His name is Tommy. Because I just couldn't come up with anything off the top of my head and our AI tech is Tom.
Momma cow is huge and I expect that Tommy will be a very big boy when it comes time for him to fill freezers.
He's already taking most of her milk. I didn't take the milker along last night, based on the previous day of 2 cups, but she had one quarter that was still pretty full. I milked it until it was soft, but not empty, and maybe got just under 1/2 gallon, which I fed to the chickens.
My plan now is to take a walk up to the barnyard to do an udder check. If she needs to be milked, I'll lock her in the stanchion and shut the barn door so Tommy can't pig out before I get some.
I don't like the flavor of her milk, so I can only drink it if it is flavored. Bailey's does a nice job at about 1/4 cup Bailey's to one cup of milk and add ice. Plain chocolate syrup if it is early in the day.
Julie wife, mom to 3 wonderful ( now adult) kids :-)
Jersey steer --Willie RIP-- Rose-Jersey RIP-- Abby - Jersey Rosie-- Jersey past family cow Lily -- Angus / Jersey past family cow 2 appaloosas- Candy, Sierra 1 quarter horse - Salem 3 dogs-- Sunny, Mia, Sadie a herd of 25 Boer goats 37 chickens
She's mostly Holstein and Milking Shorthorn with some Jersey hiding in the corners. Buttercup was 3/4 Jersey and her milk was nice and rich, even with most of the cream skimmed off. Anne's milk separates into a very thin creamline with watery, almost blue milk below.
So, I quit milking again. I can get by drinking whole milk from the store, with some probiotics and Lactaid on the side, and I will do that until Rosebud freshens. She's more than half Jersey, so her milk should be very good.
To prove that I still know next to nothing after 12 years of milking, Anne's udder was very full and she was dripping the same day I said I wasn't going to milk anymore. I tried hand milking, but I'd had too much after a half gallon, so I went for the machine.
I got another 3 quarts that only had 2 inches of milk at the bottom the next morning. The flavor was much more mild, too. I had started giving her extra ADE supplements a few days prior.
So I hauled up the milker last night and spent 35 minutes trying to clean the muck off her udder. I finally gave up, milked, and dumped it for the hens. MAYBE 4 cups.
So, her udder has been very empty again in the intervening 2 days. Which it had been for several days prior to the extreme full and dripping of the other night. The milk (CREAM!) is still sweet.
It feels odd to think of just milking once a week or so to empty out her udder, but is it possible that will work and the milk still be good? I can do that if necessary and was thinking that would be ideal when I still had the 2 boys on her but this is a very different situation.
So Rosebud needed to be AI'd again on Friday. I'm more confident in this breeding, though, as she stood stock still as soon as he started prepping her. We used the same bull and I'm excited to see the results.
Anne was showing mucus on Tuesday and Wednesday and then a bleed off on Friday. I don't plan on having her AI'd until we'll get a spring calf from her, so I've got time to get her schedule down pat. Her milk production has decreased enough that Tommy is keeping up with her now.
The bull calf is still doing really well and the AI tech was amused to have his name "taken in vain".
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
biubiu: I think that CBD oil will be more popular. Because in is nice product for medicine and for simple guys.
Sept 15, 2020 14:31:42 GMT -5
guernseygirl: Can someone let me know if my pictures are showing up in the Auction Barn post? There should be 5 photos
Sept 20, 2020 20:58:54 GMT -5
wyatt: I treat cow s like people when doctoring.
Dec 15, 2020 22:54:52 GMT -5
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