House Cow in Training

Bree, our house cow in waiting had her first lesson this morning – wearing the halter. It wasn’t too difficult to get on – you could do almost anything to her when she’s at the milk feeder and she wouldn’t care. Next step is to attach a lead rope and get her used to the feeling of some pressure on the halter.

She won’t be in calf until the end of next year so the training is a long term investment for when she’s producing milk.


  1. Rob Says :
    2 October, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Planning to hand milk then?

  2. John Says :
    2 October, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Yep – hardly seems worth using a machine to do one cow. Unless of course I can build a solar powered milk pump….hmmm

  3. Peter Says :
    8 October, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Bree looks gorgeous John. Hand milking is one of the most therapeutic tasks I have ever done. Ties you down a bit but well worth it though. We had a Jersey cow many years ago when we had a small holding at Oxford in North Canterbury. Nothing like cuddling up to a warm cow first thing in the morning with all the smells of the cow, hay and countryside and then fresh milk for breakfast. (and yummy thick cream),

    Peter (Matarawa)

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