Worked with animal (didn’t own)
Posted Apr 16, 2015
When I was young my grandfather had a beef farm where we spent a good part of our time. We raised a whole lot of really pretty red and white Herferds and some Herferd-Angus crosses, but my favorite cow was the family milking cow a beautiful golden brown Guernsey.
Guernsey's are great milking cows, however they're not really commercially popular right now as they give less milk than a Holstein and the milk they give tends to have a higher percentage of cream and is more yellow in coloring. It tastes fantastic, but most consumers are looking for cheese milk or a more standard white milk.
Despite being broader than the Herferds and the Angus the Guernsey was the most gentle mannered and was one of the cows that even the youngest grandkids were allowed to interact with because she was so gentle. We'd scratch her on the nose while he milked her and squirted milk at the farm cats.
This cow had a great tolerance for the various extremes in weather that we get and learned to walk into her milking stall when Grandpa bellowed for her. (He trained all the cows to respond to his voice, which was pretty dang cool. I wish my kids were as well trained as those cows!)