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Old 03-11-2018, 10:26 AM   #1
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Smile wild onions and milk cow

Started to notice the wild onions around the pasture.
brings back memories of when I was in school.
The milk cow would have a calf in September
so I got to milk her from then to around this time of the year.
Was always glad to see the wild onions because that would be the end of the milking until the next year. It was about time to take the calf to the locker plant for some very good meat. Kind of funny when I graduated from high school Dad decided the milk cow was too much trouble to fool with anymore

That was in 1965 my how fast time goes by
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Old 03-11-2018, 11:21 AM   #2
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Started to notice the wild onions around the pasture.
brings back memories of when I was in school.
The milk cow would have a calf in September
so I got to milk her from then to around this time of the year.
Was always glad to see the wild onions because that would be the end of the milking until the next year. It was about time to take the calf to the locker plant for some very good meat. Kind of funny when I graduated from high school Dad decided the milk cow was too much trouble to fool with anymore

That was in 1965 my how fast time goes by
Funny how that work haha. Im sure the timing was just a coincidence
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Old 03-12-2018, 09:30 PM   #3
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bump any body else have to milk a cow by hand
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Old 03-12-2018, 10:13 PM   #4
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I've done it a handful of times...but not daily...my great-grandparents ran a small dairy and it sounds like a horror story to me...except getting to eat fried chicken for breakfast since they had been awake 5 hours by 8am...365 days a year 7 days a week
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Old 03-12-2018, 10:38 PM   #5
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When I was about 10 years old I followed my Great Grandpa Mustache down to the barn and watched him milk his old cow. They lived in Many, Louisiana in a dogtrot house and literally had 40 acres, a milk cow and a mule.

I was watching GG Mustache and saw that old cow squat and a little pee got in the bucket.

When we got back to the house I ran around telling all the family, "Don't drink the milk, don't drink the milk."
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:40 AM   #6
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...every day, some is/has to be by hand. Currently getting 70-71 pounds per cow per day average ( some over 125). Your forearm would explode
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:48 AM   #7
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Many, many times as a kid growing up in NC.
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:53 AM   #8
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We would occasionally have to to feed a new calf that Mama would't let nurse. I remember the nasty tail slaps to the back of the head.
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:56 AM   #9
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Not every day like you. My uncle had a small farm in SW PA. When I was kid I would stay with them a month or so in the summer and I did. It was worth it to me because he would let me ride a horse in the afternoons.
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:04 AM   #10
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Had to do it for my grandfather when they would take off for a few days.
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Old 03-13-2018, 08:28 AM   #11
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Just think, for all that hard work to get a gallon of raw milk at current prices you saved $1.22..... of course it took $1.15 in feed to make it, but still a heck of a savings!
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Old 03-13-2018, 08:54 AM   #12
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Not as a daily routine but have had to do it on a momma whose calf wouldn't suck so we would milk her to drench the calf with the colostrum.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:00 AM   #13
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we had a city girl come out to milk a cow and I gave her a bucket and said the cows in the barn. she came out after a good while and said it took alot of work but she finally got a bucket full. then the bull came out shaking with his eyes rolled back in his head
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:21 AM   #14
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we had a city girl come out to milk a cow and I gave her a bucket and said the cows in the barn. she came out after a good while and said it took alot of work but she finally got a bucket full. then the bull came out shaking with his eyes rolled back in his head
smoking a cigarette?
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:50 AM   #15
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Yep worked on a ranch in high school in the summers and then after i was out. We had a dairy cow we would milk in the mornings to bottle feed orphan calves.
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:01 AM   #16
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When I was about 10 years old I followed my Great Grandpa Mustache down to the barn and watched him milk his old cow. They lived in Many, Louisiana in a dogtrot house and literally had 40 acres, a milk cow and a mule.

I was watching GG Mustache and saw that old cow squat and a little pee got in the bucket.

When we got back to the house I ran around telling all the family, "Don't drink the milk, don't drink the milk."
That's why the milk taste so good didn't dare go to the house with out any milk
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:08 AM   #17
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bump any body else have to milk a cow by hand
Had to do it enough times to know how, and I also remember those tail slaps, especially those cold January morning poopsicle tailslaps. Grandma kept a jersey milk cow in the cow lot for as long as I can remember. I also remember going out along the county road to sickle cut Johnson grass to help cut the cost of buying hay.
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:08 AM   #18
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Even Napoleon Dynamite knows when a milk cow gets into an onion patch.
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:17 AM   #19
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Napoleon Dynamite can tell if a milk cow has grazed on onions.
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:18 AM   #20
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Even Napoleon Dynamite knows when a milk cow gets into an onion patch.
Beat me to it! GOSH!
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