|The Original Itle Homestead|
|Some of the pregnant cows on "break" from their milking duties.|
|Dan talking to us about the calves (behind him) and some of the farm practices.|
|The "girls" waiting to be milked.|
Vale Wood cows are Holsteins. Each Holstein cow has a distinct marking/pattern on their body - it is like a fingerprint; no two are alike!
When the cows know it's time to be milked, they also know the order of who goes first! They line up accordingly, and those first-in-line cows do not give up their spots. I found that so interesting!
|"Milking" the cow!|
While I was waiting for my ice cream in the dairy store, I checked out the ingredients on some of the ice cream containers. I was somewhat disappointed to see lots of additives and thickeners like guar gum and diglycerides, plus corn syrup. I guess not all things can be perfect! It sure does taste good, though. For more information on the Vale Wood product line, click here.
Also, a Vale Wood employee once told me that the eggs they offer come from a neighboring farm.
I still think that Vale Wood milk is the best I have tasted. I love knowing that it comes from right here in western PA and that the family is intimately involved in the dairy practices. They truly seem to care about their cows, and their customers!