What's in your silo?

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Thu May 9 14:56:11 UTC 2002

Don is right, of course.  I've been off the farm too long, and, as in Don's
family, it was the men and boys who did the milking!

At 11:53 PM 5/8/02 -0500, you wrote:
>on 5/8/02 2:55 PM, Beverly Flanigan at flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU wrote:
> > (snip)  It was also very nutritious for cows in the
> > winter, when many were "dry" (i.e., pregnant).  Hay, straw, and alfalfa
> > were stored in the barn, and grain was stored dry (accidental fermentation
> > led to spoilage) in separate buildings called granaries.  Dry corn on cobs
> > was stored in corncribs, with open slats for airing and drying (like
> > cribs).  Ah, the memories. . . .
> >
>I wanted to clear up one of Beverly's points.  A cow does not have to be
>pregnant to be dry.  A dry cow does not produce milk -- period -- for a
>variety of reasons.  We didn't turn our cows dry until several weeks (I
>don't remember how many) before the calf was due.  The quantity and the
>taste of the milk change as the birthing date approaches.  There's an
>optimal time to let the cow go dry (simply by not milking her) so that her
>system makes its necessary adjustments to feed the newborn calf with
>wholesome new milk.  For a couple of weeks after the calf is born, the cow's
>milk isn't good for human consumption (taste, texture).  Then the milk
>gradually becomes good for people as well as calves.  The cow I milked for 7
>years was named Snooks, and my brother milked Doris.  Snooks had a bad
>post-partem period after the birth of her fifth calf, Charlie, and she
>seemed to blame me for her misfortune.  (I'm sure she didn't blame me for
>Charlie, just for her terrible mood.)

Beverly Olson Flanigan         Department of Linguistics
Ohio University                     Athens, OH  45701
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