Post by jerseyrose on Jul 31, 2020 13:29:03 GMT -5
Is that due to the volume able to come out of the teat opening? I've had 2 goats like that over the years( teeny, tiny stream) and they couldn't properly feed their kids and I had to supplement along with their nursing. I would say it was genetic . I culled the does.
Last Edit: Jul 31, 2020 13:32:18 GMT -5 by jerseyrose
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Post by finallyfarming on Jul 31, 2020 14:12:53 GMT -5
My first cow was a slow Milker. She had teeny tiny orifices. I used to joke it was like emptying a bucket with an eye dropper. It wasn’t until I got another cow that I realized how true that joke was. It got worse with each lactation. She never had a problem with her own calves, they were all butterballs.
Post by aimeeenergy on Jul 31, 2020 19:46:23 GMT -5
Yes, currently milking 7 cows, so no machine concerns! I've never tried to hand milk her, so not sure about the teat orifice size, though I do clean and inspect meticulously and they've never seemed different from that perspective. Also, I strip about 5 squirts from each teat before putting inflations on and the stream seems normal/comparable to the other cows.
I'm curious to hear more about this: "breed them to something like NZ genetics to improve milk flow"? Thanks for anymore insight, Aimee
I'm curious to hear more about this: "breed them to something like NZ genetics to improve milk flow"?
If you look at NZ proofs, there's a measure of milking speed, slow to fast. If you want to work with and improve specifically that, you could look for the highest milking speed that fits with what you want.
Of the current LIC lineup (according to the PDF I saw recently) the highest milking speed is this bull:
Related sort of....When visiting Echo Farm in New Hampshire where I bought my first heifer, they were demonstrating their new robot milker. The robots are hugely expensive but have come down in price enough to make them a reasonable consideration for a medium sized dairy. After the learning curve that seems to be the norm, they say they are never going back. The calls at night are now the rare ones from the robot when it is stuck, not from an employee who won't be in the following morning. One of the things they have noticed is how variable and valuable milking speeds are for individual cows and how it affects overall performance (i.e. relative to the time it takes for a cow to go through the system and the next to follow) So it makes sense that genetics would offer a tendency for milking speed in that venue. Letdown won't usually last 20 minutes. Its a genetic trait for sure, not something you can change. My NZ jersey just wants to flush that milk through her udder fast. Makes me realize how slow some of the others are.
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My Milking Shorthorn is a slow milker, too. She milks 1 gallon OAD right now, at about 9 mos. fresh. I had a Jersey that could put 3 gallons in the bucket in a quarter of the time. I just learn to be patient.
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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
Trim: I'm baaaaacccckkkk!
Aug 31, 2019 17:57:22 GMT -5
alpacalexi: My mini jersey cow is pregnant, however the last couple days her udder has deflated. My vet saw her on the 23 and said delivery in a couple weeks Is there a reason for her deflating?
Oct 2, 2019 17:17:00 GMT -5
Trim: She probably aborted a while back. That happened to one of my animals. She was bagging up but within a short while of her "due date" she began to deflate. I had no idea what had happened. I was seriously bummed out.
Feb 8, 2020 20:46:23 GMT -5
mamacherri10: good afternoon! I have not been on the website in a long time. Have a new jersey milk cow and am looking to see how long she needs to be dried up prior to calving? She is due the third week of May.
Mar 10, 2020 14:33:11 GMT -5
steven888: Dry her up now, she needs 6 wks of rest.
Apr 1, 2020 2:05:11 GMT -5
highlandteen: five to six weeks is generally suggested
May 7, 2020 14:39:23 GMT -5
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