Post by daniellelowe8 on Nov 20, 2020 9:01:18 GMT -5
I milked our cow for the first time this morning. My first time and her first time. Her calf was just weaned at 5 months old. I only got about 3 cups of milk. The cow (12) had pooped and peed in the stantion and it became slippery. So we let her out and gave her calf back to nurse.
The calf was too aggressive and the cows teat started bleeding. She had nursed all the milk, so we split the calf back off. The bleeding has stopped, but it dripped blood for a few minutes.
I have three questions: 1. Is it safe to milk the cow and dump the milk from that teat until it heals? I didn't get a good luck at the teat (we were all very overwhelmed at this point), but I believe she has a gash.
2. How much milk should I get minimum if I milk her twice a day?
3 How important is it to get absolutely all the milk out everytime?
Is the blood coming from inside the udder or a skin injury? Bloody milk usually resolves itself after a few days. Just milk it on the the floor or separate container. The blood will clot in the gland and occasionally clog the teat and those have to come out too. Skin injuries vary from superficial to endgame depending on location at severity.
If you don't get her milked out, it can cause her to slowly dry up altogether or cause mastitis issues
1) Yes. Check and trim any tears on the teat if necessary.
2) No one can answer that.... Odds are she won't let down all her milk. You could give a shot of oxytocin at least the first time to see if you get more milk to flow and also to assist in flushing out the quarter that has the damaged teat.
3) Absolutely important. Not to freak you out, but your number one goal is to get the cow milked out completely and I'd recommend twice a day at least for a while until you get a steady routine and can assess the udder health and milk quality.
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and after pulling the calf it can take up to 4 days for her to give you a full let down , the calves teeth may have cut her teat , as I am going to say she is holding up for the calf , also what is this cows breed as that could have something to do with it also Suzanne
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Is it possible to put a mat down or something that won't get slippery? She was probably unhappy with not being able to give the milk to her calf so that is why she pooped and peed. This will likely continue until she understands and warms up to the new program. You may need to fully wean the calf in order to get much milk.
If she poops and pees, then gets her calf back, you are kind of going the wrong direction for building a good milking relationship with her. I understand how overwhelming it can be in the beginning but just want to point out what it looks like from her perspective. The behavior can get worse if it is rewarded.
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Last Edit: Nov 20, 2020 22:09:29 GMT -5 by treatlisa
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