Rowdy, with Milk


After separating the calf last night, I milked Glory Bee this morning, first good milking and first day to keep milk. Dumplin helped. She was pretty eager. And rowdy. And so was Glory Bee. She was about mooing the barn down this morning, but the calf didn’t break out of the stall and Glory Bee didn’t break in, so the separation went well. You know, for me. I don’t think they thought it went well! I intended to milk three quarters and leave one for the calf, and let the calf have her the rest of the day before separating again tonight, but the calf was so all over the place, I ended up letting her take two since she’d slobbered on them anyway. There was a LOT of kicking and I had to hold the two inflations on Glory Bee the whole time. I think she was letting me know she didn’t appreciate last night’s separation period, but she will get used to it.

I came away with 3/4 gallon, which isn’t bad for two quarters. I would guess Glory Bee will eventually be giving 3 to 4 gallons milk a day, if she was to be milked twice a day (which I won’t be doing), so should be giving 1 1/2 to 2 gallons from one milking. Since I only milked two quarters, 3/4 gallon seems about right and is plenty for me anyway.

So, for the first time in a long, long time, I’ve got fresh milk setting in the fridge to make cream! Butter, here I come.


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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on December 24, 2012  

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  1. 12-24

    Yay! Fresh milk at last! And you didn’t have to chase GB around the field or up the mountain to hook her up to the milking machine. She and the baby will get used to the new arrangement I am sure.
    New cream on your oatmeal and in your coffee in the morning! Butter! Cheese! Ice cream! Whoopee!

  2. 12-24

    Congratulations! And Merry Christmas!

  3. 12-24

    Real cream!! And butter!! I envy you except for the calf slobbering part. I wish you and yours the best Christmas ever. You brighten my days!

  4. 12-24

    Yay for you!!!! Don’t you just love nice fresh milk? I am so glad your barn wasn’t torn to pieces by that bad momma cow. Abd baby looks just fine. Even if you did milk all 4 quarters, she’d have plenty for the calf in just a little while. And the calf would be just fine too. But I’m sure you know what you’re doing.

  5. 12-24

    Yeaaaa for GB and A D!!!!! The more you milk.the more she will make. Glad the barn survived Is the calf in an area where mom can see her? That can stop the bawling…
    Merry Christmas to all the humans and critters at Sassafras Farm….

  6. 12-24

    Well done I am so happy for you. Happy Christmas to you all xxxxx

  7. 12-24

    So wish you lived nearby, I’d alleviate the extra supply for cheese making! Congratulations!

  8. 12-24

    Awww, Rowdy would have been a cute name. But so’s Dumplin.

    I can’t feel too sorry for poor mooing Glory Bee, she was SUCH a bad baby, the stinker.

  9. 12-25

    Wow – Christmas Milk!!! How wonderful. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and lots of whipped cream and cheese ;)

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