Monday, October 20, 2008

The 7% Solution

My daughter Blue Umbrella, aka Baby Blue, aka Blue, is certainly the prettiest of the regular milkers and obviously the smartest, and her milk tastes the best. The farmer uses Blue's milk as the daily latte milk, since it is the sweetest. But the farmer didn't want to put her on regular milk test since she is a first freshener and only had a single kid, so she is just milking once a day. On test everyone is milked twice a day.

So the farmer decided to do a one-time test on Blue's milk just out of curiosity. All the other milkers average between 3.5 and 4.5% with their butterfat. They do go up some in the winter, to give them credit for their mediocre efforts, but usually they average around 4% for the year. The butterfat is what makes the milk taste good, and it is what the cheesemakers want to make beautiful cheese.

Sheep have high butterfat, maybe starting around 6%, and this is why people milk sheep, because why else would anyone milk sheep? No offense to the sheep of the world, but if you think the Nubians are low on the IQ totem pole, what until you see the sheep.

There are sheep out there that make Boo look like Stephen Hawking. And that isn't easy.

Anyway, the test came back and of course Blue had the highest butterfat of anyone, and almost double some of the big girls. That's right, 7%. One of her great-grandmothers milked 11%, so we will see what happens in the winter, she may go up even higher.

But anyway, ha. Meanwhile the big large bossy girls fill the pail with water. Yum, delicious, tomme de l'eau, save me a piece, I bet it goes good with gruel.


Anonymous said...

Yeah, ok, she's cute alright but you should see baby pictures of my daughter, Smidgen. Waaay cuter! Sounds like that dumb bumper sticker you see sometimes...but true. And I'm sure her milk butterfat would probably be around 8 or 9 per cent, that is, if she were a milker....Plus, she was the world's tiniest how cute is that?

Marigold said...

Of course Peanut is the cutest baby ever born there. And, since it is physically impossible for him to be milked, he probably has the highest milk fat there is since it is avirtually untapped source.

Anonymous said...

Uuummmm, I don't know about that. Maybe we should get the Farmer to post some baby pictures of Herron Hill's cutest kids aaaaand since this is election year,so they tell me....we'll let the public Vote!!

Anonymous said...

How bout them adorable baby photos and then we'll see who's the cutest!

goatfarmer said...

But Quattra, are you sure you want to go up against Peanut? Do you seriously want to go up against him? He is the Kid of the Year, and if he rallies his base he could have THOUSANDS of votes pouring in. Are you sure you want Smidgen to go up against that? Smidgen is a complete unknown. She's not even the governor of Alaska or anything.

Anonymous said...

Why, absolutely! You know what they usually say about the underkid, except of course, if you really are the governor of Alaska! And Farmer, don't you remember those udderly, beautiful, long lashes of hers? She can even wink! So let's hear it for the underkid...Smidgey!!!