I can’t remember any of the names we had for our cows. That’s bad. I like the name Elsa. What breed is she? I know you probably told us but my memory is shot these days. Enjoy the milking. T

  133. 4-6
    2:25
    pm

    The Irish kid thinks Molly or Fiona, mentioned above would be good. :fairy: :moo:

  134. 4-6
    2:44
    pm

    Daisy, Buttercup, Marmalade?

  135. 4-6
    2:56
    pm

    We have Jerseys here too Suzanne… 90 milkers, and loads of heifers and calves. What a great breed you’ve chosen! Depending on her butterfat, you may find her milk more like a milkshake! Ours cows are running a 5.7 butterfat … if you’re used 1% milk, it’s quite a change :) Enjoy!

  136. 4-6
    3:01
    pm

    :cowsleep: I think she looks like a Bessie.

  137. 4-6
    3:04
    pm

    Such great name suggestions! I especially like the flower names (Blossom, Daffodil, Tulip, Snowdrop) because you got her just as winter was giving up its hold and the flowers were coming into bloom.

  138. 4-6
    3:20
    pm

    Betty Lou was our Guernsey heifers name. she was the sweetest thing, we hauled her home in the backseat of our jeep…

  139. 4-6
    3:35
    pm

    How about Phoebe? Lots of good choices given!

  140. 4-6
    3:49
    pm

    Her eyes remind me of Cleopatra, so I suggest that you name her Cleo. She will be a great addition to your menagerie. Can’t wait to hear of her adventures on your farm!

  141. 4-6
    4:09
    pm

    I’m thinking Beulah or maybe Millicent if those haven’t been suggested.

  142. 4-6
    4:14
    pm

    I still think she needs to be named Stephanie Plum (Miss Plum?) since she’s a Jersey Girl. (But that’s really only amusing if you’re familiar with the Stephanie Plum books. *g*)

  143. 4-6
    4:20
    pm

    :heart: :moo: Goood golly she looks like a Miss Molly to me!!

  144. 4-6
    4:23
    pm

    Well, let’s see, Springsteen is from Jersey. Does this cow Rock? How about Jersey Jill Wolcott? My name is Mike Brown, so I probably would call her Milk Brown. I sure am glad you have lots of other ideas here…Hey, she is your girl now, call her Moozanne.

  145. 4-6
    4:37
    pm

    OK, she’s a birthday gift for your April birthday, call her April!

  146. 4-6
    4:45
    pm

    Your cow looks like a Mrs. Buttersworth to me. Love your blog. I have a small farm, and raise fallow deer, miniature donkeys, chickens and peacocks. I look forward to your posts.

  147. 4-6
    5:22
    pm

    I also live in beautiful West Virginia lived on a small farm for many years. We had a gorgeous doe-eyed Jersey cow for many years, her name was Floosey:) because of the way she wiggled her hips when she walked. She hated my father and tried to kick him at milking time but she had the most delightful calves.

  148. 4-6
    5:27
    pm

    My grandmother had a cow named DIME, as in Dime Brand Milk. I always wanted to have a cow and name her DIME. She also had a beautiful cow named JERSEY, for obvious reasons!

  149. 4-6
    5:57
    pm

    I like the name Sweetness. She looks so patient, and tranquil, and just plain sweet. Think how much fun it would be to call for someone named Sweetness. Or to casually remark “Sweetness gave us this” when you serve cheese or ice cream.

  150. 4-6
    6:23
    pm

    How about Maisy or Lulabelle???

  151. 4-6
    6:43
    pm

    I like Dandelion or Gertie!

  152. 4-6
    6:53
    pm

    She definitely looks like a Bessie to me!

  153. 4-6
    7:09
    pm

    I grew up on a very small dairy farm where the cows all had names. I would like to suggest Buttercup as the name for your new cow.

  154. 4-6
    7:11
    pm

    I love the name Flossie for a vow, as well as Mabel, Hannah and even Helga, in honor of all the milk maids,lol!!!

  155. 4-6
    8:02
    pm

    I can’t wait to read about what you do with all that milk. How wonderful!

    As far as a name…. how about Charlotte? That’s my daughter’s name :)

  156. 4-6
    8:05
    pm

    Personally I think she looks like a Lulu.

  157. 4-6
    9:13
    pm

    I like your drink theme…and I do agree that cocoa would be nice, dulce also but I do think the cookie suggestion is cute.

  158. 4-6
    9:15
    pm

    Daisy –

  159. 4-6
    9:25
    pm

    Naming cows is my specialty around here. My oldest cow is a Red Angus so I named her Cherry. Her first calf was named Pie (get it? Cherry Pie), the next Black(y) Cherry, then and a series of others, her latest calf is named Damien. His tag number ended up being 66 and he is her 6th calf – and he is always causing trouble. I also have a red cow named Raspberry and her black calf is Blackberry. My third red cow is named Apple. I think I see another Pie in the future. You don’t have to put a lot of thought into cow names, it will come natural when she gets to the farm. Love your stories!

  160. 4-6
    9:29
    pm

    She looks like a Josie to me, or anything with an ie at the end. I like Maggie too.

  161. 4-6
    9:32
    pm

    If you freeze the milk won’t the cream separate and never go back to the original form?

