Does a cow decide when she wants to dry herself out? Our cow's calf is 6 months old. We moved the calf to a new pasture because she was biting the cows tits. We were having to milk 3 times a day because of this so we got an orphan calf. The cow allowed the calf the nurse for about 2 weeks then started kicking him off. We are now milking twice a day but are having to feed the calf a bottle after we milk. The cow is now trying to kick us off when we milk. The tits have been healed for sometime so that isn't it. Also, how much do we need to milk from each quarter to keep her from getting mastitis? If she is trying to dry up and we keep milking her out, won't that encourage her to continue to make more milk? Help!!!!!