I know I have been on this site for what seems like forever but when it comes to dairy cows I really still feel like a Newby. We have always put at least two Fosters on to Tilly so I have never been sure how much milk she gives. Usually by three weeks I can stop milking regularly. However with Donna she is giving me + 20 L/5 gallons a day with her calf on. This is her second lactation. She milks fantastically in the morning, lets down and gives me everything she has. In the evening she holds up. I am not fond of milking in the evening either. We finally have spring growth and she seems to be upping production. She gave me 20L this morning in about 4 mins. We are now two weeks in and I want to go to one milking a day in the morning, I would be really happy if this reduces her supply as it is way too much for me and we can’t get a foster due to Covid travel restrictions. Is going to OMD likely impact her udder health?
I went to once a day with Hannah this lactation when she was producing 6 plus feeding her calf. Not sure how flexible your schedule is but I first stretched out the timing between to 18 hrs or so for a couple days then did once a day for one day then 18 hrs etc til we got to four a day once each day with no ill effects. Admittedly, I was intentionally trying to reduce production cause no one needs 9 or more gallons a day in the house lol and that is what she does if I don't back her down.
Are you sure you can’t acquire a calf somewhere? Livestock sales here are essential...animals can’t stack up! I was having the same issues with Sophie And just got a foster for her.
We don’t live in an area that has a lot of spare calves so we need to be able to travel. The guys down Jo’s way have finished calving. However I have put a request to a foster on our local FB page and messaged the lady we got calves from last year. Donna hated the fosters and wouldn’t let them feed but she may be better this time as she still has her own calf.
MaggieGal, Yes thats what I thought. I think I need to keep milking TAD or get a foster. I just hate trying to graft fosters on her. She was very stubborn about not feeding them.
@bnb, thats a possibility if I don’t get a calf for her. But coming into spring grass I am not sure I like my chances. She seems reluctant to decrease production. I actually had to stop milking this morning because there was a grave risk of the milk flowing into the suction hose from the tank. I have a non return valve but the fluff on top was not triggering it enough.
Post by simplynaturalfarm on Oct 10, 2020 22:00:54 GMT -5
For my sanity I switched a 65 lb day 4 month fresh heifer to once a day last week. Nobody on here seems to be doing oad much with higher producers, but I'm running out of hours in my days, so I just did it. She dropped to 50 lbs oad and is still mad at me, but otherwise all is well. I took my Dilly to oad (5 month fresh heifer) and she went from 30 lbs to 27 lbs. I used to milk my tildy oad from the second she calved and she gave 4 gallons morning with calf on
I am definitely a newbie. But I did read a book called “Dairy Farming: The Beautiful Way” by Adam Klaus. He milks once a day. We switched to OAD on our cows after three weeks due to our farm schedule and it was pretty seamless. We keep the calves on at night and separate them for logistical reasons during the day. It seems to work to milk before we put them all to bed. I am hoping I’m doing the right thing.
I always keep TAD milking, even with less day light, I have a routine and I stick to it like glue. I am always concerned with udder health and being these dairy cattle are so bred for production, I can not justify the risk of issues. So I milk all excess to bottle calves and pigs. This does allow me to raise extra.
Wow. Our cows give 5 gallons a day between the two of them. It seems pretty humane with the calf on all night. I hope it is. I am definitely so new to this and I don’t want to do the wrong thing.
You're fine 🙂
If you're getting 5 gallons between 2 cows by milking AND letting the calves take all they can drink, you are keeping pace with production as your cows are only giving you 2 or 3 gallons per milking. It's when a cow is a large producer, competitively speaking, that physically milking twice a day is required - often those cows are out producing what a single calf can consume.
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