Thursday, December 6, 2018

December 6, 2018

The best laid plans of mice and men. . .

We got a new kink in the plan of milking the cow, our Brown Swiss bull jumped the fence and joined the cow.  She must be in heat.  Since he is being very protective of her, I think I should just stay out of his way for the next few days.

I keep thinking of the t-shirt I saw at Wal-mart the other day.  I saw the back of the t-shirt which said, "God's got my back."  I am thinking this is a blessing to give me time to regroup, fix the milking stanchion and come up with a new plan.  They look like a very happy little family. . .

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

December 5, 2018

Learning something new always comes with questions and frustrations when you are feeling unsuccessful.  Here is a post I made today on Botanical Bovines Facebook group:

OMG, I am feeling so unsuccessful. So today is only the third day I have tried milking. My milking stanchion needs reconfigured, so I haven't been using it. So I am basically holding the bucket in one hand and milking with the other. Yesterday I got a cup of milk and today less. She keeps raising her right foot. I read somewhere you should only milk from the right side of the cow, is that true? Should I only worry about the cleanliness of the udder and teats? She came with some manure encrusted into her hair on her right leg, now that it is not warm out, what should I do with that? How do I achieve let down? I am getting a little milk, but it seems that since I separated her from the calf all night, she is preserving her milk for him. . .I am sure this sounds frustrated, which I am, but I keep trying to take a deep breath and calm down when milking as I am trying to get her to relax. I've tried singing and could have sworn it was working yesterday. . .

Anything that is worthwhile usually takes lots of practice and tweaking (I keep trying to remind myself.)