This was milk morning and I was so thankful I am now able to do that...milk. We had a busy morning planned so I wanted to keep to a schedule of milking at 8, finished up at 8:30; then help DH load the sale calves and off to the Sale Barn, back home and then to town for lunch with the in-laws.
Willow would not cooperate; she would not let her milk down..........at all. Did you know cows can do that? She has always adored her babies and really just wants them to nurse; me she just tolerates but has always let down her milk eventually. I wash her udder, strip her a few times and slowly you can feel her udder fill up and milking is easy. I finally led her outside and tied her where she could see the babies......still no let down.
DH said to just let her wait and we would do the calves first and then come back and I could milk. Well one hour later I am back and this time decided to just let her baby in with me to nurse while I milked my side. Worked like a charm and I got as much milk from my half as I have been getting milking all her quarters on milk day. She has been holding back for the calves! I will now be milking on shares on my day to milk! She has been giving twice what I thought.
She just looks independent, doesn't she?
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