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chives

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Victoria
Shelton WA
usa

Posted - Nov 13 2014 :  8:45:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I would like something on training calves to be a future milk cow. Only because I'm new at this.

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Ron

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Ronnie
Peever SD
USA

Posted - Nov 14 2014 :  02:33:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good morning Vicky. Here is a link that is helpful. I am sure Mary Jane will have more to say.

http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/08/heifer-family-milk-cow.html

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NellieBelle

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Posted - Nov 14 2014 :  04:43:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I don't know anything about training. But I do know from experience that spending time with them is critical. Daily. I had an old vet who told me that as soon as an animal is born if you plan to work with it in the future, to go and sit with them even right after they are born. Handle them daily, touching them, talking to them. You truly get a cowpanion from the time you spend with them. I have no formal training just personal experience and trying to be helpful. If you want to halter train them you need to start early on. Walking with them daily. Takes commitment but it's the most enjoyable time you'll ever have. Like Ron said MaryJane will give you the best advice.
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chives

313 Posts
Victoria
Shelton WA
usa

Posted - Nov 14 2014 :  06:20:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Annabelle is 3 months old. So far this is what she does. She is getting good with her halter going on and off. She is leading real good. I can touch all over. At night I give her the bottle. I tie her to the feeder. I brush her, pick up her feet and play with them, I then have warm water and wipe her eyes, she likes it. I wash her udder area, and her bottom. I then play with her teats to get use to that. Do you think this is okay. I have taken care of a cow and know how to milk, but never had a calf before.

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Ron

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Ronnie
Peever SD
USA

Posted - Nov 14 2014 :  06:24:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My goodness Vicky. It sounds like you could teach us a think or two about raising and training a calf! You are doing great. You cow is lucky to have you as a keeper! She will be the best cow.

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maryjane

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Posted - Nov 14 2014 :  06:30:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My goodness, what you're doing couldn't be more perfect. I mean PERFECT!!!! Again, congratulations.

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

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Posted - Nov 14 2014 :  06:59:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I don't think you need training, I think you could teach training. What you have been doing sounds like the best thing you could possibly be doing. You will have no trouble whatsoever with your heifer/cow. Granted any time you start milking after a cow calves, she will have tender teats, so expect some fidgeting etc. but as far as getting her ready to milk, I'd say you have that down pat.

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chives

313 Posts
Victoria
Shelton WA
usa

Posted - Nov 14 2014 :  07:35:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you all. I just was wondering if what I was doing was okay. Ron I will look at the link.

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maryjane

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Posted - Nov 14 2014 :  08:58:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I must say I take exception to the part of the link that says a cow will kill you. Humbug. A bull might but not a cow. Although I guess a well placed kick could do you in.

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

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Ronnie
Peever SD
USA

Posted - Nov 14 2014 :  09:42:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I know what you mean MJ. Never met a deadly cow yet. But I guess it could happen. Example. Cow gives six gallons of milk per milking. You put it in a big bucket and stick your head in the bucket and drown. See, cows don't kill. Stupid people get killed..lol...

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maryjane

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Posted - Nov 14 2014 :  09:43:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Haven't I heard you say you're "drowning in milk?" I suppose there are worse ways to go.

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

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Ronnie
Peever SD
USA

Posted - Nov 14 2014 :  09:53:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well I never claimed to be the sharpest tool in the shed. But I am still treading milk!

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