- Dec 17, 2019
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- N. Central boonies, Oklahoma
Don't do it! NooooooooYeah... it's different when it's just one milk cow as opposed to a whole beef herd. No winter calvings for me, because I have to milk the cow. The calf has to be old enough to milk for me if there's a blizzard or it goes below -10F, so I like them to be born in the fall. This one is an oops calf, so I'm having to kind of wing it. It took a full two months before he was able to keep Molly empty if I didn't milk for a day. And next year (and ever after) she'll make even more milk than she is in her heifer year, so it's important for me to have a backup in the cold weather.
I think I'm gonna have to take her to see the bull sooner than I really wanted to, though. Joe is starting to think his mom's milking treats (pellet and beet pulp mash) is pretty darned tasty. Day before yesterday, when I let him out of his stall to start nursing, he went right past the milk bar and stuck his head in underneath Molly's in the headlock and started eating her pellets. I got him pulled out and re-directed to the teats, but this is a bad sign. He might be becoming unreliable as a backup milker, so if I'm going to leave Molly for several days with a bull, it should be soon, before Joe loses interest in milk completely. And if he does, I'll probably have to dry her off for the remainder of the winter and buy milk again until her next calving... I hate the thought, but that's what happens with an early "oops" calf, I guess. If I re-breed her in the next few weeks, it will still be a summer calf, but at least the next calf won't be as old as Joe is when winter sets in, so it should be a better bet for a backup.
Say it ain't so!
U better get you a newborn and let her stay in milk for 10 months.
Wean lil Joe and feed him a little. That newborn after being on Mollie for 3 months is CASH FLOW.
And! If ya get the new calf bonded (be real easy to do with your setup!)
You can still let her raise it AND get bred!
I know.. I know.....
But it really ain't no work at all!