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Milking pregnant cows
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Ian    Posted 11-23-2004 at 10:07:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Why do cows that are pregnant give less milk? Is the milk they produce going to the calf inside them or is it because there body is trying to do so many other things?

Donna from Mo    Posted 11-23-2004 at 11:46:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Even if a cow by some chance does not get bred, she'll still give less and less milk, the longer she lactates. I believe it works that way with all mammals.

Jet9N    Posted 11-23-2004 at 11:59:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I vote with Donna, it,s just natures way.


JoeK    Posted 11-23-2004 at 10:43:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would suspect that is because the cows energy is going to the developement of the calf,not milk.Most cattle are dried off for awhile before calving.This not only gives the cow a respite from milk production,but allows more of her nutrient intake to go the calf.

KatG    Posted 11-23-2004 at 12:02:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Ian...We milk a Jersey cow..beore she had her calf we dried her up 6 weeks before the due date...some recommend longer but we just went 6 weeks...The calf is 2 months old today and our cow gives about 4 gal. og milk and feeds the baby also...who is as fat as a pg...The older the calf gets I think the less milk it will need so the Mother stops producing as much...The vet told us 60 days was her prime time for milk and should start going down from there...Todat is the 60th day...KAtG

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