Valley Farm – Dairy Barn

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On Valley Farm our Dairy Barn is the first barn on the left and is the largest barn.

What kind of cows are at Pineland Farms?

Our dairy herd is made up of Holstein cattle. Holsteins are easily identified by their large size and color patterns of black and white. A Holstein’s markings are like a
fingerprint or a snowflake, no two cows are the same. Holsteins are the largest producers of milk out of the seven dairy breeds. The other breeds of dairy cattle include: Jersey, Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Milking Shorthorn and Red & White Holsteins.

Taking care of a Dairy Cow…

Much like all mammals, each of these cows had to have a baby before they started producing milk. After giving birth each cow will be milked, twice a day, for 305 days and will produce 8 – 12 gallons of milk daily. For the 10 months that a cow lives in this barn she will be fed pellet grain, hay and silage. This feed maximizes the milk
production of each cow as well as helps her maintain a healthy body weight. Each day one cow consumes approximately 100 lbs of feed and 50 gallons of water.

When the weather permits, our cows go outside to graze in the evening after being milked and come back into the barn in the morning before being milked again.

Fun Fact:
Dairy cows carry their calves for nine months, just like humans do.

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