Gusty is a very nice girl, she is very people friendly and doesn't
spook easily. She leads and loads in a trailor. I didn't milk her
when she calved in October as I had planned too, because we were
getting plenty from our other cow Maxine. Her first calf was small,
about 30lbs. and couldn't keep up with the milk production. Her
udder got so engorged and the teats also filled up and were very
hard to get ahold of with hands. I believe she could've been milked
out by a machine a lot better. But since we didn't have one, we
borrowed a newborn Brown Swiss from a nearby dairy and put on her
for about the first month. That relieved her discomfort right away
and I believe she never got mastitis or anything. I'm not saying
that she could be used as a nurse cow - she didn't like the brown
swiss and only let him nurse while in a head stancheon and eating
feed. Later on, however, Gusty and our other cow Sioux raised their
calves, Grover and S Kimo, together, letting both nurse on either of
them. I think it's the color - they were both black and same size.
Gusty's teats has gotten longer and I believe she could be easily
milked the second time she freshens. I touch her udder every time I
check on the cows and she doesn't mind it. When she was very
engorged and I tried to milk her, she did pick up her leg now and
then, but it wasn't the "fast as lightning, I'm going to kill you"
kick, it was a slow "please, leave my poor udder alone" request.
Gusty's next calf would be due in November-December. Our bull is a
short-leg so the calf can be ether long or short leg, chances are
Gusty's sire is 3rd place winner in the mature bull class at the '06
AGM and her sister out of the same dam but by a different bull was
winner of the potential milking heifer class at the '07 AGM.