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SLynn

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Posted - Mar 22 2020 :  2:40:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello! It's been a long while since I have posted, and I'd only only posted a few times I believe. We had a full size Jersey, and she just produced way too much milk for our family of four. So, we sold her to a large family not far from us. They adore her and value (and use!) her large volume of milk. We took a couple of years off to focus on our flock of sheep, but something was missed from our small, family farm. The milk cow. We are thinking that a Mini Jersey would be better suited for our needs. We are in the early stages of shopping. Anyway, just wanted to say "hello", and I'm so happy to be finding my way back to the milk cow.
~Sarah

maryjane

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Posted - Mar 22 2020 :  5:56:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Welcome back Sarah! I hope you find the cow of your dreams. The mini I'm milking right now is too low to the ground, but I manage to get her milked with an EZ milker. Even though she's a mini, she's a very productive cow, like 5 gallons or more when she freshens (one of my B&B guests this past summer said, "Wow, she's like a dachshund cow").

Presently, I've been taking her milk for two years without getting her pregnant, but now that she's close to 2 months along, I've cut her back to one milking every other day for just 2 gallons each time. I have her daughter who is about to give birth a month from now (it'll be her first calf). I put her mother (my mini) with my bull who was mid-sized so her daughter's legs are nice and tall, much easier to milk when her time comes, which is soon!

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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SLynn

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Posted - Mar 23 2020 :  10:37:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you Maryjane! My dear friend and cow mentor advised me that even the little cows can be big producers. A low producing mini jersey is up there on the priority list for our family. The smaller size is also important, but long(ish) legs would be a plus. I love that you have generations of cows in your herd. So happy to be back!
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