Eight Acres - the blog — cow

How to choose a milking machine

Mar 18 2015 1 Comment Tags: cow, house cow, milking

If you decide that you want to use a milking machine with your house cow you are going to need to choose between a few different options. Unfortunately, you get what you pay for, so don't be tempted by a cheaper model until you understand why its cheap. If you can, go and visit someone with a milking machine, or go and see a display model, so you understand what you are buying.

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Raw milk in Australia - the facts without the media hype

Jan 06 2015 0 Comments Tags: cow, house cow, milking

Have you been following the current controversy over raw milk in Victoria?Long story short, one child has tragically died and others in Victoria, Australia, have become sick with various food-poisoning, all of them consumed raw milk, but there is no proven link between the milk and the illnesses. Details in the media are few and a bit muddled. Nevertheless, the Victorian government has already...

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The story of our house cows - Part 2

Nov 10 2014 0 Comments Tags: cow, house cow

In the first part we brought home Bella with her little calf, Molly, and now its Molly's turn to have a calf of her own!

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Milk cow kitchen - book review

Oct 13 2014 0 Comments Tags: book, cow, house cow

I've said this before, I'll say it again, if you want to get a house cow, you need to read every book you can find on cows.  Even if you don't agree with everything in every book, the more you read, the more you will understand what your options are.  And some books cover different topics in more detail.

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Essential oils for man and beast

Sep 22 2014 0 Comments Tags: cattle, cow, essential oils, house cow, natural cattle care

You can barely read a blog these days without coming across information about essential oils. If anyone has somehow managed to miss the essential oil buzz, it seems to be generated by two companies that produce essential oils and sell via Multi Level Marketing schemes (i.e. pyramid schemes) in which people can earn money by selling essential oils through these companies. Hence all the hype on...

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The story of our house cows - Part 1

Sep 10 2014 0 Comments Tags: cow, house cow

Here's how we first got our house cows Bella and Molly, the first part of their story.

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