Monday, November 3, 2014

The Final Countdown to Drying Up the Cows

Wowsers--I've been milking for 13 months straight; ever since late September 2013.  It's time for the cows and I to both have a much needed break. 

The plan now is to dry up the cows this coming Sunday.  How do I know they're ready to dry up?

*Their milk production has dropped.  I'm now getting just over 1/2 a gallon a day (from both cows together).
*The grass has dried up completely, which means the cows are now eating hay exclusively.  They aren't taking in as many calories.
*If my breeding plan went according to schedule, they are going to have babies in 4 months (mid March-early April).  That means they need time to rest.  Normally you only dry up cows three months before calving, but since they've been milking for so long, I thought an extended break would be beneficial.

So...there are only a few days left in my 2013-2014 milking cycle.  It's kind of a bittersweet feeling. I'll really miss the milk.  

But...I am definitely looking forward to sleeping in a bit longer each morning, and getting a little extra rest before our new baby joins us!

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