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Milk
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Vince    Posted 07-27-2002 at 04:49:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi I was wondering why my jersey cow is only giving 2 1/2 gallons of milk a day .Most poeple get 5 and 6 gallons .she is in the beging of her first lactation . thanks Vince


Donna    Posted 07-27-2002 at 05:38:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I milked Jerseys for over 25 years. Often the heifers in their first lactation don't give half what they will give in later years. I assume the cow has all the good pasture she can eat. Heredity has a lot to do with it too. Perhaps it's a genetic thing. For a family cow, I consider it an advantage if a cow gives less milk than dairies would demand... there's not so much chance of milk fever and mastitis, when the cow isn't milking herself to death.


Tom A    Posted 07-27-2002 at 05:31:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Cows and goats 'build up' during their lactation: they give less at the start, increase to some peak level and then taper off. Especially on a first lactation I wouldn't expect a huge amount right away.

If that turns out not to be the problem, other causes are poor feed, poor health, and, last of all, genetics. But in your case, I'd bet a lot it is just normal.

Tom A


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