Tuesday, September 27, 2011


I am a litltle proud and mostly just grateful.  I got the cow and calf up the ramp and into the barn all by myself this morning.  This is a huge improvement. 

My neighbor came over yesterday just as I was getting started with the evening milking.  She grew up on a ranch and loves cows.  She jumped right in and starting milking one side, giving me all sorts of ideas, as I milked the other.  As the morning milking yesterday took THREE hours, it was nice to have help.

When her son got home we got the cow in the barn all together for the first time.  It was hard.  But we did it!  They had great technique and a lot more strength.   Getting the cow in the first time was a huge hurdle.  (900 lb hurdle!)  It took some maneuvering this morning but it worked.

This should just get easier.  So much to share, but not enough time right now.  Just wanted you to know I was not buried under a cow.


Bonnie said...

You are doing nothing to lessen my cow envy. Just so you know. Even the 3 hour milking session.
Glad you're not buried : )

Treasures Evermore said...

I guess this is the time of year for sending animals "off"....reading a lot about this. Sure seems like hard work.


Stay At Home Farmer Mom said...

Please, please, please continue posting especially on this topic. We have been toying with the idea of getting a milk cow (we've only had beef cows)for quite awhile now but I would like to get a look through the eyes of a beginner. BTW-LOVE your blog!!!

BaileyZimmerman said...

I'm still saying "holy cow".
It's amazing all the things I didn't know about owning a cow!!!

loralie said...

hang in there. it really does get easier. And you will have AWESOME forearm muscles!

Davene Grace said...

Who needs a gym when you can live on a farm and milk a cow?? ;-)

I remember watching my granddad milk cows long, long ago on his farm. He made it look easy, but I am SURE that even he took a little time to adjust to it.

I certainly admire your pluck and stamina!! :)


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