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Date:12/22/2014 10:28:20 AM
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thank you very much willow lane farm annex.
i loved having them and i keep in touch with nellie still, she's wearing the straw hat, in fact she is due to have her first calf in march. her mother cocobean the dun colored in the picture i did milk and she was not used to human touch like i was doing so she got a little testy at first but also i did not have a milking parlor or a stanchion to put her in, she was just hooked to the wall in front of her hay holder. but in anticipation of wanting to milk nellie from when she was born i ran my hands all over her and included rubbing her belly and udders so she never even flinched when touched. unfortunately i will not be able to see if my plan worked out. i had to sell all my dexters, i got hurt badly and was sitting in a chair for 6 months, so after enlisting my husband (not an animal person) to do barn chores and teaching from my chair he did excellent and got to know the girls and was sad to see them go as well, but i couldn't take care of them like they should be.
my advice to you would be to get hands on, really hands on, now and until such time to milk gets here. brushing rubbing patting and make sure she can see you on a milking stool or bent down where you will be so she doesn't freak out that you are lower than normal. and move slow and calmly, but i bet you know some of this already. :)
if i get a chance to do this again i would have a stanchion and a separate milking parlor. i wish you good luck and if you end up getting a "kicker" tie a rope just in front of her back legs and tight an old farmer taught me this.
good luck and have fun.
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