The Moo Blog

Happy Birthday Moogle!

Posted Mar 24, 2014 News & Notes, Photo Galleries

Our special calf Moogle turned 1 year old last week, on March 19. We payed her a visit to wish her a happy birthday.

That’s right, it’s time to wish our special calf Moogle a Happy 1st Birthday! One year ago on March 19th this little calf was born here on the farm to her proud mama, Twitter. Wow, has she grown! And, she still has some growing to do before she is a full-sized, milk producing cow. Right now Moogle is what we in the dairy world refer to as a Yearling Heifer. In human years, she’s about the same age as a freshman college student. Moogle has decided to get her PhD in Milk Production, and in just one Cow Year we hope she’ll have a calf of her own and be producing milk full time for Country Dairy. For now she needs to eat a regular healthy diet, and enjoy life with her Heifer friends. We invite you to come out to our family farm where you can meet Moogle and her friends. Stay tuned for our next Moogle update.

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Chili Cook-Off at Country Dairy

Posted Oct 10, 2013 News & Notes, Farm Store News, Promotions

Saturday, October 26 at Country Dairy, 11am-2pm.

Join us for our first ever Chili Cook-Off. It’s going to be lots of fun. Contestants will be competing for a $100 Country Dairy Gift Card! The Chili will be made using Country Dairy Beef Products. A pre-selected Country Dairy Judging Panel will decide which chili is Number 1. During the event we will have free samples of Country Dairy Meat and Cheese products, a 12pm and 1:30pm tour, and,( as always) great food, milk, and ice cream! Bring out the whole family!

Clock on the link below to print off an Entry Form.

Ice Cream Social

Posted Jul 05, 2013

ICS-14 is on July 6 this year from 11am-5pm. Bring your family out for a fun time on our Centennial, Fourth-Generation family farm! Because of ICS, we will not be conducting normal tours, but will have free tours through the bottling plant from 11am-3pm and through our barns throughout the day. There will be wagon rides, kids activities, and this year we're highlighting some of our big farm equipment and tractors. We will also have an antique tractor display. And finally there will be lots of free ice cream. Check out new flavors! Hope to see you there!

Moogle Report 6-25-13

Posted Jun 25, 2013 News & Notes

Moogle, our special little heifer calf is growing up fast

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Last time we checked in on little Moogle, she was enjoying her comfy new box stall up at the big cow barn. Wow, is she growing fast on her special diet of hay and grain. You can see from the pictures how much a little calf can grow in just 3 months. As you can see, Moogle is wearing a rope halter. We are training her to be lead around. This will prepare her to be a show cow when she is older. Moogle doesn’t like it very much, she’s been acting like a puppy who is learning to heel. Her personality is really starting to show. Every cow is different. They all have a unique personality, like us. Moogle is a very shy calf, She feels most comfortable with children. The more we work with her, the more comfortable she will get. We have to be careful not to treat her roughly or raise our voices at her. Some cows are very open and friendly, and some require time to build trust with their handlers. If you upset a cow, she may hold a grudge for months! Moogle is a sweet little calf. We’ll keep working with her until she doesn’t have any “stage fright.” Stay tuned for more posts about Moogle. We will be updating the blog once a month through the summer.

Ice Cream Social

Posted Jun 10, 2013 News & Notes, Farm Store News

Our annual Ice Cream Social will be July 6 this year, always the first Saturday in July! Hope to see you there!

Summer Farm Camp

Posted Jun 05, 2013

Moooove into summer with Country Dairy. Sign up today for the experience of a lifetime.

It’s A Cow’s Life!
Ever wonder what a day in the life of a cow is really like? Ever wonder what a farmer does all day? Well strap on your work boots & grab a hat – we’re heading out to the barns to find out!

Activity Highlights:
Clean out a cow stall Milk a cow
Feed & water the little baby cows
And much more!

Schedule of classes
9:15 – Sign In (Morning or All Day Camp)
9:30-12:00 – Class
12:00-12:30 – Lunch
12::15 – Sign in (Afternoon Camp)
12::30 – 3:00 Class

Farm Camp is offered every Wednesday,
From June 26 – August 7

The classes will meet on Wednesdays of the weeks listed below. Please have your child(ren) wear farm appropriate clothing and shoes (no sandals/flip flops).

This year we are offering two options for your summer schedule. We have an All Day Farm Camp (from 9:15 am – 3:00pm) for those campers who have the time and we also have a Half-Day Farm Camp (from 9:15 – Noon) for those campers who don’t have all day but would still love
to experience “A Cow’s Life”!

Check your schedule and sign up for the
camp that works best for you!

To sign up, complete the form below and return it to Country Dairy via email ((JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)), mail (3476 80th Ave, New Era, MI 49446), or you may drop it off at the Country Dairy Farm Store. We require a minimum of 10 participants for a class to occur. You will receive 1 weeks notice of any need to cancel a class.

Moogle Report - 5-30-2013

Posted May 30, 2013

Another update on our special calf "Moogle"

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Well, it’s been a busy time out at Country Dairy lately. Hundreds of school children have been touring the farm on their annual field trips. In the midst of all the action, life has been changing for our special calf Moogle. She has completed the weaning process and has moved out of her little calf stall and into a big calf stall with more than double the room. Moogle and some of the other big calves share a barn with the big momma cows. Moogle is eating a healthy diet for growing calves that consists of alfala hay, and a special grain mix. Her 4-stomach digestive system is fully developed and she no longer needs milk in her diet. Moogle now weighs over 200 pounds! She is enjoying the new sights, sounds, and smells up at the big cow barn.

2013 Memorial Weekend Grilling Competition

Posted May 15, 2013

There's still time to sign up for our May 25th Grillin' Competition

Click the link below to print off an entry form and info.

Moogle Report - 5-9-13

Posted May 09, 2013 News & Notes, Photo Galleries

Another Update on Moogle

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Moogle is growing fast. At 7 weeks old she is weighing in at about 180 pounds! She has just started the weaning process. She now gets her milk in the morning only. She misses her afternoon milk bottle and is happy to suck on your fingers in search of more milk. In a few weeks she will no longer get any milk in her diet. She has started eating a special grain mix that will help her to make the transition to a solid food-only diet. Cows have a very complex digestive system with 4 stomachs. A drastic change in their diet could make them very sick. They need to fully develop their 1st stomach-the Rumen, before they can eat a solid food-only diet. Soon, Moogle will be moving into a larger group of calves where she will eat mostly hay (dried grass/alfalfa). She and the rest of the calves enjoyed saying hi to the folks from Covenant Christian School of Ludington, today. We hope to see you all out on the farm this summer for a tour.

Moogle Report

Posted May 09, 2013 News & Notes, Photo Galleries

Another Update on Moogle

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Moogle is growing fast. At 7 weeks old she is weighing in at about 180 pounds! She has just started the weaning process. She now gets her milk in the morning only. She misses her afternoon milk bottle and is happy to suck on your fingers in search of more milk. In a few weeks she will no longer get any milk in her diet. She has started eating a special grain mix that will help her to make the transition to a solid food-only diet. Cows have a very complex digestive system with 4 stomachs. A drastic change in their diet could make them very sick. They need to fully develop their 1st stomach-the Rumen, before they can eat a solid food-only diet. Soon, Moogle will be moving into a larger group of calves where she will eat mostly hay (dried grass/alfalfa). She and the rest of the calves enjoyed saying hi to the folks from Covenant Christian School of Ludington, today. We hope to see you all out on the farm this summer for a tour.