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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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SLynn

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Posted - Dec 13 2020 :  02:24:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Update - after searching and being very selective we found our future dairy cow this past summer. Meet Stella! She is a polled, A2A2, mini jersey. Her breeder believes she'll be considered a mid-sized mini jersey. She stands (at 19 months) 42" at the hip. I am very happy with her current height. Her legs are a bit longer than the mini jersey's we were looking at, and her breeding is excellent. She comes from lower producing, grassfed lines, which is important to us and our small family. Her temperament is wonderful. She is sweet and a bit spunky at times, but never bossy towards people. We successfully AI'd her in June for a March 2021 calf. This will be her first. We bred her to the mini jersey bull, Little King Kong. I will attempt to upload a few pictures.
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SLynn

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Posted - Dec 13 2020 :  02:24:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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SLynn

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Posted - Dec 13 2020 :  02:25:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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SLynn

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Posted - Dec 13 2020 :  02:27:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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maryjane

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Posted - Dec 13 2020 :  2:40:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What a precious sweetheart you've found. Your last photo says it all (I am such a sucker for their molten chocolate, maybelline eyes). Congratulations!

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 - Dec 14 2020 :  01:34:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you! Yes, I am a sucker for those eyes too. And that creamy milk. We have been two years without a dairy cow, so this is very exciting for us! I am glad we opted for a seasoned cow the first time around. It gave us experience milking and handling a cow without having to train one. Now, we feel much more confident in training Stella. I have to confess, I am a bit nervous for her first calving. Being that she's a first timer.
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NellieBelle

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Posted - Dec 14 2020 :  2:05:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Stella is beautiful! Congratulations! Love your photos. So happy for you and your family with your new milk Jersey cow.

To laugh is human but to moo is bovine. Author Unknown
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SLynn

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Posted - Dec 15 2020 :  01:05:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you so much, NellieBelle! Stay tuned for updates!
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Boots&Flipflops

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Darla

Posted - Dec 23 2020 :  9:44:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Sarah,

It is always fun to see new additions. Congratulations on your new girl. The forward facing picture of Stella is a "Jersey Girl Glamour Shot" if I have ever seen one. She is just beautiful. Something I noticed in all three pictures, is that she is very curious/attentive. Her ears are forward in each picture. Hope all goes well and come spring you have a healthy new addition to your farm.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

To Succeed In This Life You Need Three Things: A Backbone, A Wish Bone and a Funny Bone. As quoted by Reba McEntire
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SLynn

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Posted - Jan 13 2021 :  10:14:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you for your kind words! Yes she is very curious and attentive. We are very excited for her first calving in March. Stay tuned for pictures!

Edited by - SLynn on Jan 13 2021 10:17:04 AM
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