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Lots of Milk!

Welcome back!

I hope you had a wonderful week! We did a lot of work around here. We always work hard, but it seems that when fall is on the way we do more work. We try to get the stalls cleaned, the chicken pen cleaned, and garbage picked up out of the pasture and other areas. We get new animals, and sell the ones we don’t want anymore. We make sure all the animals have good shelter for the winter, and that the fences are in good repair.

Today I thought I would show you a little bit more about Echo and what the milker looks like when it’s milking her.

Often I’m the only one out in the barn milking. Bryon and Matt are out and about doing other chores so I’m the one that has to get the milker on all by myself.
There are four inflations (those are the silver tubes) that need to be put on all four of Echo’s teats.
This is what it looks like when the pulsator is going.
That’s a lot of milk that’s being sucked into the tank!
While the milk machine is milking Echo I hand milk the goats. The milker milks out four gallons of milk from Echo a little bit faster than I can milk one gallon of milk from Matt’s goat, Annie.
When I’m done I filter the milk and put it in gallon jugs, cool it a little bit in ice water, and then put it in the refrigerator.
How many gallons of milk are in the refrigerator today? 
Are they all from one day? 
Somedays I don’t put the milk in the refrigerator. Either Bryon or I separate the cream from the milk. 

The milk goes into the big container in the sink.
The cream goes into the jar.
I love to watch the milk and cream in the two plastic pieces
near the middle of the milker.
I got almost 2 quarts of cream from 4 1/2 gallons of milk.
The jar in the middle is a quart jar.
The jars on either side are pint jars.
Two pint jars hold the same amount as one quart jar.
That may not seem like a lot of cream but our cream is
so thick that you have to scoop it out with a spoon or a knife!
It doesn’t pour out of a container like the cream from the store.
Last week I showed you the squeaky cheese that Quin and I made. Your teacher said you read a poem last week about Little Miss Muffet. I thought you would like to see what curds and whey look like together.
The curds are in the spoon.
The whey is the liquid in the pan.
I give some of the whey to the chickens.
Most of the whey goes on the garden.
Whey makes good fertilizer and helps the garden grow!
Quin loves curds! Whenever we make cheese he always
wants a little bowl filled with soft curds to eat.
We got a new animal this week! His name is Sully.
Sully is 8 years old.
That’s older than most First Graders!
He’s a good cat.
He loves living on a farm.
Can you tell this is his favorite chair?
He doesn’t like the dogs very much so he finds a spot in the house
where he can sit and relax with out the dogs bothering him.
Maybe you are wondering why we didn’t get a kitten. We love kittens, but there are so many older cats that need a home. Sully’s old owner was moving to another place that doesn’t allow cats so he wanted to find a new home for his furry friend. He thought Sully would love living on a farm instead of living in an apartment. 
Do you think Sully looks happy?
If you have to write a story, maybe you can write a story about Sully! Or about any of the other animals on the farm! 
If you write a story about the farm I would love to read it!
Have a great week filled with learning!

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