Lula and Lana update
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Do you make plans and then change them? Constantly? I do.
We turned Lula and her calf, Lana out with the herd today. The share milking was going great. Lula is a trooper and dead broke gentle, even though she had never been milked by a human before.
Sometimes I make a decision, and then a few changes come about, but in my mind I still am sticking with the original plan. Milking Lula was the plan to fill in while Della was dry. But Della lost her calves last year and didn’t re-breed. My new plan is to breed Della one more time with AI in hopes of getting another Guernsey. If she doesn’t take I will put her in with the beef bull and hope live cover is more successful. What I hadn’t even thought about was Della getting too fat if I dried her up. Fat cows don’t breed too well, so I have decided to keep milking her at low production to keep her at least at a fighting weight.
The actual scenario would be if I continued to share milk with Lana, I could potentially be shorting her, sacrificing her potential for growth, and if I dried up Della she probably would get too fat and sacrifice her breeding potential. One too thin, and one too fat.
Lula is soooo gentle – she has her mom’s personality.
Lana is a little more feisty!
Sometimes it is best to keep the dogs from underfoot when there is a new calf around. For their safety, not the calf’s.
This is why the dogs are like velcro at milking time… Healthy first poop from a colostrum fed calf.
Back in the saddle again! This is my first participation in Food Renegade’s Fight Back Fridays! Get in charge of more of your food – not sure where to start? Read the great post at Food Renegade and the Carnival posts on Fridays, there are some great ideas!