Posted - Sep 16 2017 : 5:02:27 PM
| SOLD 1/22/18. I am proud to offer the elegant Ester Lily for sale. I never thought I’d be selling Ester Lily but her first calf born April 23, 2017 was a heifer that is almost an exact duplicate, so I have made the difficult decision to put what time I do have into training my next batch of heifers. Ester Lily was born (below) on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015.
She has grown up to be a mid-size Jersey measuring 46 inches at the withers. She is dried off currently and pregnant for the second time, due April 6, 2018.
Ester Lily’s gorgeous tail!
A trained milker, her udder is tight and high and her teats are long and slender, all four of them the same size and perfect for milking by hand or machine. We milk her once per day, using either a NuPulse or EZ Milker. Also, the size of her teat orifices in all four is perfect with excellent milk flow. When first in milk, she gives 2 to 2 ½ gallons/day once a day milking. Eventually, she settles in at 1 plus gallons/day.
She is current on all her vaccines, including Bang’s properly administered before one year of age. My herd is TB, Q fever, BVD, BLV, Johne’s and Trich free. I can provide confirmation of her pregnancy (she is carrying a bull). And I’m happy to run a current test on the above-mentioned diseases. She is homozygous polled (she'll never have a calf with horns) and A1/A2. Ester Lily is fully halter trained and easy to approach/lead and trailers very well. She’s registered with the Heritage Jersey Organization.
If you scroll down, you can watch a series of quick videos I shot (please watch all of them in sequence--they're short), to show you how she acts in my milking parlor. I train my first-time heifers using a side rail, hobbles, and sometimes a flank rope ready to be tightened should they start to fidget and lift their hind feet. You can see that she’s trained (notice we didn’t have to tighten the flank rope because she didn’t fidget or flinch even once). I think that when a cow is allowed to fidget with their feet too much, then that’s what they learn, so for that reason I practice prevention, even on my older cows. I want Ester Lily to find a home with someone who has the time and resources to further the care, expense, and time-consuming investment I’ve made to date.
Before milking each day, she’s groomed and sprayed with an herbal fly repellent.
All of my cows march right in to be milked and Ester Lilly is no exception.
A flank rope is put into place but not tightened.
Both her feet are hobbled. It isn't necessary to hobble Ester Lily to milk her but for this video I wanted to demonstrate how easy is it and emphasize how ever-so-handy it is when a cow has been hobble-trained (let's you put hobbles on and take them off) at a young age. How many times have I heard about a momma cow with mastitis that won't allow her teat to be touched, let alone properly milked out and treated. A hobble is a lot cheaper than a squeeze chute or hauling a cow to the vet where she can be restrained.
Her udder is cleaned and disinfected.
A California Mastitis Test is taken daily.
The NuPulse milker is attached.
Milk and cream given freely.
Her calf Lizzy visiting with M’lady.
Udder being attended to post-milking.
Hobbles being removed.
Sneezing and scratching before leaving.
My asking price is $3,790.
Please contact me via email, email@example.com so we can set up a time to visit on the phone.
Her daughter Lizzy:
My granddaughters giving her cool-down baths and taking her for walks. She loves to be pampered!
MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~