I'm very happy to have these old favourites back home. After a few months of r&r at Bottle Tree, during which time I've had to suffer 'bought' milk in my coffee I'm glad to have welcomed these girls home in preparation for babies.
Priscilla is due to calve next week,
her expanding girth and burgeoning udder a clear giveaway.
Unfortunately her old udder has got a little closer to the ground (gravity favours no species it seems) and her baby will need a little help learning how to 'go low' in an effort to get a drink. Usually a couple of days is all it takes, milker calves known for their ability to latch on to anything.
Her Brown Swiss cross daughter Penelope, who happens to dwarf her mother,
will be last to calve, due several weeks after Priscilla and Olivia.
Olivia, the cheekiest milker by far is perhaps my favourite to actually milk. Provided enough grain is placed in front of her, she'll fill a bucket with little effort.
We're looking forward to an abundance of milkshakes, custards and puddings in coming weeks. And with these three giving me as much as twenty litres a day, I'm thinking of giving cheese-making a red hot go.
Cue eye-rolling from the big fella.