Tips & Tricks
Whip up a homemade udder salve that’s soothing to dairy herds and people’s hands.
ON JILL WINGER’S WYOMING HOMESTEAD, her family knows that their Brown Swiss milk cow, Oakley, just might be the hardestworking member of the team—at least among those living in the barn. In search of some TLC for Oakley, Jill came up with a soft, fragrant homemade udder salve she likes better than the storebought type. “Bonus,” Jill says of the balm. “Works like a charm for human hands, too.” Jill says to start by melting ½ ounce beeswax in a double boiler, then to add 1 ounce each of shea butter and coconut oil. Stir until melted; add 3 ounces olive oil and remove from the heat. Cool slightly and add 2 drops each of lavender and melaleuca (tea tree) essential oils. Store in a small container and apply daily to cow and goat udders after milking. Jill recommends keeping the salve inside, as it will freeze solid in cold temperatures in the barn.
Jill Winger lives 45 minutes from the nearest grocery store on a 67-acre homestead outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming, where she and her husband raise nearly everything they and their three children eat. She says she relishes it all—even the rattlesnakes and...