Calving day is right around the corner and here are our top 8 reasons you should attend Calving Day 2019!
1. Answers to any questions you may have
We hope to provide our consumers with as much education as we can. We do this in hopes to be as transparent as possible. You, the consumer, are able to ask as many questions as you want and have an answer. Questions such as What do cows eat? How many teeth do they have? Why do you separate the calves? Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions? We welcome all your questions and will be happy to answer them for you.
2. Your chance to support local agriculture
We are a family farm and are proud to be able to process all our own milk, giving you the freshest product we possibly can. Our products are all produced about an hour from the home farm. You can’t get much more local than that.
3. Learn how to make butter (and then eat it)
Have you ever made butter before? Not sure if you heard, but we’re kind of experts. We’ll show you how butter is made and you can have a hand at trying to make it for yourself. You can even learn how butter processing has changed over the years in our unique Antique Churn Museum down the road at our soon-to-be Kriemhild Micro-creamery.
4. You get a front seat to milking on our farm
We milk in a New Zealand style single 44 parlour. As the cow walks in she is turned so her backside is facing us. 44 cows are on each side and we milk one side at a time. Hence the name, single 44. We milk about 350 head of cattle twice a day in this facility. These parlours offer a lot of efficiency at a relatively low cost and with less physical labor than milking in stanchions. They also help with our gazing management since the cows don’t have to be tied to anything to be milked they simply walk in and walk out. Our parlour is unique in the fact it is an open air parlour, because of this design you are able to see right into the parlour from the outside.
5. Baby Calves
Is there anything cuter than baby calves?
6. It’s a great time for kids
On top of meeting the new calves, there will be games to play, a barrel cow train to ride, and hay to climb and much more! Rain or shine, this will be a great opportunity for youngin’s to run around and explore a real farm.
7. Fresh Local Food Available for purchase
Buenos Tacos food truck from right here in Hamilton will be on site with delicious food available for purchase.
8. Did we mention the newborn calves?
Come see for yourself at Calving Day Saturday April 27th from 11am-3pm. Located at Red Gate Farm 730 State Hwy 12b, Hamilton, NY
As the Butter Churns
Author: Ellen Fagan and Victoria Peila