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I have two dairy cows, a jersey/holstein, and a jersey. The jersey is the sweetest thing, but the jersey/holstein is a monster! She kicks apart the stanchion weekly, kicks off the inflations daily, and I have to coax her into the barn to be milked almost every time. She is rope broken, thank goodness, or I probably would not be able to get her in at all. I would butcher her, but we use all of both cows milk. They are about a month fresh and we are currently bottle-feeding the calves. I'd like to put my monster cow out to pasture with both calves and just milk the jersey, but I'm not sure how to get monster cow to let both calves nurse. She lets hers, but not the other. Both are bull calves, and I don't care if they are tame or not. We'll just castrate them and raise them for beef. Any ideas?

Oh, and I wondered. Our jersey is almost two years old. This is her first calf. Her milk is pretty skim, even though we feed her well and plenty. Is that normal for a first-birth cow? The holstein/jersey has much better milk. She is four years old.
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Hi, I regularly get my cows to accept multiple calves---90% of the time I am successful, but occasionally, I have a cow who will flat out refuse to nurse any calf but her own.

You mentioned that the cow you want to use to feed the calves kicks your stanchion apart weekly and kicks off the inflations daily--do you use any kind of kickstop on her?

Sometimes it helps to use a kickstop, tie the cow to a stout post, and then introduce another calf. The cow can't do a whole lot to intimidate the calf, and may stop wanting to. I also tell my cows to knock it off, and this works a lot of the time, coupled with a hard stare, though when I have my back turned, the cow may revert to rejecting the calf.

Is the Jersey milking out completely? You don't usually get the cream til the end, so if she is holding up, you might be missing out. The cream ratio should improve through the lactation. With some of my fresh cows, I really don't get much cream. As they let down better, I get more. When the calf is weaned, I get it all.
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