As a start, this video shows the milking machine that we want/plan to have. It may take us some time to get it but if you watch the video, you can see that the cows like it and actually stand in line to be milked. We’ve done some major research on these and it seems like this is the machine we can depend on. It would leave more time in the day for me to make cheese rather than milk cows, and that is after all, what I want/ need to do if we are going to make this a profitable farm.
Here is another link for more info on the milking machine:http://www.delaval.com/en/About-DeLaval/DeLaval-Newsroom/?nid=7380
We went out looking for land this weekend. We saw some really beautiful and ideal places that we can not afford. As a result, we have re-thought what our starting point is going to be.
We had planned on finding 200-500 acres, rolling hills, maybe some trees and plenty of water. Now I think we are looking for 70-90 acres with rolling hills and plenty of water. I want to spend less on the initial outlay and spend the money on getting more cows up-front and the milking shed and the cheese room right.
We decided to start smaller and if (when) we do well, we can buy more land. Even if that means we re-locate later. In the long run I just think we can be self-supporting faster by starting small. Or smaller than we initially planned.
I made a six gallon batch of cheddar with chilies this week, it turned out beautiful, and yesterday I made a four gallon batch of one of my favorite cheeses, Cotswold. It is on the drying board right now and I’m not going to wax this one. I am planning on a natural rind. It should be JUST ready to hand out as Christmas gifts. I may have to make another one for me to eat. I LOVE this cheese.
Matthew, my brother and his wife Annabelle, and my nephew, Dante, are all moved in and getting settled. Dante lucked out that the fall break in school started this week. so he has an extra week to get acclimated to the altitude and the dryer air.
On a good note, my medication for the asthma seems to have done the trick. Today was my last dose of the icky meds and I haven’t had an attack for three days. Ron and I even went on a nice easy two mile hike (walk). We walked very slowly and took a long time, but I made it and I didn’t have an attack. I hope that means I am adjusting.
Tuesday is the meeting of my San Diego cheese group, Queso Diego. I sure am sad to be missing that. I’m hoping that I will be able to locate and join a Denver group soon.