30 May 2014

Another day ...

... another three litres of milk.

And a litre of cream. (that's about 2-3 days worth of cream)

For anyone tracking Dexter milk production stats: we are 3 weeks into lactation, share milking with no separation of cow and calf as yet. Sasha gets about 4 lbs of mixed alfalfa cubes/pellets/beet pulp in the bowl as bribe/supplement during milking - no grain (ever), and obviously all the grass she can eat. I reliably get 3-4 litres of milk each day still: I had two marginally lower days, it was raining and yukky and I milked a little earlier than I normally do, which may have been the explanation, but even a lower day was a minimum 2 litres. The calf has realized he can nurse off all four quarters (though he usually leaves the left front, for which I do not blame him, that one is so huge I can't get my hand all the way around until she's nearly milked right out), so I expect I'll be separating them at least for a few hours in the afternoon in a week or so. I prefer to milk in the early evening, as I am most emphatically NOT a morning person, so separating them overnight is not on my list of things to do. 


  1. I'm laughing about the NO morning person - doubt the cow would realize NO ONE can speak to you if the hood is still up on your hoodie!! Better plan to be an evening milker!

    1. Yep! I'm worse now than as a teenager ... Evening milking it is! :)


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