Post by justonecow on Aug 13, 2019 22:47:15 GMT -5
We stopped milking Betsie about 4 weeks ago and she is still making milk! We dry treaded her w/Tomorrow and have checked her udder a few times and there is not heat, swelling or redness. Tonight I noticed she was streaming milk from 2 quarters. Her udder is not huge but still making milk. We are still giving her grain twice a day, about 1 quart of 12 percent that she shares w/Bonnie (heifer), otherwise just pasture (which isn't great) and hay (which they barely touch). Would that small amount of grain really keep her making milk? We kept up the feed because she needs to put on some weight, maybe we should switch to corn and beat pulp. I sure do miss the milk but don't want to start milking again just yet, lol.
I had one that just would not dry off if there was green grass growing at all. I finally put her in the corral and fed her hay. Yeah, it sucks, but it happens.
I try to stop graining for a week or two or three (depending on the cow) and then start back up if I have a cow that needs some grain. I'm at that stage with a Jersey now that I need to get her coming back in as she's thin and could use some weight before her due date in September.
The Long Acre: Home to a motley crew of milking and beef cattle, a couple yard cops (dogs), too many chickens, and 5 supervisors (cats).
Is it possible she's self-sucking or Bonnie is nursing?
No, have seen no signs at all that that is the case. Almost anytime I see Betsie she is streaming so I would think if it were Bonnie (she's big girl) she would be empty most of the time, lol. But that thought did cross my mind.
I would cut grain and visually inspect udder and do not touch. Change your routine. I have dried off on lush pasture. You milked out and treated, just change her cues and you will be ok.
I had read where you told someone else this same thing so that is what we do. We quit feeding her in the milk shed and generally it's much later when we feed her than it had been. Guess we will just keep on eye on things and hope that she stops soon. I am going to get some beet pulp and stop the grain, maybe that will help too.
Oh, and to those that mentioned dry lot, we thought of that and then we forgot and put the hay bale in the wrong pasture. We have no way to move it once it's set. So, I guess we will try stopping the grain and see what goes.
claytonpaul: A bull was put on her herd Late Last May so she was expected to be due between May1 and August. They quoted me August so I wouldn't be disappointing by a late arrival.
May 23, 2019 13:07:11 GMT -5
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