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Kicking Milk cow
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virginia homesteader    Posted 07-20-2004 at 03:45:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a cow that I have recently become afraid of.....
She does have horns......She used to be gentle and let me pet her and milk her but I recently
gave her innoculations. and now I think she is out for me..... She just calved, and I want to milk her.

I need creative ways to milk her. and to getover my fear....
I will take any suggestions


mike    Posted 07-20-2004 at 15:28:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
take some baler twine and loop it about her girth right behind her front legs. If she still kicks tighten it some more. You will win; if ya tighten it too much ya can put her right to her knees. After she gets used to it ya may not even have to tighten it up. Trick from an old farmer who's milked a BUNCH of cows

QUESTION    Posted 07-20-2004 at 05:58:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
How long have You had Her?
Is this Her first Calf WITH YOU?
What is the condition of Her tits,Udder?
Is the Calf still sucking Her?

Lastly forgive Your prior respondents, They just got up on tha funny side of tha Bed this Morning, most of the time They are pretty decent types...some of the?once in a while? uhhhhh ever?

Fern(Mi)    Posted 07-20-2004 at 05:51:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
May I make some suggestions?
First off, don't abuse the animal. You are messing with her kin, plain and simple. She's only trying to protect what is hers.
Perhaps let the cow have her calf for three days. It will take that long for the colostrums generated in the cows system and udder to be drawn away before her milk is fit for human consumption. Then take the calf away, permanently. They will each grieve for a few days but will get over it. If the cow is difficult with kicking there are two ways to solve this after you have stantioned her or at least haltered her to tie her somewhere securely. The first method involves use of a length of rope to go about the cows girth with a looped tied back on one end for the free rope’s end to pass through. The rope should pass over the cows back ahead of the pelvis bones, down her sides and pass under the back of her belly just in front of her udder, putting the free rope’s end through the loop and pulling it all up tight, tighter if need be and secure it to itself with a half hitch or two. This should keep her feet down. If not, at least down enough to hobble her. Getting angry or upset, slapping her about will only enforce here wary feelings right now. Gentleness is the key word to regaining her trust and cooperation. Second method if you are getting into building a dairy herd, there is a screw device that fits over the cows back like giant “C” clamp that fits into the hollows of the cows lower belly, tightening it lowering her kicking ability.
A second thing you can do, in addition to the afore mentioned, tie her to the hinged end of a gate fastened to a wall. Swing the gate against her holding it if need be with a rope tied off to keep her from side stepping for milking.
Let me add also, lean your shoulder into that hallow place on her lower right side, and thoroughly wash her udder and teats to clean yes, but also importantly to relax her,
If you should ever find any cuts and or abrasions use some bag balm upon her. Great stuff. For helpful quick healings, and good for your hands also. A teat dip is also a good idea to keep teat opening clean and medicated against fly’s.
This my view point for what it helps.
Good Luck and have fun.

deadcarp    Posted 07-20-2004 at 05:28:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I hope you milk her in a stall - that confines them somewhat and takes care of the horn issue. Then pound a nail in an overhead joist and use twine or something to tie her tail up to the nail rather firmly. Critters have lotsa nerves in their tail root and hate to stretch those muscles too much. Same with a frisky horse - if you pull on its tail as you go by, you can walk around behind without getting batted. :)

bob ny    Posted 07-20-2004 at 05:04:38       [Reply]  [No Email]

Les    Posted 07-20-2004 at 05:09:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yup. Or devise some contraption that makes it very unpleasant for that cow to kick.

No no...    Posted 07-20-2004 at 03:55:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
You have to be NICE to them to get milk out of em...

You can't just go around kicking em and expect em to be nice...

Salmoneye, Resident Jester

mike    Posted 07-20-2004 at 15:36:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
yrs ago had a cow named Solstice, miserable pain in my rear end- would kick at you EVERY time ya milked her. One afternoon she launched me across gutter onto the walk. I'd had a bad day and the shutt shovel was too close to be ignored; I broke it across her side I'm ashamed to say. She never kicked me again. Instead she started trying to bite me as I pushed the feed cart through the feed alley. I really hated that cow...

Melanie    Posted 07-20-2004 at 17:15:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
...sounds like a real sweetheart....
can't you eat milch cows?

Les    Posted 07-20-2004 at 03:58:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
I went to school with a kid who had lost a leg. He didn't kick.

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