Do you get the same amount of milk each time you milk

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Do you get the same amount of milk each time you milk

Postby Hunny Do Ranch » Fri Feb 29, 2008 11:33 pm

I am milking our jersey cow right now and she has her heifer calf on her. I get anywhere from 1-2 gallon to a gallon and half milking. I think it depends what her baby is up to for the amount I get. If the calf is goes to sleep when I bring them in or if she stays outside and is harassing the dogs it changes the amount of milk she gives. She also didn't clean properly but we think it is almost taken care of from boluses, estromate and drugs. Her milk went down for a couple days but is picking back up again. What do you usually get? The same amount each time. She is getting back into the swing of things cause I am letting my daughter milk out one quarter as well. I know that the calf is eating more each day as well. :lol:
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Re: Do you get the same amount of milk each time you milk

Postby Hunny Do Ranch » Fri Feb 29, 2008 11:35 pm

Oh yeah I am milking her 2 times a day. 8 am and 8 pm.
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Re: Do you get the same amount of milk each time you milk

Postby dun » Sat Mar 01, 2008 12:58 am

Weghit is a better value for juding milk then gallons. Normally the cows will milk heavier in the am then in the pm, but the weight will vary a little from milking to milking.
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Re: Do you get the same amount of milk each time you milk

Postby bigbull338 » Sat Mar 01, 2008 11:20 am

do you let her calf stay with her 24/7 or let the calf stay with her so much twice a day.if you let the calf stay with her.your going to get varing amounts of milk from 1 milking to the other.an she could also be holding milk up for her calf.the older the calf gets the more itll drink.
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Re: Do you get the same amount of milk each time you milk

Postby chippie » Sat Mar 08, 2008 7:17 pm

We have Jerseys too. It is best if you separate the cow and calf. Keep the calf in a pen or stall.
Bring the cow in to milk. Milk what you need and then turn the calf in with her to milk her out.
Do this morning and evening.
If you need to go somewhere and can't milk, turn the calf out with her. Then bring them both in the next milking and separate them again.

You will reach a point that if you don't separate them, you won't get any milk. And sometimes the cows get notions and won't come in, even to eat.
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Re: Do you get the same amount of milk each time you milk

Postby Hunny Do Ranch » Sun Mar 09, 2008 12:08 am

chippie wrote:We have Jerseys too. It is best if you separate the cow and calf. Keep the calf in a pen or stall.
Bring the cow in to milk. Milk what you need and then turn the calf in with her to milk her out.
Do this morning and evening.
If you need to go somewhere and can't milk, turn the calf out with her. Then bring them both in the next milking and separate them again.

You will reach a point that if you don't separate them, you won't get any milk. And sometimes the cows get notions and won't come in, even to eat.


The only reason I am milking her is because I don't have an extra calf to put on her yet. Calving season is just starting here. I don't have a good place to put the calf right now and the amount of milk doesn't matter a ton as long as she keeps having enough for another one. She always comes in she meets me at the gate every time.
Thanks :lol:
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Re: Do you get the same amount of milk each time you milk

Postby chippie » Sun Mar 09, 2008 7:29 am

Well you can expect to get the same amount every time you milk if you leave the calf on 24/7.
I don't know your experience with dairy cattle, but if you are going to use her as a nurse cow, be sure to feed her well, preferable a feed without urea. If you don't feed the cow, she will use herself up trying to feed the calves. You really can't treat a dairy cow like a beef cow and expect her to last.
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Re: Do you get the same amount of milk each time you milk

Postby Hunny Do Ranch » Sun Mar 09, 2008 1:15 pm

chippie wrote:Well you can expect to get the same amount every time you milk if you leave the calf on 24/7.
I don't know your experience with dairy cattle, but if you are going to use her as a nurse cow, be sure to feed her well, preferable a feed without urea. If you don't feed the cow, she will use herself up trying to feed the calves. You really can't treat a dairy cow like a beef cow and expect her to last.


She is well fed believe me. She is fed dairy ration, alf pellets and good quailty hay and soon to be lots of pasture. I don't know much about urea but I don't think we have anything with that in it. :lol:
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Postby TexasBred » Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:12 am

Hunny Do Ranch wrote:
chippie wrote:Well you can expect to get the same amount every time you milk if you leave the calf on 24/7.
I don't know your experience with dairy cattle, but if you are going to use her as a nurse cow, be sure to feed her well, preferable a feed without urea. If you don't feed the cow, she will use herself up trying to feed the calves. You really can't treat a dairy cow like a beef cow and expect her to last.


She is well fed believe me. She is fed dairy ration, alf pellets and good quailty hay and soon to be lots of pasture. I don't know much about urea but I don't think we have anything with that in it. :lol:


I'd forget about the alfalfa pellets and bump up her grain ration by half the weight of the alfalfa. Most alfalfa that is pelletized is low grade to begin with. Urea won't hurt her either.
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Re: Do you get the same amount of milk each time you milk

Postby bigbull338 » Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:57 am

a jersey milking cow needs 15 to 20 lbs of grain a day.an yes i said 20lbs.dont let them fool you.they can eat as much as a holstein.
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