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Silly little question about milking cows
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Deb    Posted 04-17-2002 at 10:00:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've been searching all over the web and can't seem to find the answer I'm looking for, so I thought I'd give this a try. I'm writing a novel and actually need to know the name of the device that's used to prevent/deter a cow from kicking. I once lived on a small farm where we hand-milked cows, and the farmer used one of these occasionally...but he's no longer around for me to ask. It went over the cow's back. I think it looked a little like a wishbone...not sure. It was a rather simple thing that went just in front of the cow's hips. If anyone knows what this thingamajigger is called, I'd really appreciate a quick email. Thanks!!


Karon Yeoman    Posted 07-15-2002 at 08:32:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
How many pints of milk does the average cow produce daily


Warren    Posted 04-18-2002 at 14:06:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Deb,

That thingy to prevent cows from kicking is called a "Kow Kan't Kick". It is available from NASCO as item number C00104N in case you want to view it on their online catalog.
I have always known it as a "Can't Kick", although some of the heifers still can kick with it on!
Warren


Lar    Posted 07-18-2006 at 09:26:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
do male dairy cows have utters?


PAM HENKEL    Posted 06-15-2005 at 08:36:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
WHEN MILKING A COW BY HAND DO YOU :
A. MILK FRONT TO BACK?
B. MILK SIDE TO SIDE?
C. MILK BACK TO FRONT?
D. MILK DIAGONALLY?


me    Posted 10-13-2002 at 19:16:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
do u have to milk a cow everyday and if so how much do you get


Rick    Posted 02-19-2006 at 17:06:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
When I was a youngster, I milked our cow Betsy on its
right side. I worked in a dairy that miled all cows from
their (the cows') right side. Can you confirm that cows
are not milked from the left side of the animal?


Hal/WA    Posted 04-17-2002 at 21:52:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
We had a piece of apparatus my Dad called "kickers" that we had to use every time on one of our cows, or she would kick over or step in the pail. This apparatus had 2 shackles made out of heavy sheet metal formed into hooks that fit around the backs of the cow's legs above the knees. Between the hooks was a chain that went in front of the cow's legs and one of the hooks had a keyhole-like opening for tightening the chain. If the cow tried to kick with the kickers on, it would pull the other leg out from under her. She caught on real fast that she shouldn't kick with the apparatus on! I tried it on a few other cows, but since they were not used to it, they would just struggle and get upset. The kickers were necessary for that one cow, but we really never had much problem with any of the others.

I did have an old battery jumper cable hooked to the rafter to capture the cow's tail. Nothing like being swatted across the mouth with a tail switch that has been dragged through the deep barnyard "mud" in the springtime. Ick!


Denny    Posted 02-12-2006 at 12:45:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My father put a steel trap, (for trapping) from the ceiling and you would put the cows tail in it before milking. That kept them from switching you in the face.


Jim(MO    Posted 04-17-2002 at 13:13:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Way back in some foggy corner of my memory I seem to remember using a short loop of rope around the knee area to hold one hoof a few inches off the floor.


DeadCarp    Posted 04-17-2002 at 11:04:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
They were called "kickers", so were the hobble things with the chains between. Better to take a piece of twine and tie the cow's tail up to the rafters. They only step a couple times and they find out how tender that tail root is.
BTW, if you hold a horse's tail while walking behind it, he won't kick you either.


They were especially useful    Posted 04-17-2002 at 10:25:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
during stump-breaking periods.


Tyler(WA)    Posted 04-17-2002 at 10:10:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Rope


JoeK    Posted 04-17-2002 at 10:08:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
We always called it a "cow kicker",basically a large tubular clamp that was snugged around the cow just ahead of the hips,causing discomfort to the cow if she tried to assume a kicking stance or raise a hind foot off the floor.Once a cow is used to the milking procedure and milker they are seldom needed.Most common use was on 1st calf heifers(cows) that had never been milked before.


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