For some reason, I feel as if I am personally responsible when the cows don't milk well. To some degree, I suppose I am. I pulled the girls off the pastures, put them in the winter lot, about three weeks ago. I feared them eating down the pastures too close, and then it is harder for them to recover in the spring. Steve told me to keep them on pasture another two weeks, and that helped production. He pointed out that they were a LONG way from that problem. So the girls are back out to pasture every day.
I found their mineral feeders completely empty yesterday. I hadn't checked them in two or three weeks. They eat a lot more minerals when they are on hay, I am told, so I missed the boat there. I'm off to the organic mill to pick up minerals and organic laying mash this morning.
But I can't control the weather. It is normal for production to fall once the girls are pregnant and making babies. It is normal for it to fall even if they AREN'T making babies. It is a natural rhythm, and one I have a hard time getting used to.
When I deliver milk, I find myself apologizing if production is down a bit from the previous week. Apologizing for what? For nature? I must remember that.
And now I have this egg production to worry about. I count the eggs per day. I got four the first day I locked them in the Moop for the day, a number that has not been repeated since. I was elated that they laid anything when I started letting them out again, but it was two a day, and then only one a day.
It's a good thing I go back and read comments from my followers. Mark wrote that I should leave the eggs in the nests. They are more apt to come back to a nest with eggs than to a bare one. So I sneaked back out night before last with four eggs from the house and put them into what were their favorite nests. Voila! Yesterday there were three new eggs!! Thank you, Mark.
I left all seven eggs out there. The girls will stay in the Moop until I am back home with their feed. Will there be FOUR more today?
How much milk will we get? Will we get to Delilah before her bull calf does? It makes a difference of several quarts in our production.
Last question? Will I sleep well tonight? LOL
Really, when I lie in bed and think about good egg and milk production, I sleep like a baby. When production was down, I stew and don't sleep well.
This has really got to stop, don't you think? If it doesn't, I am going to be in real trouble come February.