I share milk with calves, so if I have to leave town I can when they are big enough to take it all, as I have someone to feed but no one to milk Suzanne
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The title of this thread made me chuckle and think as an answer: "You Don't!" (go out of town) I suggest you get two calves that can take all the milk. This takes time....and remember you will have to deal with them at least until they are weaned (and reduced amount of milk going into the house). How soon until you are leaving? Janene
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If you are not wanting to take on extra calves just for your week away you could also hire and train a capable friend (if one is avaialable) to milk for you while you are away. I have found that it is worth training and hiring a back-up milker so that on the rare occasion we can go away. Thats what works for me. Daphne
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I give a HUGE break to one of our cow share families and they take care of things for us. See if you can cultivate a friendship with a family that has the same interests and be very generous with milk and it's a win-win, You get to go out of town and gain new friends and the get delicious milk!
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Really there are only three options. A) Don't go B) Get calves C) Find a person to milk for you. I, personally, am an option A kind of girl, but I know lots of folks aren't the home body that I am. So, it sounds like you are left with option B or C. Calves take a while to get them grafted onto a cow so if you are going to go that route, you might want to get hopping. Relief milker, it takes awhile to train and the cow to get used a different person.
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I'm in the same camp with Janene and Becky, I don't go anywhere...but that's just me and my cows.
If you get the calf from the auction, and are successful getting the cow to accept it, and it trained to milk your cow, make sure to watch for mastitis when you come back. She may not let a strange calf milk without being restrained and a high producing cow left on her own my dry up or get sick. Not trying to scare you, but trying to keep it real.
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It took 3 weeks for Ebony to accept Freddie the freeloader, In that time of gently trying to persuade her how wonderful he was, I ended up with several bruises because she kept kicking at him and I would be in the way. We honestly had given up and then noticed her licking him one day. It has been true love ever since(he 4 months now)..and he gets LOTS of her milk. It seems I may have read on this website that after being fed her milk for awhile, he would begin to smell right to her. Might be true. When we were gone for a week this summer, I trained a college age neighbor and he did great. he is a very conscientious animal caretaker so we trusted him. He thought a milking machine would make others even more willing to babysit. But it is really nice knowing I have a calf to take care of getting all the milk.
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Post by Nonesuch Melissa on Aug 14, 2012 15:57:46 GMT -5
I have been milking for over three years continuously. I just stay home... and if I REALLY have to go somewhere then DH stays home... That even included me going alone out of state for my mother's death and final arrangements. If I HAD to, I know I could ask Liz and she would do it... I've done it for her... but mostly I want to be here...
Maybe check here and see if another KFCer is close enough to help you out. If not that I'd check with local raw milk folks (try realmilk.com) even goat milkers and see if one of them would let you board her for a fee.
A rental is just money if you don't go... If something happens and you lose your cow it probably wont seem worth it. If you do not have someone reliable, I'd stay home. Too much can go wrong with leaving a cow/calf pair alone.
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Post by sarahcountrymomma on Aug 14, 2012 16:12:49 GMT -5
I was super concerned about this when we got our cow.. We don't go on vacations a lot, but within 100 miles of us we have 150+ relatives to visit. There are always get togethers and reunions. I feel like keeping up family relationships are top priority. So for us, building in a way to be able to leave was crucial. I found 2 families that milk the cow 1 day a week. They take care of her and pay for the feed for that day & they take home the milk. They knew from the start that this would mean they'd be taking over for us throughout the year. I can't tell you how great this has been.. The families love the experience, & our cow enjoys the families. It's super easy. I milk with the new families for a couple of months until I know Abilene is totally comfortable & in good capable hands. The families know how to handle behavior issues, & how to look for health problems, etc. What I've ended up with is a happy, versatile cow, grateful families to be a part of "farm life" when they normally couldn't be, & freedom of schedule stress free (well, almost stress free;). I recommend it to anyone.
7 children, 1 milk cow, 18 chickens, 1 milk goats, 2 goat kids, 1 horse, 4 dogs, 1 cat, large garden, 21 fruit trees
Post by WoodSpryte Farm/Tiffany on Aug 14, 2012 16:14:59 GMT -5
ROFLMAO.. My initial response and still is WHO goes out of town with cows! ROF.. I sure dont. LOL.. you lucky dog.. we are married, but happily most of the time, to the farm. if we cant go and get back in a few hrs.. we just dont go. god forbid we have an emergency out of town.
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i tried advertising for someone to relief milk, one or two days a week. did not work. i found it easier to keep the calf on her, and get a foster. now i milk when we need it, and should i go away my sister just house sits like she would for a sibling with a dog to feed.
comes and stays the night, feeds morning and afternoon. no mess no fuss, no close handling of cattle.
if i was chained to TAD milking (ie, fresh cow, no calves etc) i'd either stay home, or pack her in a float and take her with me.
Find a homeschool family who is in the loop with the local homeschool coops and they will know who has animals that would be able/willing. Around here there is a 13 year old by who relief milks for extra $.
also, you may want to think about reducing her grain a day or two before you leave and thru your trip gone. From my experience, they will pick right up again.
So mamas will graft fosters and some always have to be contained and some (few) absolutely won't, I'm told. We have done some of that but not enough to have lots of examples so I'm quoting others. A calf that is of any age at all can drink 3-4 gallons a day.
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