Normande Dairy Herd
Twice a day we bring our dairy herd in from our pastures to be milked. Kyle Schlatter, our herdsman, manages the daily rotation, moving the 90 cow herd and upcoming heifers through the pastures in a waltz of pasture management and livestock health.
We are breeding for A2A2 Normande cows, achieving our first 7/8 calves in 2016. The Normande breed is a centuries old dual purpose breed from the Normandy region of North-West France. Its milk is prized for making cheese as Normande milk contains high levels of the casein proteins responsible for gelling and curd formation due to the breed having high occurrence rates of the B Kappa Caseine genetics; this property allows us to make a higher quality cheese with greater consistency.
Being a dual purpose breed means that in addition to milk, the meat from our Normande herd is exceptional as well. Normande cattle have good marbling through their meat that lends itself to good flavor and moisture when cooked.