Still milking and with a new parlour this year, where I milk around 110 cows. Going from a 8/16 to a 18/18. I put the first cluster on at 6 am this morning and turned the machine off at 7.30 am. Thankfully, where I milk there are no plans to milk more. The new parlour is to just be able to do what we already do better. The cows are now all fitted with pedometers, which really helps with heat detection, and you can more easily get cows that are bulling out of the way of the main heard until they calm down. You still got to use your eyes about the cows, but technology is another tool in the box.
Cows are not fussy when on heat and can seriously damage each other when bulling (jumping on each other), even I have had to fight off the advances of hormonal cows over the years. They don't seem to be species specific when the sap is high.
The video is the dogs, just as I have returned home from milking, being away for some 2 1/2 hours, but sounds like I've been missing for a month. Henry shows us at nearly seven, he's still got his Brittany bounce.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
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