Ok, I'm new and also this is our first milk cow. We have had milk goats so I know about animal management and milking. But goats poop is nice and hard while cows poop is liquidy. So my cow has poop on her underside. I know I can was her udder (of course!) but can I wash her legs and chest too? And if so how does one go about it best? I like my milk to be as clean as possible.
Also is it normal for a cow to look skinnyer right before giving birth when the baby drops? I worry were not feeding her enough hay (70% grass/30%alphalpha). She doesn't ever finish it totally off by the next feeding and we give her about 3 cups of sweet grain a day.
Post by bighornranch on Mar 2, 2011 12:25:08 GMT -5
I give my cows baths occasionally. I just tie them in the wash stall for my horses and bath them like a horse....they seem to enjoy being clean and don't mind the process at all. Of course I have warm water, lol, but I'm sure they would be fine with cold as well. I don't get them all wet when it's cold and nasty out, I wait for a nice sunny day so they can dry in the sun. If they are really nasty I will spot wash them. I hope this helps Happy milking, Suzanne Dorado Andaluz Bighorn Ranch
I wish I could wash my cow! It's too cold and nasty right now for it but I'd do it if I could. As for the skinny, it's called slab-sided and yep that's an imminent calving sign. Calves don't really drop since they ride down low for most of the pregnancy. Instead, they turn from upside down to right side up and move up so the bump on the right side disappears because they are now in line with the birth canal. Have her teats filled? Does her tail head feel like you can wiggle it right off?
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Post by Rhein-O-Ranch on Mar 2, 2011 17:15:35 GMT -5
Go to a cow show and you will see just how to wash a cow....LOL and blow dry them too.....
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