Our herd currently consists of 39 head of cattle, primarily dairy. We have every dairy breed except Brown Swiss and Milking Shorthorn, but are focusing a lot on Jerseys and Ayrshires these days. On this page you can learn about each of our animals. They aren’t just a number to us, and many we have had since the day they dropped on the ground!
Brown Sugar is currently the oldest bovine we have. We aren’t exactly sure how old he is, but we know he’s at least 10, possibly as old as 12. He’s the only Jersey bull we currently have and is the guard bull of Angus Valley.
Lollipop is our oldest Holstein and the granddaughter of the late, great Haley. She’s 9 years old and has had 6 calves. After a rough, short last lactation where we almost lost her, she has been enjoying some much needed time off in our pasture and is back to her fat, happy self. We hope to get her bred back soon, but she’ll likely stay home as a suckle cow and not go back to the dairy.
Spice is our oldest Jersey cow and the daughter of Brown Sugar. She’s 8 years old, has had 6 calves and is due with #7 in late October. She is known as the suckle cow extraordinaire as she loves babies and will pretty much let any of them nurse off of her. She used to stay at the dairy, but was always battling mastitis so she gets to stay home and raise calves and be the boss lady. If you’re on Instagram, she has her own account… check out spice.the.jersey.cow!
Yes, her name warrants all caps because she’s one of our favorite cows ever. Norma Jean was the first Guernsey we purchased and is 8 years old. She hasn’t always been easy to get bred, but we just confirmed her due with baby number 6, due in January 2020! This year, she did quite well on the show circuit winning Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion honors at the South Florida Fair, State 4-H Dairy Show, Miami-Dade Fair and the Clemson Spring Dairy Show. We also had her classified for the first time and she scored a VG-87.
Olivia is 6 years old and we purchased her from Ruck’s Dairy as a young calf. Her favorite hobby is doing that weird tongue thing that it seems all Jerseys like to do. She is currently doing well in lactation number 4 at Palm River Dairy and we just confirmed her pregnant with calf # 5 due sometime in January 2020.
Trista was our first Ayrshire. She’s 6 years old and was born in Kentucky. She may be small, but she has already produced a strong line of offspring and has racked up Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion honors all over the state of Florida. Her latest Grand Champion Award was earned at the 2019 Clemson Spring Dairy Show.
Chocolate was Andrew’s first calf. When we got her back in 2014, we were told she was already weaned and eating food. A few days later, we realized that she was only a couple of weeks old and starving for some milk. It’s a miracle she lived, but she’s obviously a very strong girl! She just had calf #5 and is quite content being at home, raising her calf and helping Spice raise another calf. *Pic coming soon*
Moonstar turned 4 years old in January and was Olivia’s first calf. She recently had calf number 3, a bull, and is back to work at Palm River Dairy.