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A New Home: Christmas Comes Early for our Baby Calves

Christmas has come early for our baby calves. For awhile now, our family has been working on building some new structures on our new ranch to raise the baby calves more comfortably. We had grown out of our old facilities and needed a new place to raise the baby calves. We finally finished building the new facilities so we spent all last week moving heifers to the new ranch. It’s been pretty exciting!

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**The Unloading Chute, the calves walk down the chute from the Trailer to their New Home**

The new barns are state of the art, and I think the heifers will be quite comfortable in their new home. Depending on the weather conditions, the sides of the barns can roll up and down. In the summer the sides will be raised up to promote airflow through the barn, while in much of the winter the sides will be lowered down to protect against wind and rain. In Northern California where the ranch is located, the wind can blow very hard, so the rolling sides will definitely protect the young cows against the hash elements of winter.

Inside the barns, the calves have a large area to run and play in. I’ll admit its pretty fun watching the heifers run to and fro inside the barns.

 

**My sister Watching the Calves Play**

In the barns, the heifers have free access to food and water. Water is freely available in the many water troughs that are located throughout the barn. When they drink out of the troughs, the water valve opens according to the water level in order to re-fill the trough. These water troughs are cleaned periodically to ensure a clean water supply for the calves. Food is also freely available. The heifers are fed corn silage along with a blend of other food stuffs. Corn silage is corn (the entire corn stalks) that have been chopped into fine pieces and fermented. Fermenting the corn silage is basically food preservation, and allows us to have feed available for the heifers year-round. The heifers really love eating the corn silage, and it’s always surprising to see how efficient they are at sorting their food to find the corn kernels.

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**The Calves Eating in their new Home**

Northern California is a very scenic area in California, especially in the winter with the dark stormy skies and puffy clouds. On our drive through NorCal, we took some pretty cool pictures, enjoy.

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** Farmland and Power Lines**

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**The Coastal Mountain Range and Stormy Skies**

**Rice Fields in Northern California**

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No Such Thing as a True Vegan?

Here’s something to think about, can you really be a vegan. Most people don’t realize that dairy cows provide us with an array of other products we use every day. For example, when I was at Cal Poly we used animal fat to make soap. Crazy, but most people don’t really even know what is in products they use every day.

I don’t know how accurate this diagram is, but I know that many of these products are actually made from animals. Some products though I question, I guess some more research is in order. Click here to go to the website where I got this.

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I am addicted.

I am addicted. Yes, they say admittance is the first step towards recovery. But not a day can go by without the urge to consume. You would think that there would be a way to suppress the craving, but there isn’t. All I can say is that I’m glad that it’s a good compulsion.

I’ve been struggling with my addiction for the past 10 years, and have never quite conquered it. Although I would have to admit that I really do enjoy the addiction. Amazingly many health professionals actually promote the source of my addiction.

The addiction that I am talking about is chocolate milk. I will admit that I am addicted to chocolate milk. Every morning around 10:30 or 11:00, I need to take a quick chocolate milk break to satisfy the craving. The cows must wait while I satisfy my craving. I never knew that you could be addicted, but it’s happened and my day is ruined if I don’t have any. Even so, I am not really struggling against the addiction to chocolate milk noting it’s probably one of the best addictions you could have.

Milk is a great source of protein, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin B12, potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin, niacin, and other beneficial nutrients and consists of the perfect blend of carbohydrates and protein. Milk was designed to maximize the absorption of these nutrients to the milk drinker. I find it strange that when people need to refuel they would turn to sports drinks like Gatorade and Vitamin Water. While these drinks may be a good way to refuel, why would you not use nature’s natural vitamin water, milk?

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Researchers are only beginning to recognize the health benefits of milk. I took this excerpt from Web MD, click here for the full article:

The combination of carbohydrates and protein in low-fat chocolate milk appears to be "just right" for refueling weary muscles, says William Lunn, PhD, an exercise scientist at the University of Connecticut. Post-exercise muscle biopsies showed increased skeletal muscle protein synthesis — a sign that muscles were better able to rebuild — after the milk drink, compared with the carb-only beverage.

Additionally, drinking fat-free chocolate milk led to a higher concentration of glycogen, or muscle fuel, in muscles 30 and 60 minutes after exercise, compared with the sports drink. Replenishing glycogen after exercise helps future performance, Lunn says.

Besides refueling after workouts, milk has many other health benefits. Do you want to know the secret to staying thin? I’m pretty skinny even though my diet is largely based on milk and other dairy products. Even though I consume a lot of dairy, I am not overweight, and I do believe that there is a connection to dairy products. The protein in the milk helps you lose fat and build muscle. Dave Zinczenko, secret president of the Manly Man Conference, editor of Men’s Health magazine, and the author of the Abs Diet books, has recently published an article on ‘The Chocolate Milk Diet.’ Dave advises consuming 3 8-ounce servings of chocolate milk daily – one after you wake up, another before you exercise, and the last right after you exercise – to ‘help you drop lots of belly flab fast. Click here for the article from Yahoo Health. Some pretty interesting stuff.

So even though it’s a strange addiction, chocolate milk may be one of the healthiest addictions you could have. There may be many people who disagree with recent studies that cite chocolate milk as being good for you, but I will continue drinking chocolate milk. I would much rather drink a beverage that nature prepared, than a drink that was formulated in a factory laboratory. Besides I am addicted to chocolate milk, so there’s no way I could possibly stop anyways.

 

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**These Chocolate Straws are Great, You Don’t Even Need to Add Chocolate Then**

 

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**Apparently Chocolate Milk is the Official Drink of Halloween. I had no idea… haha**

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About Crazy Moos

Welcome to the Crazy Moos blog! Crazy Moos is a play on words, basically trying to create a fun environment (crazy) for dairy news (moos). The overall goal of this blog is to communicate “moosworthy information” (newsworthy information) about the dairy industry and important happening on the dairy farm. Hopefully this blog will help people learn about various aspects of the dairy industry and what happens on the dairy farm. Visit regularly for new blog postings!

About Me

I am a 3rd generation dairyman in California, and our dairy farm really is a reflection of the American dream. My grandfather came to America from Europe after World War II in search of greater opportunities, and a safer place to raise a family. He came to America with hardly anything except his exceptional appreciation for hard work. My grandpa after a few years was able to start his own dairy farm and start producing high quality, nutritious milk. In the 70’s, he moved the operation to a more remote area (our current location), and started growing the herd.

Today, I am actively taking part in the farms daily responsibilities. I’m well qualified to be in the dairy industry, and consider myself pretty knowledgeable about the dairy industry having just graduating college with a degrees in dairy science, and dairy processing.

Many people today believe that the dairy industry has been taken over by large corporate farms, but a recent study done shows that most dairies are family owned. In fact, 99% of dairy farms in California are family owned and operated. My whole family is involved on the dairy. My sisters are caretakers of the baby calves, and we guys take care of the cows. There are eight kids in our family, so the dairy is definitely a family affair!

Milk is one of the world’s most nutritious natural products. So many people today are forgetting that milk is filled with many different nutrients, all combined to work in synergy together to maximize the body’s absorption of these nutrients. It’s the perfect blend of nutrients, in nature’s most natural product.

Milk, it’s a natural product, that’s naturally good for you!

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