Remember Splash and Jack? Splash is now about 14 months old and Jack about 15 or 16 months old. Splash has been visited by a local bull and we’re waiting to find out if she is in-profit (as it was put to me by a local farmer). In-calf is what I guess you’d say. If Splash is expecting, the gestation period is around 9 months or similar to a human. More precisely, it’s 285 days.

This would mean the calf will be born in Spring and Splash then becomes our house cow, as the locals say. A house cow is, as the name implies, a cow that provides milk for the household. We have been drinking milk straight from the cow for 18 months now and we’re still alive and kicking. I’m not keen on drinking milk from cows that have been pumped full of antibiotics, hormones, and genetically-modified substances. That’s the stuff you buy from the supermarkets.

Turn away now if you’re squeamish but did you know that pus can be found in processed cow’s milk and that this has been directly linked to Crohn’s disease? And if you really want to freak yourself and read about what happens to cows in the dairy industry, read this. Because mother cows are milked intensively, they often develop mastitis – a very painful udder infection which creates pus. And guess where this ends up? In your milk. No thanks. I’d rather take my chances with clean, raw milk.

Did you know that from the time of Hippocrates, until just after WWI, raw milk from grass-fed cows was used as medicine to treat (and frequently cure) chronic diseases? Clean, raw milk contains all eight essential amino acids as well as lots of other good stuff you can read about here. More benefits of raw milk (and the dangers of processed milk) are outlined here and make sure you read the paragraph about pasteurisation.

I’m looking forward to the day when Splash becomes our house cow. Meanwhile, she’s a much-loved, pampered grass-fed cow.

Splash is on the left.

Jack doing what he loves to do - bellowing his lungs out!

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