Maybe it's the milking shorthorn. Maple dried herself off last year also. I was kinda shocked as it was happening. Like... WTH is going on here?!! She was already 10.5 months into her lactation tho so I milked another week and let her Dry off. I didn't see how long your cow is in milk and when she's due.
This year, 2nd lactation, I just pulled the calves, 9.5 months into lactation, I'm milking twice a day and it appears things are going to go the same way as they did last year. She's letting down "ok" but tonight I got 3/4 of a gallon only 🤦🤦 ugh. No advice. Some cows I think once the calf is off just think it's time to be done 🤷 sorry.
My cow did this to me this lactation. I planned for four months without the calf before drying off and got only two. Boosting feed did not work. I came to the conclusion that some cows are not persistent enough milkers to keep up production when they're bred and the calf weans at six months. These signals to stop making milk can't be easily overridden. The solution is probably either pull the calf at birth and not milk share or plan to have a calf on til dry off (either hers or a foster). I'm going with the latter option this next lactation. If your cow has a long time until you need to dry her off I would try putting a foster on to try to maintain supply. I don't think you have many other options unfortunately. You certainly have my sympathies. I was as annoyed as hell when this happened to me.
rd200 she's only 8 months in; due in Sept (pregnant but unconfirmed which mow has me wanting to vomit) Last year she gave me 1 1/2 gallons until I dried her off at 10 months....but I assumed the low amount was because of trucking her here. Her and Jolene go through a 68 lb bale of alfalfa and a 45 lb bale of hay in two days. This is expensive milk.
Jolene has a milkier sire so I have hopes for her; my big plan is to make her my milker and give ChiChi two calves to raise, buuuuuut....I may need to start sighing about the virtues of a milky cross (and THREE cows, lol)
Boost her feed and keep milking. Explain the situation to her.
Last night I went back out and served up more alfalfa - anxious about this mornings milking.
Would alfalfa *pellets* added to her grain be a useful addition to try?
If she's getting a lot of nice alfalfa hay, I'm not sure alfalfa pellets would help. How much grain are you feeding and what kind is it?
I have no experience with MS so I don't know if increasing feed will help. It does with almost all our BS. So does spring grass--no matter where they're at in their lactations everyone's production jumps up when they go on spring pasture. So maybe if you can keep her going until then...
False alarm! It's def feed related - she was full full full this morning. Looks like I need to hand feed her alfalfa which is no biggie, I'll just keep her locked up with a fresh stack for a while after each milking.
Is she getting any grain at all? If not and you aren't opposed, that could give her a bit. But in reality, heifers don't need the protein from alfalfa/clover. You could throw her a flake of alfalfa hay a day if you feel guilty, though.
Yay!! I hear ya on the "very expensive milk" part and the... "Unconfirmed pregnancy" part. I'm in the same boat with my other cow and I'm gonna be so upset if she isn't pregnant since she's already 10 months in. Ugh. Glad yours was a false alarm!
Post by simplynaturalfarm on Jan 15, 2019 17:16:39 GMT -5
I give my best hay to lactating and newly weaned heifers. As they age and grow, I reduce quality. I don't want fat heifers fed too high energy, but I test hay because I don't want to underfeed either. Mine get akfalfa because it is what I can buy, usually good quality to freshly weaned, then drop to 1st cutting at 8 months.
Send some of that milk in and get her confirmed! Glad you found your lost production. I'm milking my Milking Shorthorn, Ellie, once or twice a week. I am curious to see when she weans her calf if she'll wean me, too. Unfortunately, she's not cycling regular enough yet to get her bred back. Her calf is 4 mos, so hopefully soon I can get her settled.
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