Well as hard as it is to believe, we are now passed the month old milking routine, Glenda is out of the suckling size and into weanling in her halter (not that she is going be weaned anytime soon), Girl is well settled into how much milk she produces, although the high heat does seem to effect this to a point but we have added a second even larger water dish to her area, we have also needed to increase the amount of hay she is getting daily, the pasture is just not holding her(which is my fault as the sheep have grazed it to low), but I have finally hit that balance that we have just a bit of leftover’s between, that is what I am aiming for, I want her to have super fresh twice a day but I want it be enough that she is not out when between either.
I would love to her have her out more but with the heat and the issues between the biting flies and then the day where she didn’t use the shade and overheated, (baby brain?)I am taking the cow by the non-horns and she is being forced to stay in the much much cooler barn, sometimes she is in her huge double pen (this would be a area that on a regular cow barn would hold eight to ten cows? and sometimes I close the barn door and give her both her pens, the loafing area and the big middle area.
Glenda is a active, huge calf with tons of spunk and she is very much more like her father then her mother..
The milk itself is excellent, we have all we could use in the house, plus we are raising the calf, plus raising the bum bottle lamb goon, plus feeding the purrpots daily, plus having enough to feed the old hounds in terms of puddings, yogurts and even having enough to serve up a healthy dose of thick clabber to the chickens twice a week and O the difference in the egg shells!
I have started making a point of drinking one 2 cups worth of fresh cold raw milk daily, I do think it helped in regards to my healing process, but I am adding in boost now as well, I am starting to make a turmeric/cinnamon/ginger milk drink once a day, we will see if it as good as they say.. it comes with rave reviews and I use these spices a lot in my cooking but its hard to get enough into your diet just as a spice, so I love the idea of making a drink for it..
We are also making icecream now, much to my personal surprise, I find that I only need to make a batch every few days to be able to meet the needs of my icecream loving hubby..
We ordered in a cow kant kick, it will get its own post but it works like a dream and makes milking so much safer and calmer for both myself and Girl.. once it was properly fitted and I learned how to properly place it, it is on and off in two seconds.. so so much better then using the foot ties..
Are you milking? If so, are you milking a first time fresher? how is it going? Are you training a new animal to you? or to milking? How is it going? are you learning how to use that fresh in daily milk? Have you got enough milk that you find yourself using it for other uses then for human? how do you feel about that?
Do you consider drinking your raw milk daily a health benefit?