Anyway to increase milk production? Jul 14, 2009 17:11:16 GMT -5
Post by Leimana on Jul 14, 2009 17:11:16 GMT -5
As a lot of you know from reading the story of Pua, the dexter/jersey milk cow in her 7th week of lactation who is woefully producing only cups of milk per day, we have undergone much milking trials with this little girl. I am afraid that she is trying to dry herself up. We have gone to OAD, but I am very nervous now that she is going down instead of up like we hoped. She is getting lots of food. Soaked oats, barley, BOSS, beet pulp, and alfalfa pellets, topped with ACV and DE. This is fed at milking time. Then 2x a day we harvest grass for the 2 cows. We have major grass though! I am talking fat, luscious, 4 ft tall grass, typical of a tropical zone. She also gets different kinds of nitrogen fixing trees that are high in protein. Our cow twice her size is very healthy and Pua does not seem like she is needing any extra. I am hoping someone might know how to increase milk production. Does she need more food than that? I have tomention too, that she has shelter to go in and out as she pleases and about a 1/2 acre of lot to move freely. It does not have grass, because its out winter lot, and since it has not stopped raining in months we cannot move them to where the ground will get damaged. The lot is nice, lots of trees and shade and sun, whichever they desire and most of the ground is not mud about 3/4 is firm dry ground. There is mud but its a winter lot All in all I feel like its not an uncomfortable place. Our dog leaves the cows alone, its quiet and peaceful and we keep milking time the same. I am at a lost and would really like to see her milk production go up. Is it a possibility?