Elsa and Olaf
March 20, 2014 and August 31, 2016
“Elsa” is a healthy A1/A2 Jersey cow that delivered a bull calf ("Olaf") on August 31, 2016. Olaf's sire is Golda (a Select Sires, Registered A2/A2 bull that is known for producing longer teats). Elsa went into heat on November 10, and was running with our bull, Austin. Elsa and her bull calf are being sold as a Milk Cow/Calf pair as he is still nursing, but could be weaned any time. Olaf was dehorned on October 19. Their price together is listed in the left column of this page. As with all of our cows, we don't feed them any grain (just a handful of non GMO organic corn for Elsa's milking parlor intro). Our pastures are Certified Organic and when we have to buy hay, we buy only Certified Organic hay. You may notice in some of the photos that we use Locust posts for our fencing. Our animals are not exposed to anything pressure treated. We never spray for weeds. Our goals are healthy pastures and healthy animals. Elsa is very friendly and a great mom. If she is going to be used as a nurse cow for other calves that are not her own, she should to be tied up on halter, as she currently pushes them away and not allow them to nurse. She thinks her milk is only for her baby. Elsa is good on halter and walks easily when on a lead rope. She hand-milks nicely and has no problems being hooked up to a milking machine. She's exposed daily to lots of different animals like dogs, cats, chickens...and kids too! Elsa seeks the attention of humans and really likes to interact with us. She has such a calming spirit, makes you want to hug her. She really does understand what you are wanting her to do at the moment, and that's a wonderful trait. She goes with the program really well. In one of the milking parlor photos (from behind), where she has the machine hooked up, you may notice her left rear quarter is slightly smaller. We are not sure why this is...sometimes during nursing sessions the calves can be a little aggressive. They will bang their heads into the utter. Elsa was never sick or had mastitis. This one quarter is probably running at half power/capacity (our visual assessment), but it's still working just fine.