The first step was putting a halter on him.
I am trying a new technique with my milking and the rambunctious calf. First I am milking more often to get her more used to me and secondly to stockpile some milk for cheese making.
I have just been milking three times a week and since I found she has been holding up her milk and cream on me, I have been letting the calf nurse on one side while I milk on the other. Now I get as much in half as I was getting in all four quarters before.
|From October 2010|
I first tried to let him nurse about half and then shove him back into the pen behind hers. Ever try pushing a 3-month old stubborn calf anywhere....it doesn't work. Called in help and we got him in there.
I finished milking; no problems.
So this morning (Monday) I thought we would put him in there first; hoping she would look right at him and let her milk down for just me. I think it worked great except I almost filled the three gallon pail and I just gave out so I let the calf out to strip her out. I will know more about the cream when I bottle the milk in the morning.
We had to buy another container for holding the milk. I just use the cheap granite-wear from Wal-Mart. It works great and has a lid. I think it is labeled stock pot.
Both calves get to nurse at night so they are really getting all that is required. A calf just needs a gallon a day and both are eating grain and a little hay. I don't want anyone to think I am mean.
I don't' know if I will milk this morning or not. I will bottle the milk first and see where I stand on supply for cheese. I will skim off the cream to see if Mrs.Stubborn Cow (willow) has held out on me or not.
More to follow.