A little background, Bridgit was a Dexter field cow when we got her at auction 3 1/2 years ago. She had a calf and was bred back although we didn't know it at the time. We worked with settling her down but didn't milk with that calf. When she had the next one we started milking. It was a bit of a rough start but eventually she settled down and was fine. She just had her newest calf last week and it's been almost a year since she was dried off from the last. (took awhile for our new young bull to get his stuff together) So we penned the calf the first night and milked some colostrum, Bridgit wasn't happy but she was tolerant. Unfortunately over this week every other day she kicks so bad we have to give up. We have one person with a heavy stick to thump her ankle before she can get in a full kick but it's still nerve wracking. Any ideas? We're not doing anything different from last year that I can think of, same stanchion, same calf procedure.