Dairy Cattle

This section covers dairy cattle.

  • Dairy Cows or Dairy Goats?

    When you are considering a dairy animal, the big question in most of the United States is whether you should get a cow or a goat. Although across the globe, many other mammals are kept for their milk, (camel milk, anyone?) unless you are really an adventurous type, you will be deciding whether you should get a dairy cow or a dairy goat. So how do you choose whether you should get a cow or a goat? Personalities First, look at the animals and decide which one is more appealing to you. Do...
  • Three Things You Must Consider Before You Buy a Dairy Nurse Cow

    Back when I first got my Jersey cows, I figured that having a nurse cow would simplify the chores on our farm. I thought I could put her out in the field with the beef herd, she would raise the calves, and that was all that I\'d have to do with her. If you choose a dairy breed to be your nurse cow, there could be more complications than you might think. Many nurse cows do okay, but most of them need a little extra TLC to stay in prime condition. Here are the three main things that you...
  • New Study Released on the Safety of Raw Milk

    "You milk cows? How interesting. What do you do with the milk? You drink it? Do you have to do anything to the milk? Is that safe?" This conversation has been replayed countless times when I talk to people about our farm. Most people are fascinated by the idea of consuming milk and milk products that are as fresh as possible. So far, I've never had a negative reaction when I've talked to people about it. However, recent news has called into question the safety of raw milk. Raw milk is...
  • Thoughts on Buying a Dairy Cow

    Having a dairy cow is the ultimate in being a "real" farmer. I mean, you can produce milk, butter, cream, ice cream, sour cream, yogurt, and cheese right on your own farm. It sounds really good on paper. However, before you jump in and buy your first dairy cow, please take a few minutes to consider the following. Remember that a dairy cow is a large investment for your farm, not to mention an animal that is worthy of good care and your careful attention. How Much Time Do You Have? Because...
  • Dairy BCS--Part 2

    The dairy BCS is a five-point scale, with cows at 5 being fat and cows at 1 being skinny. You want your cows to calve when their body condition is about a 3.5 to 4. After she calves, she will slowly lose condition because of the intense demands that lactation places on a her body. It is really hard to put weight on a cow when she is milking. Farmers often find that the more they feed a cow, the more milk she gives, rather than improve her body condition. By making sure that she is in good...
  1. Three Things You Must Consider Before You Buy a Dairy Nurse Cow

    Back when I first got my Jersey cows, I figured that having a nurse cow would simplify the chores on our farm. I thought I could put her out in the field with the beef herd, she would raise the calves, and that was all that I\'d have to do with her. If you choose a dairy breed to be your nurse cow, there could be more complications than you might think. Many nurse cows do okay, but most of them need a little extra TLC to stay in prime condition. Here are the three main things that you...
  2. Thoughts on Buying a Dairy Cow

    Having a dairy cow is the ultimate in being a "real" farmer. I mean, you can produce milk, butter, cream, ice cream, sour cream, yogurt, and cheese right on your own farm. It sounds really good on paper. However, before you jump in and buy your first dairy cow, please take a few minutes to consider the following. Remember that a dairy cow is a large investment for your farm, not to mention an animal that is worthy of good care and your careful attention. How Much Time Do You Have? Because...
  3. Dairy BCS--Part 2

    The dairy BCS is a five-point scale, with cows at 5 being fat and cows at 1 being skinny. You want your cows to calve when their body condition is about a 3.5 to 4. After she calves, she will slowly lose condition because of the intense demands that lactation places on a her body. It is really hard to put weight on a cow when she is milking. Farmers often find that the more they feed a cow, the more milk she gives, rather than improve her body condition. By making sure that she is in good...
  4. Dairy Body Condition: Part 1

    I\'ve been checking out my poor little Jersey cow. She has been very thin for quite awhile, and since she calved, she has gotten downright pitiful. I read about body condition and worried over her, since the scales that I was looking at said that she would never breed back and would not be healthy with her current condition. Then, I was delighted to learn a new fact about Body Condition Scoring. There are two different scales for scoring cows based upon body condition! I was quite relieved...
  5. Dairy Cows or Dairy Goats?

    When you are considering a dairy animal, the big question in most of the United States is whether you should get a cow or a goat. Although across the globe, many other mammals are kept for their milk, (camel milk, anyone?) unless you are really an adventurous type, you will be deciding whether you should get a dairy cow or a dairy goat. So how do you choose whether you should get a cow or a goat? Personalities First, look at the animals and decide which one is more appealing to you. Do...
  6. Music and Milk Yield in Dairy Cattle

    Music definitely is known to have an effect on human behavior, and the same is seen to be true on animals as well. The effect of music on animal behavior has been researched for a long time, and many people have experimented with music on their farm animals. It is interesting to note that cows who are considered contemplative animals showed distinct behavioral pattern changes when exposed to different music. Turn it Up! Many farmers and dairy owners have employed various strategies and new...
  7. Dairy Farmers Can't Take Vacations-Or Can They?

    I had always toyed with the idea of having a family milk cow. However, the one thing that held me back was the idea of being tied to a milking schedule, twice a day, every single day for nine months. I have a family, and I don't like the idea of having to rush away from fun activities to milk a cow. My perception of milking changed, however, when I learned about share milking, also called once-a-day-milking. The premise of once a day milking is simple. Rather than the farmer being...
  8. New Study Released on the Safety of Raw Milk

    "You milk cows? How interesting. What do you do with the milk? You drink it? Do you have to do anything to the milk? Is that safe?" This conversation has been replayed countless times when I talk to people about our farm. Most people are fascinated by the idea of consuming milk and milk products that are as fresh as possible. So far, I've never had a negative reaction when I've talked to people about it. However, recent news has called into question the safety of raw milk. Raw milk is...
  9. The Reach Of The Media And Dairy Cattle

    Mightier than the sword? The slogan, the pen is mightier than the sword" is definitely at leastpartially true. Bad publicity helps no one. One of the hardest things in life to regain..is your reputation. When it is bad, it could remain that way for whole generations. Whatever name or image is associated with it is usually ruined. The internet and social media andinstantaneous news has made this process even faster and more absolute. In less than a second, millions of normal, average people...
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