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Spring Valley's Heritage Farm welcomes cow, newborn calf

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  • Emma stands in the fenced area outside the barn after the March snowstorm.

      Emma stands in the fenced area outside the barn after the March snowstorm.
    Courtesy of Schaumburg Park District

  • Schmidt nestles in the hay in the Heritage Farm barn.

      Schmidt nestles in the hay in the Heritage Farm barn.
    Courtesy of Schaumburg Park District

 
Submitted by Schaumburg Park District

Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley, 201 S. Plum Grove Road, welcomed Emma and a newborn as the season mooo-ved closer to spring.

The Schaumburg Park Foundation purchased Emma, a Jersey cow, for $1,500 in early March from a very small dairy farm in Cornell, Wis. The Foundation purchased her with funds raised through donations and events including the popular Solstice Hop & Vine Fest, this year slated for June 22, at Spring Valley.

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Emma, who has given birth twice already, was purchased while she was pregnant. The excitement of a new resident in the barn continued when Emma gave birth the following week. Her newborn Jersey named Schmidt, named after Schaumburg Park District Board President and Park Foundation trustee Bob Schmidt, was born March 13, and is a healthy 40 pounds. The Foundation trustees chose the name "Schmidt" as well as "Emma."

"Emma and Schmidt are great additions to the farm" said Farm Operations coordinator Jon Kuester. "Children as well as families will be able to milk Emma and watch Schmidt grow over the next few months."

Emma and her new calf will be featured at educational youth programs offered by the Farm including Hands on History for fourth- to sixth-graders and the annual Springtime on the Farm event on April 14.

The new Jersey additions also add to the historic nature of Schaumburg's 1880s living history farm.

"Schaumburg had many red cows despite Jersey cows being a very common breed in 1880s America," said Kuester. "Jerseys are the smallest of all dairy breeds, their milk has the highest butter fat content and are good for cheese, ice cream and other high products."

Emma and Schmidt will keep the barn busy through Mowing and Mooing, an event on June 30, that features the life cycle of the milkshake and plenty of ice cream.

The grounds of Heritage Farm are now open. The farm's interpretive program began April 1.

For information, call (847) 985-2102 or visit www.parkfun.com.

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