The Wonderful Neighbors came over and helped us milk tonight. I asked the little WN boys if they would feed the calves for me. They agreed. Here are a couple of pictures.
You can see the movement of the tail on the calf on the right. They swing from side to side the whole time you are feeding them.
They did a great job. They milked out about 3 1/2 gallons.
I had 2 different people leave comments asking for tips on buttermaking. I have been making my butter in my DLX, after hearing that a friend made hers in the Bosch. :) The DLX works really well. I put the roller and scraper in and the butter works its way up the roller. There are just some butter buds floating in the butter milk. After draining the buttermilk, you can add water in the DLX and let it go again, but I usually put it in a little plastic cheese strainer that I have. I put it in a bowl sitting on top of a canning jar ring to keep it up off the bottom of the bowl. After it quits dripping, I pour off that milk and then run cold water over the butter and let it drain again. I work it a bit with my hand. I can't seem to get enough buttermilk out using the back side of the wooden spoon. After I feel the buttermilk is out (usually after a couple of rinsings), then I add salt and work it in with my hand. In years past I have just made butter balls that were small. If they were small they would keep on the counter for a couple of days without going sour. This year, I started measuring it with a half cup measuring cup and then put it away that way. I wrap each one in saran wrap and then put in a freezer bag that I mark the month on. If I fill more than one bag in a month, I just put the month and #2. I really don't like using the saran wrap or the plastic bags, but have not come up with a good option yet. I do re-use the bags. I cross out the month and write the name of the current one on it. If you have more specific questions, please ask them!!