Bovine engineering says that hair on the udders is a sign of poor nutrition: A cow with long silky hair has milk fat depression and is living under poor management. Does this mean that the amount of hair on the udder will vary according to the cow's nutrition?
One of my cows' udder is positively fuzzy. The other is half-bald. I never even noticed, even tho I have spent time looking at and considering their udders.
Is all this info true, and how did they figure it all out? (Gee, I'm still working on figuring out about their eustachions! I guess since I avoid getting close to their back ends, it would help if I hadn't stepped on my distance glasses!)
Definitely varies with the season. Until BC started shedding out in March, I hadn't realized just how hairy she had become over the winter.
The front of her udder is what I would refer to as "fuzzy" - the back half has short, silky white hair and almost appears bald, while the front half has brown hairs that stick out a bit. And she definitely gives a LOT more milk from the hind quarters.
Also, according to their pictures and other definitions, she is a very healthy cow. Which I knew before I saw that web page, but it is nice to have confirmation of that.
I think what they're talking about is the type of hair that Fancy had on her udder when I got her 5-1/2 years ago. Normally, Fancy has very short hair on her udder which gives the appearance of being bald. The back always stays bald looking, but during the winter she has fuzz on the front quarters and floor of the udder that's no more than an inch or so long. But when I got her, she had these really long, like 3-4 inch long, hairs on her udder. I shaved them off then to make milking easier and they never grew back. She's never had them since, so I would assume that they were the type of hairs referred to in that link.
lew92: Just a note: Use the 911 area for emergencies. This is more of a chat area...
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madameecho1: Brand new to the site, and jersey cow and bull will be arriving today! Cow is 2.5 years old and 5.5 months preggers with first calf. Any suggestions greatly appreciated...
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YounkerHomestead: I am sooo glad I found this site! I don't know many people in my area interested in owning a family dairy cow. I am really enjoying reading the threads from like minded people Good luck to everyone calving!
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dextergal: Ya ikr?!? The people on here are really sweet also!
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Janene: Hello folks! Don't forget to look through the Tree of Knowledge! Loads of information there with photos in some sections!
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hadassah: Hey guys check out my new post...
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faithwingnut: Can someone give advice in the 911 section please!
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cheyne: Hi anyone here?
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mama1ruby: please help me identify a scaley round ringworm looking spots on my calves head and neck
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7kremerz: Need to rehome adult pyrenees in south wisconsin
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jennyinwexford: Cow with nose bleeds shakes head any ideas on why?
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cathymb6: I have a new calf, not sure when to start milking heifer. Saw somewhere within the first 12 hours. Is this correct?
Jul 6, 2014 13:32:48 GMT -5
mommamary: Researching dual purpose milk and fiber goats. Does anyone have recommendations?
Jul 7, 2014 19:01:46 GMT -5
mommamary: I am researching goat breeds that have Both good milk and fiber for spinning. Are there any good ones?
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Jenny at Sagehill: Problem w/fiber goats is they put their energy into fiber, not milk. Cashmere goats might work, but their fiber needs a special dehairing machine to remove a LOT of coarse hair from a bit of cashmere.
Jul 13, 2014 12:05:01 GMT -5
Jenny at Sagehill: Angora goats might work except they aren't bred to milk much or longer than their kids require. They're rather smaller animals and can be finicky.
Jul 13, 2014 12:08:13 GMT -5
beelady: i had an angora doe that was a precocious milker. huge udder too... right now im crossing angora buck on nubian does saving the doelings that show mohair/cashmere and breeding those onto angoras..
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romal: hi there..does anyone know if the Heifer Diary will continue & how Joann is doing?
Jul 17, 2014 14:16:14 GMT -5
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