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Postby vclavin » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:05 am

Bambi, the Jersey Heifer, finally had her heifer calf - only 15 days after AI due date..... thought that calf would never get here. 40lbs birthweight, good thing she waited to grow a little before birth hehe.
Anyway, hubby get on her right side and I get on her left side and we milk her simultaneously! Bambi doesn't care a bit. We did however get blood in the milk on my side but it has almost totally cleared up after several days. We have left her calf - Cocoa - with her. Hubby says he has never seen teats so tiny, you have to milk her by stripping as they are not long enough to get a hold of... hopefully calf sucking will help with the length. Anyway, I'm getting almost 1 1/2 gallons morning and night ,not sure what calf is getting - she sucks first of course. Cocoa was born friday night about 8:12PM. We waited till the next morning to milk out Bambi so she'd have a chance to get acquainted with her baby. Her bag is still tight but dairy man said it would soften up in a couple days.
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Postby bigbull338 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:17 pm

the calf sucking her wont lengthen her teats.she has short teats.blood in her milk means a blood vein burst in her bagg.an that means she will be a heavy milker.
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Postby vclavin » Tue Oct 08, 2013 1:33 pm

bigbull338 wrote:the calf sucking her wont lengthen her teats.she has short teats.blood in her milk means a blood vein burst in her bagg.an that means she will be a heavy milker.

Darn, I gotta find someone with really small hands lol! I had heard that about the blood and heavy milker. Got blood out of all 4 quarters but calf is clearing up her favorite side the fastest. Thanks
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By the way, the cream is yellow? Is that just rich cream?
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Postby bigbull338 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 2:38 pm

how long has she been fresh.the yellow color sounds like clostrume to me.an that shouldve cleared up after 3 or 4 days.her milk should be pure white.
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Postby vclavin » Tue Oct 08, 2013 2:40 pm

bigbull338 wrote:how long has she been fresh.the yellow color sounds like clostrume to me.an that shouldve cleared up after 3 or 4 days.her milk should be pure white.


Milk is from this morning (Tuesday) and she had calf Friday night at 8:12PM. Milk is pure white but cream is yellow. So... I should wait till cream is white like milk? Thanks
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Postby suzorse » Tue Oct 08, 2013 2:56 pm

Jersey cream is yellower , if it is dark yellow then there is still some colostrum in it
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Postby vclavin » Tue Oct 08, 2013 3:14 pm

suzorse wrote:Jersey cream is yellower , if it is dark yellow then there is still some colostrum in it
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Its a mellower yellow than the first colostrum we saved. I also noticed a small layer of brown so I'm guessing there's still blood in the milk. Cat's are going to love this!
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Postby regolith » Wed Oct 09, 2013 3:21 am

'tis a gradual change from colostrum to milk. Jersey and grassfed both make for slightly yellower cream, as I understand.
When you tip the bucket out if it's white plastic you'll see the blood that's sunk to the bottom - cat and calf food till it disappears I reckon. I've had lots of them lately, had to keep a few out of the bulk tank well past the required four days till the blood cleared up.

Sad about the short teats but bb is right. They'll get a bit bigger with each calf, but if they're tiny now they'll never be normal.
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Postby vclavin » Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:04 am

regolith wrote:'tis a gradual change from colostrum to milk. Jersey and grassfed both make for slightly yellower cream, as I understand.
When you tip the bucket out if it's white plastic you'll see the blood that's sunk to the bottom - cat and calf food till it disappears I reckon. I've had lots of them lately, had to keep a few out of the bulk tank well past the required four days till the blood cleared up.

Sad about the short teats but bb is right. They'll get a bit bigger with each calf, but if they're tiny now they'll never be normal.

I guess short teats is tolerable since she is so gentle. She is pretty patient as a heifer to wait for almost 2 hours of milking twice a day.... I wish I had a video of last night lol... Neighbor on her right side, I'm on her left side and the calf Cocoa is on the back side. That made it fun - Cocoa thinks we are family hehe
Found one quarter this morning I think is blood free, kept it separate to let the layers separate out. Will know soon.
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PS. Is the amount of cream strickly a genetic thing or can they be fed to increase cream production or for that matter can feed drop cream production?
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Postby dun » Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:43 pm

From the title I thought she could kick with equal accuracy from either side
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Postby vclavin » Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:39 am

dun wrote:From the title I thought she could kick with equal accuracy from either side

hehe that would not be unlike a cow Dun...lol... she doesn't mind 2 women and one calf all milking her at once - now that's unusual l0l!!
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Postby vclavin » Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:44 am

https://www.facebook.com/valerie.clavin/photos_all
I didn't think to put the pics in an album, so all my pics will appear... anyway the top 7 pics are of Jersey, her calf and the jar of milk with yellow cream (colostrum) and blood layer between it and milk. Ring of blood is still there but not as much, cream is not as yellow either. We are up to 1 gallon + 2 quarts + 1 pint + calf drinking twice a day.
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Postby skeeter swatter » Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:47 pm

dun wrote:From the title I thought she could kick with equal accuracy from either side



:lol: That was the first thing that I thought too!
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Postby chippie » Sun Oct 13, 2013 8:03 pm

Congratulations on a healthy calf!
I looked at your photos and boy does she have tiny teats. I don't envy you all having to hand milk her.
Being milked from both sides is not that unusual. Our kids have milked like that when they were in a hurry to get chores done (before we got a machine) and we have a friend who milks that way with her husband when they have more than one cow to milk. The milking goes twice as fast, especially if you are a fast milker.
Me, I am slow. My husband can hand milk one out in 10 minutes.

We strain our milk and put it in gallon jugs (or jars) and put it immediately in the refrigerator. I know that if when we put extra out for the critters, the cream turns yellow when exposed to the air. When it is refrigerated, you can see the cream line and it is more opaque than the milk.
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Postby vclavin » Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:18 pm

chippie wrote:Congratulations on a healthy calf!
I looked at your photos and boy does she have tiny teats. I don't envy you all having to hand milk her.
Being milked from both sides is not that unusual. Our kids have milked like that when they were in a hurry to get chores done (before we got a machine) and we have a friend who milks that way with her husband when they have more than one cow to milk. The milking goes twice as fast, especially if you are a fast milker.
Me, I am slow. My husband can hand milk one out in 10 minutes.

We strain our milk and put it in gallon jugs (or jars) and put it immediately in the refrigerator. I know that if when we put extra out for the critters, the cream turns yellow when exposed to the air. When it is refrigerated, you can see the cream line and it is more opaque than the milk.


We have graduated from taking 2 of us 1.5 hours to milk her down to 36 minutes for 2 of us to milk her.... She sure is patient with us, God made her for a family cow. Milkers are so expensive! Haven't been able to find a reasonable priced one close. May have to see if they can rebuild the surge hubby used as a kid, we think it is still at his moms farm. For now, it's had exercise!!!
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