When I wash Corabelle before milking, I wash her teats and udder immaculately, wash her flank and belly and the inside of her legs that are near her udder. Her flanks, belly, and legs can be muddy, poopy, etc, and seem to not get quite clean (on somedays, LIKE TODAY). I don't want to drag out a hose (especially in this weather), but I want to make sure all is clean enough. The parts I'm talking about don't touch the milk bucket, so I think all is okay, but I wanted to check with those who have done this longer than me. Common sense tells me all is okay as it would take hours to get everything as clean as her udder and teats. Second question... She was bred about 2 weeks ago after having her calf last Aug. (I had to bring her to the bull and it's been quite a winter here). These last two days her milk production has dropped about 1/2 a gallon. Is this probably a result of being bred or just because of any other reason under the sun? Also, this was her first calf, so we were only getting 3-4 gallons a day. If I'm getting a little less than a gallon and a half in the am, can I milk her only at night and still maybe get the 3 gallons a day? Or will she cut back to the evening amount only? Thanks everyone.