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  • Katie Dotterer-Pyle

When We Have to Sell a Cow

I understand why we (farmers) do it, but I never said I liked it.


The part I hate most about dairy farming? Selling cows. Especially my favorites...like #38 here who always tried to eat my hair, take my hat and playfully headbutt me.


She came to us from a farm family that sold their herd not too long ago. They gave me the backstory on this cow: she almost didn't make it as a calf after being born on a bitterly cold winter day in PA. She started her life in this family's basement and got a lot of extra loving.

I promised to take care of her and we have for over a year, but she aborted her calf, tanked in milk production and gained too much weight which would eventually make her sick and kill her.


It costs six dollars a day to feed EACH cow. She was only making 24 lbs./day. On average, our girls produce about 65 lbs./day. She was no longer able to pay for her room and board. Dairy farming is a business and we have to make tough decisions like every other business owner.


I understand the economics and I understand why she had to leave, but I never said I liked it. Trust me, I wish we could afford to have a retirement pasture. Lord knows it would be full.


Whether you agree with it or not, we're just trying to survive like everyone else. But my heart still breaks when I have to say goodbye.

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Cow Comfort Creamery

We opened our seasonal on-farm soft-serve ice cream business last summer to provide another revenue source to keep our ladies happy, healthy and comfortable.

We are now open for the 2020 season! 

Hours of Operation:

Monday:       CLOSED

Tuesday:       CLOSED

Wednesday: CLOSED

Thursday:      4 p.m.- 9 p.m.

Friday:           4 p.m.- 9 p.m.

Saturday:     12 p.m.- 9 p.m.

Sunday:       12 p.m.- 9 p.m.

Due to COVID, we all need to follow new guidelines:

🍦 You can still see the baby calves in the group pen, but the rest of the barn will be roped off to help protect our farm team. You may NOT get in the pen.

🍦 No picnic tables will be setup, but feel free to bring a picnic blanket & eat ice cream on the lawn

🍦 Please keep 6 ft apart at all times

🍦 As always, for your safety please do not wander around the farm- it's still private property. 

Address: 435 Ebert Rd, Union Bridge, MD 21791

We accept cash and all credit/debit cards

Menu:

  • Chocolate, Vanilla and Twist soft-serve ice cream

  • Various toppings

  • Milkshakes

    • Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Cookies n' Cream, Maple​

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