Milking cows to make cream and butter, from udder to butter!
Adrian and Lisa greeted the group outside, after introductions the group walked over to the cow shed. Lisa called Bloomers, the cow through along with her calf. The children were given the chance to name the young calf, they decided to name her Bob. A few of the children were given the chance to milk Bloomers, after they'd had a go they (along with a lot of help from Lisa) had produced 8 litres of milk.
After the milking, the milk then needed separating so the group headed indoors to meet Adrian. Adrian talked about the equipment he used to separate the milk and cream whilst he put the machinery together. He then pegged a piece of muslin over the dish to help filter the milk before pouring it into the machine, the milk and cream where then separted, coming out of the two pipes.
With the milk and cream separated the children were then treated to scones with fresh cream, ginger cake, gobbies and milkshakes made with the fresh cream, all courtesy of Lisa. The children then headed out with Adrian to look at the baby chicks and had a play in the garden.
Adrian showed everyone the shearing shed and explained the shearing board, stands, press and table which is used to clean and grade the fleeces.
Back inside, Lisa showed the children how to make butter by mixing up the fresh cream until it turns butter, she also adds a little salt. Then she patted them with wooden butter paddles and wrapped them up in grease proof paper ready for the fridge.
A huge thank you Adrian and Lisa for showing the group the process from udder to butter, you were truly wonderful hosts.