Moogle Report - 5-30-2013

Posted May 30, 2013

Another update on our special calf "Moogle"

Moogle in her new stall

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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

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Moogle Report - 5-9-13

Posted May 09, 2013 News & Notes, Photo Galleries,

Another Update on Moogle

Where's my milk?

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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.

Moogle Report

Posted May 09, 2013 News & Notes, Photo Galleries,

Another Update on Moogle

Where's my milk?

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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 you can come on out to the farm for a tour this summer and see Moogle for yourself.

Amateur Grillin’ Competition

Posted May 01, 2013 News & Notes, Farm Store News, Photo Galleries,

Come on out and Grill at Country Dairy Memorial Day Weekend! If you'd like to enter, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and we can send you the entry forms and info. Thanks!

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Moogle Report 4-26-13

Posted Apr 26, 2013 News & Notes,

Another update on our special calf- Moogle.

Who, Me?

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Over the past couple of weeks, Moogle has really started to grow. She has been getting most of her nutrition from milk. As she gets older she will begin to eat some grain and calf pellets. Just as human babies begin to get cereal and a little solid food as they grow older, cow babies also need to begin to get more nutrition than just milk as they grow. Calf care is very important on a dairy farm. Dairy science has shown that the things we do when they are very young heifers helps them later as an adult cow. In fact, some problems that cows experience as adults actually begin when they’re calves! That means we really need to be careful to give them clean bedding daily, to keep flies off them in the warm months, to always have fresh water and feed, and to have regular vet checks as they grow. All of this helps ensure that the calves will grow into healthy mommy cows one day, who will be able to produce high quality milk. One of the neat things about Country Dairy is that we invite school groups and families out to tour our farm to see how we care for the cows and calves and how we put milk into the bottles. That means you could actually come to our family farm and see Moogle with your class or with your family. Check out the Tours section on the website for more details and we hope to see you here!

Moogle Report

Posted Apr 16, 2013 News & Notes,

A week or so after Moogle was born; she had to get her ears pierced, so that we could give her an ear tag. These tags are very important because they help us to tell all of the babies apart, and they carry information that we need to know about each calf- their name, their I.D. #, and their birthday, as well as their mom’s name and I.D. #, and their dad’s name. We give the heifers (girls) green tags, and the bulls (boys) red tags. We started by giving her a temporary, hand-written tag, but today we put in her permanent, printed tags from the Holstein Association, were she has an official pedigree. These are pictures of Moogle with her temporary tags, and her permanent tags right after they were put in. It isn’t very painful for a cow to get her ears pierced, but it is a little uncomfortable at first. As you can see from the photo, Moogle is feeling a little shy. Come on out to the farm for a tour this spring and you can see little Moogle in person. She is going to be seeing a lot of school children on their spring field trips over the next few weeks.

Moogle with her first, temporary tags.

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An update on Moogle.

Photo: Introducing “Moogle”

Posted Mar 29, 2013 News & Notes,

Meet “Moogle.” She is a very special calf. She was born on Tuesday, March 19 (National Ag Day). Her mom is a cow named “Twitter.” “Twitter” was born here on the farm in 2010 around Christmas time and comes from a long line of high quality dairy cows. Moogle’s dad is a bull named “McCutchen”-one of the best bulls in the world. We are going to follow “Moogle’s” progress over the next year or so as she grows into a dairy cow. Stay tuned for weekly blog posts.

Introducing “Moogle”