#036 – Life in Elmira – Eby Manor with Jim Eby
Eby Manor Golden Guernsey milk and cream is produced on their local family farm by 60 registered milking Guernsey cows. Just north of Waterloo, their Waterloo Country farm is also home to many calves and young heifers who have been born on our farm. Each one has a name and is unique in her golden-fawn and white markings, as well as in her personality. Some enjoy being entertained by the cats and kittens. Others want the attention of whoever happens to walk by and like to be patted or hugged. Some even prefer not to interact with anyone.
The youngest of the herd are nestled warmly in the nursery, which helps them get off to a strong healthy start. The cows are groomed frequently and fed four times each day, and a special bedtime trip is made to the barn each night to make sure they have enough feed in front of them should they awake and crave a midnight snack. All are given a fresh bed of straw daily and receive veterinarian care from trained professionals who are familiar with the herd.
The milk from each producing cow is tested by a certified milk tester monthly to monitor and record her milk production as well as butterfat and protein content. At regular intervals, the farm also asks a certified classifier to rate each cow against national breed standards in the categories of strength, mammary system and overall body conformation which are key indicators of a cow’s longevity.
More about their products
Eby Manor Golden Guernsey products are available in over 100 stores in Ontario but you can also come right to their farm. Currently Eby Manor is producing 10% cream, cheddar cheese, balkan style yogurt, chocolate milk, 2% milk and whole milk.
Eby Manor Golden Guernsey milk is carefully pasteurized at the lowest allowable temperature to ensure minimal processing and maximum goodness. As also required by law, their milk is fortified with vitamin D and our 2% milk is also fortified with vitamin A.