Another newbie question... When you leave the calf on the cow and are milking the "extra", do you dip the teats post milking or not? If you do, do you use the same or different teat dip and/or procedure as for regular milking when no calf is nursing the cow? Thanks again for any info! This forum is the greatest!
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When I have a calf on the cow, I use raw apple cider vinegar (ACV) one part to ten parts water, as a teat dip. The commercial stuff I has is made with quite a bit of iodine in it and I don't think it would be very good for a calf.
Post by farmeratheart on Aug 4, 2013 21:58:49 GMT -5
I would not use any of the commercial teat dips if the calf is with her 24/7 as it would contain chemicals. Whatever you used would be quickly replaced with calf slobber anyway. If you have them separated except for supervised nursing then you can dip after the calf is finished.
I asked the waiter, 'Is this milk fresh?' He said, 'Lady, three hours ago it was grass.'
I don't use a teat dip when I share with the calf. I lock the calf up overnight, milk in the morning and let the calf finish up after me. I figure the calf slobbers are the time tested way to leave the teats so I go with that. -Lisa
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mocha: I just was looking around for some answers when I came across this board and found it very informative. Our Jersey cow has a calf about a week ago and I am not getting much milk from her..a litre maybe. What can I do?
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wyomama: mocha, please do post a thread in the Family Cow section - people viewing on thier phones don't see the chat box.
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