Monday, March 22, 2010

He must have read that wrong

There's been a lot of excitement around here lately. Between Monika's birthday and my birthday, we've had lots of visitors and good times. Plus, the sunny days have dried the yard up nicely, so we aren't constantly trudging around through the mud. But even more exciting is how well the cows are doing right now.

We made some changes to our ration a couple weeks ago and saw a huge response from the cows. The girls are eating better (next to no refusal), their rumen fill is like nothing we've ever seen before, and the bulk tank average is up nine pounds per cow. We can hardly believe it.

This morning after our milk truck driver left, Glen looked at the weight manifest, shook his head in disbelief, and said, "He must have read that wrong."

It seems like we've been trying to get the cows to this point for a long, long time, but nothing we'd tried up this point seemed to make a difference. It was like intakes and milk weights were on a yo-yo.

We're only a couple weeks into this new ration, but we're hoping against hope that this time we've got it right. It feels really good to see the cows eating and milking so well.

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