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How to Raise a Dairy Cow

How to Raise a Dairy Cow

Raising a dairy cow is somewhat an interesting project to start if you have the space for at least a small farm. Milking is also another form of enjoyment - it can be for the family’s consumption only or for sale to generate some income.  Learn more about how to raise a dairy cow; it might lead you to a new cost-effective resource for the family. Here’s how:

  1. Start raising a female new born calf.  Introduce bottle feeding to the calf at once, so that it can get used to it fast. It is also an opportunity to get along with you as it grows. Never compromise the “first milk” of its mother - it is important that the calf must drink the “colostrum” for stronger immunity against diseases before you switch to bottle feeding the calf. Take the calf from its mother after the first four days following its birth.

  2. Continue bottle feeding the young calf until it reaches 12 weeks old to ensure its good health. Visit the calf regularly and bond with it. Treat the calf as your pet; always nurture it with your caring touch, especially on its belly.

    f will recognize you and will keep following you around. It will be easier for you to milk it when the right time comes.

  3. A heifer must be bred. This refers to a young cow before it gets pregnant with its first calf. A young heifer must be one year old to set its breeding process. Notice its reproductive cycle. Most cows show heat when ready to breed.  Once the heifer gets pregnant, continue showing your care and keep bonding with it. The gestation period will be completed on its 38th week of pregnancy.  When it gives birth successfully, the new born calf must be separated from its mother after four days.

  4. Start milking the mother cow. You may do the milking every day or even twice a day. However, do not compromise the new born calf’s health; give it the best time at night to bond with its own mother. Allow the mother cow to nurse its new born calf at night, and then take it out during the day to collect the mother cow’s milk for your own use.  Continue bottle feeding the baby calf until it gradually weans off from its mother.

  5. Make sure to provide your cow with quality feeds needed during its lactating period. The cow will not produce healthy milk if it’s not fed well with nutritious feeds. Purchase only high quality feeds to produce superior milk. You may add alfalfa pellets to enhance the sweetness of your cow’s milk.

  6. Continue milking until the last milk. Take the last milk from the cow’s udders – it’s the healthiest produce of your cow. Make sure to strip all of it; the cream is the best part of the cow’s milk. The cow will reproduce again after 60 days following its first heat cycle. You will milk it again after giving birth for another 305 days during its lactating period.

  7. Keep an accurate record of your dairy cow’s information. It is essential to write down the cow’s birth date, date of breeding, its heat cycle and any records of medication.  You may also record the amount of milk it produces during its lactating period. This practice will help you manage its cycle when the cow is ready to breed again and it will also secure your dairy cow’s health.

How to raise a dairy cow is profitable for the family. Design your farm to produce not only high quality milk for the family, but also for the community.


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