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Family milk cow....
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Mark    Posted 04-30-2002 at 18:18:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks to all for responding to my post concerning the length of time to milk a Jersey.
This was my first time using this forum. I'm impressed!!!!
Another question: Does anyone out there use a bucket milker for one or two cows? This is probably a lot of clean up for just one or two cows. However, it would make milking a "Fresh" cow much easier....I think.

Spence    Posted 05-01-2002 at 15:06:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
A good book for the family in regards to cows

The Family Cow, auth Dirk van Loon
Garden Way Publishing,
Charlotte, Vermont 05445
ISBN 0-88266-066-7

Can't say it's still in print.

It's not a agri business book and is non-technical and focuses on the care and keeping of a family cow.

Mr. Tracthrob    Posted 04-30-2002 at 19:46:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
May I say that cows nowadays are bred to have smaller teats for machine milking.
Our purebred Jersey herd that my parents had[and I helped milk] all had larger teats than I have seen at today's dairy farms.

Mark    Posted 04-30-2002 at 19:54:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Another good reason for a bucket milker....

Les...fortunate    Posted 04-30-2002 at 18:57:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have to tell you a story I remember from years ago. I went to an auction that used to be held every Monday night in Thetford, Vermont. They brought in this one particular cow and ran it into a corner to see how she milked. They only got milk out of one quarter. The auctioneer said loudly "She'd make a good family cow" and then, under his breath "if you have a small family". Everybody heard it and all had a good laugh.

Judy in IN    Posted 04-30-2002 at 22:12:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Mark, when I was milking one or two Jerseys, I used a bucket milker. My wrists always gave out after 3 gallons, and these were the "modern" Jerseys. (little teats) It really didn't take that much time to clean the bucket and cups, and it kept the milk nice and clean--no stray straw, etc.

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