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    Smiling Tree Farm is a 70 acre pastoral farm that focuses on regenerating soil health through the use of mob-grazed ruminants raised exclusively on diverse permanent pastures, wildflower meadows, special fields of herbs, and browsing trees. We are, in effect, turning sunlight into meat and milk.

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    Making raw cultured butter from grass-fed Jersey milk

    Christine Page 01-Apr-2018

    I made some winter butter this winter from the raw milk of my grass-fed Jersey cows. Butter made in the depths of the bleak midwinter from winter milk is a deeply flavoured, rich, indulgent treat. Read more

    Cow-calf dairying part 8: weaning

    Christine Page 30-Dec-2017

    This is the last in a series of posts about how to run a small dairy herd without separating the calves from their mothers. This final article is about preparing the cows and calves for a stress-free weaning. Read more

    Cow-calf dairying part 7: introducing milking without the calf suckling

    Christine Page 16-Dec-2017

    When a lamb or calf suckles, they bunt their mum’s udder with their heads to stimulate release of more milk. If you are share-milking, as a calf grows this bunting can quickly become so strong that it can easily knock the cluster off the other three teats. Read more

    Cow-calf dairying part 6: share milking

    Christine Page 02-Dec-2017

    I have found that the first few days after a heifer has calved are critical when it comes to creating a positive association with feeding her calf and being milked by machine.  Read more

    Cow-calf dairying part 5: creating a bond and first milking

    Christine Page 16-Nov-2017

    This is where we get to the nitty-gritty of cow-calf dairying, looking at creating a bond and the first milking; but it’s important that you have understood the whole series so far (see right or click here) before reading on, as much of what is covered here relates to points made before. Read more

    Cow-calf dairying part 4: udder development

    Christine Page 07-Nov-2017

    Welcome to part 4 of this series on cow-calf dairying, focusing on udder development. By now you will be starting to understand that keeping calves on dairy cows is a fine art; that it is a case of balancing the emotional and physical needs of both cow and calf; and why there are no set… Continue reading Cow-calf dairying part 4: udder development Read more

    Cow-calf dairying part 3: calf rumen development

    Christine Page 26-Oct-2017

    Here, in part 3 of our series on dairying without removing calves from their mothers, we look at the importance of managing a calf’s nutrition in order to support the effective calf rumen development, essential to her long-term health and productivity. Read more

    Cow-calf dairying part 2: how cows produce and give milk, and why they need their calves

    Christine Page 03-Oct-2017

    In this second post in the series from the Smiling Tree cow-calf dairy we focus on how milk is synthesised and, importantly for cow-calf dairying, what triggers the release or ‘let down’ process. Read more

    Cow-calf dairying part 1: the difference between conventional and humanely-produced milk

    Christine Page 24-Sep-2017

    This is the first in a series of articles looking at the practicalities of producing ethical, cruelty-free milk by allowing dairy cows to keep their calves. In this post we cover why conventional dairy cows don’t keep their calves and why humanely-produced milk using cow-calf dairying is rare and costs much more to produce. Read more

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