Venus and Jerky are doing fine. He's approaching 8 weeks of age and has quite the appitite. From birth to 5 weeks I was able to milk one side and let Jerky have the other. A week or so ago Venus stopped letting down on the front and a visual showed that Jerkey had graduated to emptying 3 quarters. Yesterday, my lone quarter for the house was dry. Seems Jerky wants it all...
I've gone back and forth as to how long Jerky should be allowed full 24/7 access. I guess I'm wanting to know if the house should go to store bought dairy for a month or so or, Should I separate the two and begin a scheduled milk, starter, hay, and water diet for Jerky. He's very healthy and has began to climb but Venus has no part of it. Venus has been good at sharing her hay and Dairy 16.
A local beef rancher stated that I should continue feeding mass quantities of milk up to six months of age?
I would do neither and start seperating them overnight, milk in the morning, and let Jerky nurse all day. I leave my cow and calf together 24/7 for 4-6 weeks, then do the seperation routine until the calf leaves or is butchered.
If you keep having let down problems I would not let the calf out in the morning and try milking a few hours later when Venus is very full, so she gets the idea that she has to let down for you and the calf.
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I follow Claire's method except on those years when I totally separate and bottle feed. Jerky does not need it all. Your beefer friend forgets that a dairy cow produces three times what a beef cow does.
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