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I’m Palace Rosco Supreme:
I know that’s a crazy name but… did I get it?


Palace Rosco SupremeHere at Rogue Creamery, we love pictures of baby cows, and who could not? Their adorable little faces, big brown eyes and goofy grins warm everyone's hearts. Not long after birth, the calves get a tag in the ear to identify them and registered calves also have formal names, not just numbers.

The owner of the dam (mom) is basically the person who gives the calves their names. The sire (dad) doesn’t have too much to do other than eat grass and look for more friendly females. The first part of any registered calf’s name is the farm prefix. That’s where they live and in the case of many Rogue Creamery calves that’s Palace for Palace Farms. So the first name is Palace followed by part of the mom’s name and part of the dad’s name. For example my mom’s name is Jo-Dee Supreme Triscuit and sire’s name is Jo-Dee Denmark Rosco. Complicated? Not really because this calf is called Supreme!

What's in a name? A lot according to British researchers who reported that on farms where each cow was called by her name, the overall milk yield was higher than on farms where the cattle were herded as a group. (Anthrozoos, 2009)

Rogue Creamery prefers the milk of Brown Swiss cows to make it's artisan cheese. Originating in the Swiss Alps, Brown Swiss adapt well to hot or cold climates and produce large volumes of milk ideal for cheese-making. Their unique ability to yield milk with an ideal fat-to-protein ratio sets them apart from other dairy breeds. Brown Swiss cattle can be grey, dark brown, tan or even almost white in color. Their hooves, muzzle and switch are usually black. They are often noted for their big floppy ears and docile temperament.

posted August 2013