As a Professional Four-Legged Milking Instructor, I’ve been making excellent progress teaching my Human about the importance of timeliness when it comes to milking. It only took him about four weeks or so, but he’s beginning to understand that when I demand to be milked at 8:45 a.m., I do not mean 8:47 a.m. is acceptable.
Next, I plan to teach him about my preferred nutrition plan. I come from a specially-engineered line of miniature, “once-a-day” milk cows from Misty Morning Farm in Virginia. The folks at Misty Morning developed the mini milk cows they breed from an old line of Jersey cows in an effort to use “grazing genetics.” (You can read more about that on their blog here.) Basically, that means that I am designed to be extraordinarily efficient just using good quality pasture in my diet, no grain necessary.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that I’m not looking for a little morale booster every now and again. I’ve discovered recently that The Human keeps some high-quality, Washington-grown alfalfa hay in the barn for the Thoroughbreds on the farm. I’ve decided that if he’s going to show up late to our milking lessons, I deserve a few mouthfuls of the Good Stuff.
Sometimes, it takes some serious sprinting on my part, but I can definitely make it to the barn faster than the Human can after he lets me out, and I’m only too happy to take my opportunities where I can get them.
Till my next column, cheers, everyone! Go drink some milk.
–Love, Paddy Cake
Paddy Cake is the newest member of the Ultimate EZ team. Standing just about three feet at the shoulder, the 3-year-old helps us with demonstrations of our wonderful automatic milking machine at fairs and expos in the central Kentucky region. When she’s not teaching the public about the joys of milking at home, she’s trying to train our inventor, Buck Wheeler, to do a better job of it. Look for more of her exploits and commentary here at our blog!