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Anyone else milk cows???
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KatG    Posted 08-31-2004 at 19:43:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
we have a Jersey milk cow that is due to calf Sept. 15th so is dry right know...but get milk from the dairy we bought her from...sure hoping for a little heifer...Finding a good milk cow is a hard task...the info I got from this board is how we figure what we needed to do to find one...sure enough we did...wish we had another..Love to make butter..KatG


Spence    Posted 09-01-2004 at 12:32:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Too bad this wasn't next spring. I'd take that calf off your hands. The barn is being built now (16X20) and it should be ready by then.

These breeds are really social. They say they'll make friends and attach to anything on legs. Does she seem to get lonely being alone?



KatG    Posted 09-01-2004 at 18:37:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Our milk cow name is Ellie and the 4 month old calf is named Amos...Oh they are so affectionate...MAtt...that is hubby...has got Amos trained to lead and take showers every evening..I read an article on Jerseys and it said they have the minds of 4 year old children...I beleive it..Miss Ellie hates being alone...she will look off in the other feild for some company...if she don't see any she will come down by the gate in front of the house and stand...Wish we had more land we would have more cows for sure...Enjoy that new barn...sounds nice...KAtG


Bkeepr    Posted 09-01-2004 at 04:13:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wanted a Jersey for years, but by the time we got our farm our kids were pretty much grown and leaving the house. We got some milk goats instead. The milk is wonderful (not "goaty" when properly handled) and we "only" get about a gallon a day each from our two best milkers.

We've since dried both off and aren't currently milking anything, but Pam and I both miss the milk so we may breed one again this fall.

Good luck with that Jersey!

Tom A


KatG    Posted 09-01-2004 at 18:43:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yeap Tom MAtt and I waited until we were in our late 40's...very late..lol..MAtt will be 50 in Oct. before we got our cow an started farming...It was something we wanted to do for years but just never seem to get around to it...It is alot of hard work but it is the life for us...I love goats and may get us one...what kind are your goats??..Matt milks the cow but I think I could handle a goat..Probably could handle the cow but that is MAtt's sweetheart...KAtG


Judy in NC    Posted 08-31-2004 at 22:07:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have a 1/2 holstein, 1/2 angus milk cow that I milk each day. That's the only reason the dairy was willing to sell her - her mother jumped the fence to the wrong bull! :-) We raised her from a 2 day old baby. She is so gentle.

We were so thankful to get her. She has calved three times in the five years we've had her, adopted two other calves, and is bred right now to calve in March.

Since I have 9 children still at home, it sure helps having a ready supply of milk at all times!

Judy in NC


KatG    Posted 09-01-2004 at 18:53:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Judy...haven't talked to you in awhile but have your letter saved as a refenece on drying up a cow..Sure appreicated the info..We have been after the dairy we got ellie at to sell us another...the have Holstein and Angus too...wish they would have a fence jumper...I read that a cross between a Jersey and a Holstein is a great milker...Ms. Ellie is due the 15th of this month...Benn dry since the 27th of July...We been going to the dairy and getting milk...in fact I am drinking a glass right now...KatG


Siid    Posted 08-31-2004 at 20:53:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Haven't Milked one in years, now that I have made a career change I have more time at home and when I get all the fences fixed like I ant plan on getting a cow for our own milk.


KatG    Posted 09-01-2004 at 19:32:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We really enjoy it and love the milk...good luck finding a good milker...KAtG


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