|Mark with Bella, Patsy and Blossom|
Mark started milking Patsy the second day after little Blossom was born. Blossom is Patsy's first calf and we weren't sure how well she take to milking. But due to Mark's educating and handling of Patsy since she was a young calf she has handled the whole thing really well. Mark even found her waiting in the milking shed this morning. Mark is milking Patsy morning and evening at the moment to get her used to milking but also to take some pressure off her udder.
In about a week, Blossom will be locked up in the calf pen after her afternoon feed. This allows Mark to get the first lot of milk in the morning before the calf takes it all. He will take between 3-6 litres every morning and leave plenty for the calf to feed any time throughout the day. The cow is mostly happy with this procedure as she feels happy to know that the calf is secure all night while she can go off and graze and the calf is kept warm and safe overnight and wouldn't feed again during the night anyway, so seems to suit all round.