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Milking cows
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Galia    Posted 03-02-2003 at 12:35:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello! I'm a city girl who doesn't know much about cows. My friend and I are having a debate: do cows give milk all year around? or only for a limitted time (i say 8 months or so after having a calf). we'de be so greatful for some info!!!


Donna from Mo    Posted 03-02-2003 at 13:27:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cows give milk as long as someone milks them, up to two years or so. Ideally though, you milk them starting when they calve, breed them after three months of milking, and dry them up 6-8 weeks before they have another calf. This would give you one calf a year, and 10 months of milking.


someone    Posted 04-14-2005 at 19:31:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
well then.



Ana - Donna is right    Posted 03-03-2003 at 05:48:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
You can milk them longer but it's hard on the cows and they eventually give less milk. Better to freshen them once a year and you get a valuable addition to the herd and pocketbook. (if all goes well, hugh?)


Brian-2N    Posted 03-02-2003 at 13:13:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Not a farmer here, but I buy milk right off the farm from someone. They milk only after calving, and only for 6-10 months, depending on the cow. There is also less output at 10 months than there was at 1 month.


Cindi    Posted 03-02-2003 at 13:05:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Limited knowledge here, but they give milk for quite some time and then have to be freshened. Not sure how long, though.


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