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12 years 2 months ago #419216 by edster951
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goatmama;416294 wrote: By the way, what is the best approach to quietening one down for milking? Only have a small calf shed we use to milk the goats in. Are in the process of trying to adapt it for a cow. Should we take the calf off of them and see how they go now or let them settle over winter and start in the spring? Or halter her and tie her like they do for the A n P shows?


ROUTINE........when we got our cow, we got her as a calf. Each time we went out and could get close enough to pat her, we'd tickle her teats.

We had her AI'ed, and a few weeks before calving we do the same, pat tickle. We'd put hay and grains in the shed and encourage her in for a feed, and tie her in gently and massage her udder.

When she calved all I ahd to do was call her name, shake the bucket and in she would walk. First week was a bit of a struggle since she had her calf, but we got over that. We'd lock the calf away at night, milk her for what we needed for the other calves, and then let her calf at her for the day....

ROUTINE.....

Eddie
Invercargill [8D]
New Zealand

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12 years 2 months ago #419292 by goatmama
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Thanks Eddie, might call on you to help if we need it.

Hope the photo comes through Jo. It was early this morning and the frost was looking lovely with the sun just comming up.

10 acres in sunny Southland. Husband and 3 boys. 17 Wilties, "Clucky quarters" 2 doz + chooks, rouen clair ducks, Coffee our Irish Terrier and Kaz and Mooch our wee Kitty's. Our Big White Shepherd, Nena. Bennie and Mo the moos
Prov 27:27

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12 years 2 months ago #419296 by Jo-Otago
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Where's moos piccy GM, did you email it? I luurve those early crisp dawn mornings! :)
I'm not sure about Dexters, but dairy cows won't get enough Ca & Mg from those salt blocks - I think it's 20g MgO a day I put in feeds (more if pasture dusting) prior to calving, and about 4x that of dolomite after calving

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12 years 2 months ago #419301 by goatmama
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Trying again. Stupid machines.

10 acres in sunny Southland. Husband and 3 boys. 17 Wilties, "Clucky quarters" 2 doz + chooks, rouen clair ducks, Coffee our Irish Terrier and Kaz and Mooch our wee Kitty's. Our Big White Shepherd, Nena. Bennie and Mo the moos
Prov 27:27

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12 years 2 months ago #419302 by goatmama
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No didn't e mail but am thinking it will be easier then you can post it for me, he he he.

10 acres in sunny Southland. Husband and 3 boys. 17 Wilties, "Clucky quarters" 2 doz + chooks, rouen clair ducks, Coffee our Irish Terrier and Kaz and Mooch our wee Kitty's. Our Big White Shepherd, Nena. Bennie and Mo the moos
Prov 27:27

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12 years 2 months ago #419303 by goatmama
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They are on their way to you via syber space Jo.

10 acres in sunny Southland. Husband and 3 boys. 17 Wilties, "Clucky quarters" 2 doz + chooks, rouen clair ducks, Coffee our Irish Terrier and Kaz and Mooch our wee Kitty's. Our Big White Shepherd, Nena. Bennie and Mo the moos
Prov 27:27

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12 years 2 months ago #419388 by Jo-Otago
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Wow you've got a whole HERD! [8D]

Looks like the girls are nosey enough to meet the neighbours now, hehee

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12 years 2 months ago #419408 by Inger
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Get an older Dexter cow. Her transition into lactation will be easier then a heifer and she won't be fussy about the quality of grass she asked to eat. We used our Dexters to break in our land. They'll even eat various weeds like tobacco weed etc. Haven't had them eat gorse yet though.

There are Dexters around that have been put in milking herds, or been handled as a calf and some have been halter trained. So if any of them are for sale, they would suit your purpose. Digby hand raises many of hers, so they're suitable and there's a lady near Dargaville who has some machine milked Dexters that I think might still be for sale. Check out the Dexter website and have a look at the 'market place' section.

Few people give up their trained house cow, but there may be some ex-calf club heifer calves available?

45 hectares between Whangarei and Paparoa. Registered Dexter cattle, Wiltshire sheep - black, white & pied.
New Hampshire Red poultry & Dorking poultry. Pilgrim Geese, Appleyard Ducks.
A cat called Pusscat and still looking for another heading dog.

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12 years 1 month ago #419588 by goatmama
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Thanks Jo, couldn't get our silly machine to upload the picks.
Plan is to choose the quietest ones, eat the 2 steers and sell the others.

Inger, those are our 3 cows and calves posted in Jo's post. There is already one (22) showing conciderable more curiosity than the others so will win her over and the others should (she says with heaps of optimism and determinism) follow her lead.
Will let you know how the saga goes.
Might need names for them yet. It just don't fit calling them by a number.

10 acres in sunny Southland. Husband and 3 boys. 17 Wilties, "Clucky quarters" 2 doz + chooks, rouen clair ducks, Coffee our Irish Terrier and Kaz and Mooch our wee Kitty's. Our Big White Shepherd, Nena. Bennie and Mo the moos
Prov 27:27

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