Why Normande?

12 Jul

Why do we choose the Normande breed?

Normandes do very well on low/no grain diets. There are dairies in France that once a cow is confirmed pregnant, she gets no grain at all, instead just all the pasture she can eat. Of course the production levels would be considered pathetic by US standards, however with grain prices continuing to increase out of proportion with what we get paid for milk, maybe this way of farming has some merit. I’ve played around with the idea of separating my Normandes from the Holstein herd and going grass based with them. I would then try to develop a market for the resulting milk as a specialty milk or possibly French style cheese. I’d raise excess bull calves as veal or grass fed beef.  Normandes seem to fatten a little easier on grass than other breeds of dairy cattle.  I’d be interested in finding someone that would be interested in partnering with me in this endeavor.


Posted by on 07/12/2012 in Who we are


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3 responses to “Why Normande?

  1. thejourneyofwwoof

    01/09/2013 at 4:05 PM

    Do you have any calves or cows for sale? I would like to start raising some Normande.

    • dairycarrie

      01/11/2013 at 3:07 PM

      Hi, you would have to call Barb at the number above to find out if she has any cattle for sale but I don’t think she does.

  2. Chris Gallamore

    02/11/2014 at 3:53 PM

    I’m interested in converting my Jersey herd to Normande. We specialize in French style cheeses, and want to go all the way French.


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