- Jul 8, 2017
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- Bulls Gap, TN
Yeah it's kind of like my wife keeps telling me she wants a horse until i remind her that she doesn't have the time to take care of one and I'm not doing it.
My wife told me she wanted a miniature donkey for this past Christmas. She did not get it!!
Drank it right from the cow in the 40's, after filtering through a cheesecloth. The cream in/on morning cereal was the best. Used what we got while "stripping" after milking. Didn't hurt us. Didn't get breakfast till after the cows were milked, barn shoveled and cows back in the pasture.
Those who say she won't last long are right. Was a lot of work. We used to separate the cream, sell it and use the skim to feed the pigs. Life was very different in the early 40's.
. . . . I'd be a bit timid about getting myself that close under a heavy strong footed cow. Get her a training goat first. If she can milk a goat for a week and she enjoys the labor intensity (she doesn't have to like goat's milk)...then buy her that cow.
Getting slapped upside the head with her tail isn't fun either.I've been kicked a few times when milking a cow. I still don't think that made me as mad as the times I'd be just about through and the cow would carefully lift her foot and put it down in the bucket.
Yawn....................................................................ad infintimI milk. Last year I bought my small jersey heifer and I swear, she was given to me by God himself. She is everything you think of when you picture yourself out in the barn, hand milking while the barn cats beg for milk and chickens cluck and scratch in the background. Her milk was fit for the angels on high to drink. I still can't understand how I got so lucky to have such a well behaved heifer that took to milking like she had been doing it her whole life. Long story short, she is dry for the next 9 months and I just couldn't stand not having milk that long. So I got on craigslist and facebook marketplace.
Now I have julia. Julia has only been a commercial cow. Took a few days to get her to let me scratch and pet her. Best way to win a cows heart is through their stomachs. lol. Anyway, julia had come along nicely since I brought her home. I could touch her all over, including the udder. That is until she had her calf. (got the birth on video and pulled the shoulders out to!) I got her into the milk stanchion 3 times before it became impossible. Now, the milk stanchion isn't made in mind for a cow that will not, under no circumstances, put her head in it. I was ready to sale the crazy b!#ch. Buuuuuut I am even more stubborn. It's a flaw sometimes. Drives my husband crazy I'm sure. So, now julia is forever to be a barn lot cow so that I can "easily" (it's getting better) run her into the (beef) cattle working shoot with head catch and not have to run all over the fields chasing her. I put a anti kick bar on and she is a dream to milk while she eats her grain and alfalfa hay. Like I said, it's getting easier. Takes me more time to get her into the shoot than to actually milk her I think. I am having to milk morning and night right now until either I get another calf or her calf can take it all. Then I will be able to pull the calf overnight and milk the next morning or evening. That allows us to be able to go on vacations or I am just exhausted (I work full time in a hospital). Yes, the mornings I work in town I do have to get up at 4am to get her milked, everything cleaned and me public presentable and out the door by 545 to get to work by 630. Makes for a long day. And yes, she has to go longer than 12 hours between milkings those days.
The only time my husband helps is by either separating the cow and calf (when I milked Jill last year) or letting them back together.
All that to say, you might be surprised by your wife. She might just love to milk. But i really think if you do help her get a cow you should invest in a anti kicker bar. They are a hell of a lot cheaper than a broken arm or even superficial injury. Even a milk bucket getting kicked over on the 2nd to last squeeze is worth the roughly $30. That and it's all about calf sharing.
What's her plan with the milk? I've made yogurt and lots of butter. I am currently trying to make edible cheeses. lol. It's a learning process. And not exactly cheep, but lets face it, most hobbies aren't.
I can't count the times I've sit on a T stool with my head jammed into the side of a cow with a milk bucket between my knees.Ah hell. That's just LVR. Some are long winded, some pontificate. Me, I'm just a smart ass. I didn't know about. An anti kick bar. I learned something. It takes all kinds!
Silvy! I am surprised. I could have sworn that I saw you in an 18 wheeler blocking traffic on Windsor bridge! eh?
BTDT... had a jersey that would do it about once every 10 days or so.... ALWAYS on the day I needed milk for calves or something....GRRRRI've been kicked a few times when milking a cow. I still don't think that made me as mad as the times I'd be just about through and the cow would carefully lift her foot and put it down in the bucket.