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Cow Owners Report – September 2015

Howdy! 

With fall in the air, there’s changes that affect milk production for the cows here at the farm. Seasons are always coming and going, and it’s the same with milk cows. They go through cycles naturally.

Below I have posted the latest report on milk production. As you’ll see, the two lowest producing cows (besides a couple dry ones) are Milka and Dora.

As an owner in the cow-share program at Bartlett Farms, your milk deliveries are based on the milk your cow is giving. That’s right. So if your cow Milka is giving less, you are entitled to a lower milk supply. 

cowproductiongraph-9-17-15

Below is a visual summary of the herd milking cycles. The curves represent the normal high and low points of the amount of milk a cow is expected to give. At about the middle of the chart, you’ll see September 2015. That’s where we’re at right now. Milka (lavender) is declining in preparation for calving this winter and Dora (light green) is also giving less milk due to late stage in milking. Dora has also experienced a foot injury this summer which has contributed to an earlier reduction in milk as well.

2016 milk projection 9-17-15

 

I know you may be wondering exactly which cows you own, and where they fit in this picture. If you’d like to find out, shoot me an email at office@bartlettfarms.us. I’ll be happy to explain.

 

Posted by Peter on September 17, 2015; updated September 23rd, 2015.

Bartlett Farms Dairy Manager

 

IMG_7922Lucy, a two and a half year old Jersey cow.