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What do you feed your cow to make her stay put while milking?

Started this discussion. Last reply by MyBackAchers Farm Feb 11, 2013. 3 Replies

Well we did it and we bought our first cow, well actually three! One heifer and two calves. So we want to do all grass fed for our girls and boy. But we also have been told it is a good idea to give…Continue

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Getting a family cow

Started this discussion. Last reply by Benjamin Lee Johnson Dec 26, 2012. 3 Replies

Im new to this group although my husband has been a part of the community for a while now. So he tells me a lot of what he has learned here! We are trying to decide right now if we should get a cow.…Continue

 

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MyBackAchers Farm replied to Rita Johnson's discussion What do you feed your cow to make her stay put while milking?
"We feed all our animals sprouted grain fodder because it saves money and it's healthier for the animals. They tend to produce like they do on fresh spring grass, because it is just like spring grass. Feeding them regularly will improve their…"
Feb 11, 2013
East West Farm replied to Rita Johnson's discussion What do you feed your cow to make her stay put while milking?
"We have always fed ours alfalfa either pellets or hay. Since there's no way to tell if the alfalfa is GMO, we've now switched to organic from Countryside Organics."
Jan 25, 2013
DeDe Jacques replied to Rita Johnson's discussion What do you feed your cow to make her stay put while milking?
"Since cows stomachs were not created to ingest many grains, we feed ours alfalfa while milking. She loves it!! Have fun!"
Jan 5, 2013
Benjamin Lee Johnson replied to Rita Johnson's discussion Getting a family cow
"This is Rita's husband, Ben.  We decided to get the cow and we're happy about our decision so far.  I milk the cow once a day and get between 2 qts to a gallon a day.  We have two calves that nurse on the cow during the day…"
Dec 26, 2012
Village Wisdom replied to Rita Johnson's discussion Getting a family cow
"I bought a hand butter churn, but soon found a used electric Sears model butter churn. Making butter is generally less than an hour from start to finish (once the milk has reached temperature). Making cheese depends on the cheese. I will block a…"
Nov 22, 2012
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What do you feed your cow to make her stay put while milking?

Well we did it and we bought our first cow, well actually three! One heifer and two calves. So we want to do all grass fed for our girls and boy. But we also have been told it is a good idea to give them grain while milking them to keep them to stay put. (Did I mention we just got her two days ago and havent had time to build a stanchon yet?) We wanted to give her only organic grains if we are going to give her even a little bit but I have called every grain mill in the area and no one has any…See More
Nov 14, 2012
harvey replied to Rita Johnson's discussion Getting a family cow
"If you are worried about time. I would get a goat to start off with. If you can handel a goat or two then maybe move up to a cow. If you decide to go with a cow God bless you I would like to know how it goes. If its not that bad maybe I will try too."
Nov 8, 2012
Rita Johnson posted a discussion

Getting a family cow

Im new to this group although my husband has been a part of the community for a while now. So he tells me a lot of what he has learned here! We are trying to decide right now if we should get a cow. We really want one for the obvious reasons (dairy products for our family) but I'm a little worried about the kitchen time commitment I will be putting in to make butter, cheese, etc. we know that value added products will be the best for our family to sell although we may do milk share as well if…See More
Nov 8, 2012

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