Question on milking for the home cow folk

Discussion in 'Cattle' started by backyardfarmer, May 7, 2005.

  1. backyardfarmer

    backyardfarmer Member

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    Hello all,

    I am relatively new to the boards here, and do not yet own a cow, but hope to soon.I will be relocating this summer for work and have found a couple of nice 5 acre places near where I will be working.

    My question is this: How many of you only milk once a day, either in the morning or evening, and leave the calf with the mother for the other half either during the day or overnight?


    I realize this may cause problems of various kinds, but it would seem to solve some as well. I have seen it mentioned in places ,but yet to find any real description of how it works.

    thanks
     
  2. petefarms

    petefarms Well-Known Member

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    I currently have 11 head, jersey and holstein heiffers, cows and calves.
    At times the holsteins have had to much milk for their calf and I either milk them twice a day or buy another calf to put with the mother, which doesn't always work, depending on the nature of the mother. As a rule if I want the milk, I keep the calf off the mother after the morning or night feeding and milk out the next feeding. It works quite well and can save you a milking each day depending on my schedule, if I dont need the milk, I will leave the calf with the mother round the clock. Hope this helps.
     

  3. Carol K

    Carol K Well-Known Member

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    I only milk my Dexter once a day, I pen the calf overnight and i milk in the morning only taking what I need or want and then I turn the calf in to finish up/clean up. I take my milk from one side so I get my share of cream, and the calf gets the otherside. if I don't want to milk I leave them together.
    With a cow that produces more it may not work when the calf is very young as like the previous poster mentioned, there will be too much milk for the calf initially. I wouldn't want to milk any other way, for me it's ideal, it's casual, I can still go away if I want to and my life is not restricted.

    Carol K
     
  4. JeffNY

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    The most important thing about milking, is to make sure that cow is milked out (dairy, as beef doesn't seem to be affected). So whether your feeding a calf, and milking to drink the milk. Make sure the cow is milked out.. As far as health issues? Depends, we had a Jersey, and did this and did not have any problems. She used to raise 2, and they kept her milked out. No mastitis, etc etc.


    Jeff