When I was looking thru the farmers classifieds I kept seeing the term "springing heifers" Can you define this for me? I know a heifer is a female cow, that usually has not yet calved yet, or is a first timer. But I dont know what springing is!
Daisy the cow Cooter the bull calf 5 horses 1 pony 2 mini donkeys 2 chocolate labs 1 english bull dog puppy 11 barn cats
Our cow was a "springing heifer" when we got her and she has been very easy to train, we don't even have a stanchion, just a chain and a wall! Go visit the ones you're interested in and spend some time scratching them, see how they react. Some cows like people, that's one you want, and some are, well, just crazy!
Thea mom to Parker and Owen, wife to Devin Co-builder of hand-made house, caretaker of 7 sheep (and growing!) 12 heritage chickens, and cats Mona, Winnie and Tansy
Mona was super easy to train...I got her as a springing heifer (our guy actually called her a "springer heifer") I got her used to coming in to the stanchion for treats and brushing for the time until she calved (didn't have a due date) and got her used to being rubbed all over. She adjusted really well. I was worried since I heard all these "rodeo" stories about first time calver's being milked...I think personality and prep work ahead really helps.
I don't have a stanchion either, just a chain. My Fiolka was underage to be pregnant when I got her, but everytime I was around her I would pat her udder with my hand to get her used to the contact the first few times she [very mildly] retracted but after that she was OK with it. She was no problem. I like the advice above about visiting the cows to see who is friendly or not.
Dan Jake & Fiolka Registered Heritage BreedMini-Jerseys; Camelia, their heiffer calf; Sammi & Rosie registered, heritage Tamworth pigs; Grazyna - Nubian doe Muscovy ducks, chickens, Toulouse & Embden Geese
I was one of the people with the rodeo heifer. I had had her for a year before she calved and she was used to being touched and brushed. Unfortunately this did not help when she gave birth and then was milked the first time. She has serious mood swings when she comes into heat and when she calved. We know this now and are prepared for it. I would not try a first calf heifer again unless I had a stanchion and a "kick stop". The "kick stop" saved us. My girl is now just the best. She is a pleasure to milk. I would still suggest that a person new to milking get an "experienced" cow and learn from her. I would definitely go and look at the cows for sale and see what their personalities are before buying one. Janet
Buttercup, 2nd calf heifer (3/4 Jersey/1/4 Holstein) Cupcake (daughter of Buttercup) born 5-8-07 (7/8 Jersey/ 1/8 Holstein) BetsyRoss (daughter of Buttercup) b. 4/20/09 (7/8 Jersey 1/8 Holstein) 2 dogs - collie & English bull dog 7 cats Many old hens, young hens, too many roosters 9 guineas 5 Narragansett turkeys (Tom Hanks and his harem) 1 goat 2 geese Love them all
cathymb6: I have a new calf, not sure when to start milking heifer. Saw somewhere within the first 12 hours. Is this correct?
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mommamary: Researching dual purpose milk and fiber goats. Does anyone have recommendations?
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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.
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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?
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Chatty Kathy: I've been out of the KFC, milking mass quantities. I cannot seem to find Joann's current diary entries and saw a post asking how she is doing. She has been such an inspiration and help to me. I'd like to know how she is.
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erinnny: sparkey75 Because not everyone changes their profile pic.
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mootopian: I am trying to post an ad to tell folks I have good dairy cows for sale, but I don't understand how to start a post.
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Jerseytinkerbell: Figured it out, I think. Had something to do with my anti virus.
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mootopian: What would make me active?
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Janene: Ask a few questions and introduce yourself!
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