    Cows names

    Bessie
    Millie Belle
    Annabelle
    Darlin
    Kaz
    Gladys

  162. 4-6
    9:51
    pm

    I like Madeline. Maddie for short. :D

  163. 4-6
    10:03
    pm

    Today is my Gram’s 78th birthday, so I am suggesting Lucille. :heart:

  164. 4-6
    10:59
    pm

    I have a heifer calf who I can’t wait till she grows up and I can get her in calf and have milk, milk, milk! Her name is Gloria.

    I think your cow looks like a Marilyn – as in Munroe – it’s the eyelashes.

  165. 4-6
    11:04
    pm

    Lucinda (pronounced loo-SEEN-dah). Meaning: giver of first light (OR MILK!) :moo:

  166. 4-7
    12:45
    am

    Miss Mary Moo :moo: :moo:

  167. 4-7
    12:57
    am

    BLOSSOM -I think she looks like a “Blossom” for sure!!! If that doesn’t strike your fancy, how bout “Jemima”?

  168. 4-7
    1:23
    am

    I like the Daisy or Maebelle suggestions. But the first thing that popped into my mind when I saw that beautiful face was Eliza, like Eliza Doolittle. Maybe it just seems like you’ll “grow accustomed to her face,” but somehow I can imagine her singing “All I want is a room somewhere, far away from the cold night air…”

  169. 4-7
    7:07
    am

    Myrtle

  170. 4-7
    8:54
    am

    I love the name Delilah! Really pretty, and matches her eyes.

  171. 4-7
    9:41
    am

    I love the name Elsa, she looks like an Elsa to me–so sweet and lovely.

  172. 4-7
    9:50
    am

    For the cow’s name, I suggest Sally.

  173. 4-7
    11:32
    am

    June Bug

    Someone suggested Lucille – I really like that. Stand outside and yell it out. You can really get creative and let off steam with Lucille (and get the cow home to boot).

  174. 4-7
    12:02
    pm

    How about Flossie? Flora? Helga (a true milkmaids name!)? Hattie? Or my personal favorite, Hannah? Bessie, Rosebud, Bossie or Boss are also all traditional ones for a milch cow. Chloe, Caramel or Tilly! I like everyones names, good luck picking one out!

  175. 4-7
    2:28
    pm

    She definitely looks like a Bella! Bella, the lady of the farm, ready to mother on all underfoot.

  176. 4-7
    2:37
    pm

    She looks like a “Daisy” to me…

  177. 4-7
    2:53
    pm

    Sadie seems easy to say. when your :moo: needs to come home.

  178. 4-7
    3:59
    pm

    Suzanne–
    why decide on just one??? JUST HYPHENATE–!!

  179. 4-7
    8:06
    pm

    ROSEMARY.
    You have cats that are Sugar and Spice. Goats that are Clove(r) and Nutmeg. In the herb department would be “Rosemary”. It is the herb of remembrance and symbolizes loyalty and friendship.

  180. 4-7
    11:37
    pm

    I think Tess is a beautiful cow. :)

  181. 4-7
    11:54
    pm

    How about JERSEY? So simple and practical :cowsleep:
    So glad you got a cow!!!!

  182. 4-8
    12:53
    pm

    Lady Bountiful
    For all that she will bestow.

  183. 4-8
    2:17
    pm

    The name that sticks in my head is Milky Way… Haha. She would be as sweet as the candy bar I’m sure. :) Congrats on getting her, that’s great!!!

  184. 4-8
    5:20
    pm

    Hi, Suzanne:

    This pretty cow looks like ‘Miss Pansy’ to me.

    Thank you for sharing your life. I live a life on a farm vicariously through you.

    Naturegirl46

  185. 4-8
    9:57
    pm

    How about Elsie? It was my grandmother’s name and she had cows on a farm in Herman Missouri for over 50 years.

  186. 4-9
    2:52
    am

    I like Lulabelle. Nice and sweet sounding.

  187. 4-9
    7:33
    am

    What about Bluebelle? :-) IT still keeps with the flowery theme others suggested, but it doesn’t slight your poor Buttercup kitty!

  188. 4-9
    12:03
    pm

    I remember my young cousin used to call milk (Daisy). I asked my Aunt why he did that and she told me the milk cow’s name was Daisey…Instead of asking him if he wanted a glass of milk…They asked him if he wanted a glass of Daisy..and so that’s what he thought it was called…
    I always thought that was a cute story…Thought I would share.

  189. 4-9
    10:20
    pm

    Prudence the Cow.

  190. 4-10
    9:11
    am

    Daisy! And soap, oh my, the milk soap! Don’t forget about that!!!

  191. 4-10
    9:17
    am

    By the way, I want to add that the apron in this post was made by and given to me by our lovely JeannieB on the forum! (And I didn’t leave it out in the garden!)

  192. 4-10
    5:42
    pm

    I like Maebelle, Molly, and Lucy.

  193. 4-11
    5:19
    pm

    She looks like an “April” to me (though I’m not the first to suggest that name). What a lovely thing to be able to make your own cheese! If you haven’t already found it, check out Ricki Carroll’s website (http://www.cheesemaking.com/).

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