More later as a lot is going on and I’m exhausted. We decided to take Gwen up to the neighbor’s house (he’s a vet) to leave her to be bred to his young Angus bull. It’s been a difficult decision as to what to do with her. We sold Bullet (the baby bull) because we knew it was going to be a long, long, LONG time before he would be old enough to breed her. In fact, we were wondering if he was really a miniature Jersey. We considered a couple of other young, dairy bulls, but it just didn’t seem like a good idea, for numerous reasons.
We brought Gwen up to the vet’s house this morning. I was amazed at how easily she loaded onto the trailer.
The problem is: I need to go up there twice a day to milk her.
Enter the Traveling Milk-Mobile a/k/a the ATV outfitted with baskets to hold all of my paraphernalia. Kind of funny how we saw two plastic baskets on the curb this morning while we were out doing errands and stopped to pick them up. Which plastic baskets fit perfectly on the back of the ATV.
You’d be surprised at what I have to haul with me in order to go up to milk her:
- Wash water and a bucket to put it in;
- Her grain, and the bucket it is in works perfectly as a milk stool;
- Milk bucket;
- Milk tote and strainer;
- Wash clothes; and
- Her halter and lead.
We left her feed tub up there, which is a good thing because it wouldn’t fit in the baskets.
I was amazed at how well she milked tonight. She left me once, but I was able to get her straightened out and finished milking her. Hopefully she won’t drop her production while she’s up there.
I talked with the vet this evening and he said he didn’t realize how lame she was and was concerned that she wouldn’t be able to carry the bull while breeding. We may end up giving her a shot of lutalyse to bring her into heat and have her artificially inseminated. She’ll still have to stay up at the vet’s house because he’ll know when she’s in proper heat so she can be artificially inseminated. I’m not thrilled with this option, but it may be what we have to do to get her bred.
Meanwhile, I’ll be using the Traveling Milk-Mobile for at least this week. Not a fun prospect, but it is what it is.
Until later …