|Ocean Breeze Farm|
Ocean Breeze Farm is owned by the Pancieras, and Frank Panciera, who you can see pictured on the Cabot Cheese label below, was on hand to greet his guests.
|Cabot Pepper Jack Cheese Label Featuring Ocean Breeze Farm|
Doug, a member of the Agri-Mark Cooperative who was helping the Pancieras out for the day, gave me a tour of the cow barn and shared the information about the farm and Cooperative. Ocean Breeze Farm is a small dairy farm, with 26 cows, primarily Holsteins and Jerseys. The Holsteins produce a greater quantity of milk than the Jerseys, but the Jersey's milk has a higher butter fat content.
|Jersey Cow (Brown) and Holstein Cow (Black and White)|
|One of the Cows|
Cows generally begin producing milk when they are two years old. They'll produce milk for 12-14 months and then will have to begin another cycle by being bred. The cows are milked twice a day with milking machines. The milk flows through pipes (seen at the top of the picture above) to a holding tank where it is picked up every other day by an Agri-Mark truck. The milk from Ocean Breeze Farms is taken to facilities in Connecticut for production.
A handmade poster hung in the barn shared other interesting facts:
- Cows chew their cud for up to 8 hours
- A cow's average body temperature is 101.5 degrees
- Cows weigh between 1300-1500 pounds
- Calves weigh 80-100 pounds
- Calves are fed milk until 8-9 weeks old
- Cows have 207 bones
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