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Cindi    Posted 06-01-2004 at 15:55:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
What great milking stories! I can't wait to try this. Although Fred is already talking about building a milking chute so that it will be impossible for her to kick until she gets used to the milking. Thanks for sharing the stories! I have milked goats before but only to releive engorgment, never kept the milk, always gave it to the dogs or the cats, sometimes baby pigs if I had 'em. It was just too much trouble to clean the udder and ahh, you know. For the cow, I will have all the proper equipment.

sharon g    Posted 06-01-2004 at 16:52:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Why not keep the milk? Goooood stuff. We don't worry about a lot of cleaning -- we do brush off any loose dirt, etc. After milking, I strain it twice with cheese cloth and then direct into the refrigerator (or into baggies and freezer if I'm saving that way).

JB    Posted 06-01-2004 at 16:29:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
The days the cow's tail was heavy with cockle-burrs are the days you don't forget! Ouch!

Stony Jim    Posted 06-01-2004 at 16:10:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hope that proper equipment encludes cats. I loved dowse them! They would all be sitting there in a line waiting their turn for the next squirt!! Hope you exclude the wet(yuck!) tail that would get you up side the head and around and in your mouth(YUCK!)!

Larry 8N75381    Posted 06-01-2004 at 16:24:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't remember being hit by the tail. Maybe with my head against her flank I was out of the way. Lord knows there were certianly enough flys in the barn lot to have a lot on the cow. I also do not remember ever having the cow kick. You would think that if she did I would remember.

Stony Jim    Posted 06-01-2004 at 19:00:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
We had one that when you were almost done, you moved the bucket, because if you didn't, she was gonna get that hoof in it one way or another!

Steve from TN    Posted 06-01-2004 at 16:48:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
The occasional cow would kick. We had a device you could put on her legs that would keep her from kicking. I found that if you kept your forearm against her leg, she was less inclined to kick the bucket.It was very disapointing to my mother when we came to the house with no milk. We drank cold cocoa just about every night for supper. That's all we got and all we wanted. If we didn't have cocoa, we felt that we had been cheated. Us boys would drink about a quart and go back for seconds. Sometimes when all of us get together, we still make our cocoa. We are now 71 down to 46 and it is still our favorite beverage. We now make it with splenda. It's too strong for mere city folk. Yall have a nice day.

Stony Jim PS    Posted 06-01-2004 at 16:13:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
After a couple times, I tied her tail to the far side of the stall!

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