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October 2013

We Don’t Care

Blogging has been difficult lately.  I will, however, take this morning to hopefully educate a great deal of people.  I work in a certain place, at a position that allows you to return merchandise.  But after yesterday’s adventure, I feel I need to point out a few things:

Do not tell us you will never shop here again or buy our product again.  It is not our store.  It is not our product, and we DON’T CARE.  As a matter of fact, a great deal of us boycotted our employer prior to our employment, avoid them when possible now, and will boycott them in the future.  Some are LITERALLY counting the days until we can leave, and pretty much all of us are looking for other jobs currently.  And, I kid you not, nothing would make us happier than to watch it shut down or blow up, so trust me when I say we don’t care, even though I will only outwardly say, “Yes sir/mam”.

Do not bring back mixed paint.  Do not bring back mixed paint without a receipt.  Do not bring back mixed paint over a year old without a receipt.  Do not get an attitude with us in the hopes of us being intimidated by you and giving in.  They put the meanest people in my position for a reason.  We’re not afraid to say no to anyone.

Do not get embarrassed when your “mother” forgot her coupons AGAIN and I have to have an audible conversation with you in front of others to explain that you did not get the $2 off your Trojan massager because the coupon was for lubrication.  You’re over forty, and if you’re willing to buy said items for your “mother”, who must be over 60, then you shouldn’t get embarrassed with our conversation.  I wasn’t, but I did laugh at you afterward.

Do not tell us that we just lost a customer that spends over $2000 a month here.  For one, we don’t care, and for another, we find it impossible to believe a fifty cent hooker has that much money.

Do not come back every week with the same item after we tell you no and say we lost a customer.  Again, we don’t care, and it appears as though they didn’t lose a customer by any means.

Do not call and say you bought bad meat at our store and we have to wire you money.  I’m not that stupid.

These are just a few suggestions to make our lives better.  As far as making your life better, get a job and quit the drugs.

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Milking a cow once a day

       A lot of your milking technique will derive from the type of cow you purchase.  If you have a great deal of money, you can get a cow that’s already bred, has a calf with it, and is being milked.  That can lead to other trouble, as you may have to follow their procedure and not your own way.  There are some preconceptions to milking that need to be addressed.  Here are some facts:

1-A cow will produce milk after giving birth and up until her body says it is time to stop, or you stop her.
2-A calf can be your best friend
3-DO NOT PULL THE TEETS!!
4-You are not tied down to the cow, and you will not, necessarily, be overburdened with milk.


       The first thing you want to do is choose your breed.  We use Dexters.  Dexters are originally from Ireland and quite small.  We get about 1/2 gallon a day or less on our short-legged girl.  We are a family of three and make butter, cream products, and cheese from this.  We get plenty to drink and cook with too.  Some breeds, like Jerseys, people swear by.  This is mainly to disposition from what I’ve heard, however, I have also heard a Jersey bull is one of the meanest around.  So, choose your breed. 


       Choose your age.  Do you want one already going, or one you raise by hand yourself?  They both have their advantages.  While the one already going costs about 10 times more, they require far less time investment, and you might even get the family selling her to show you how it’s done.  The young calf can be very cheap, but you may have to bottle feed it, risking disease and death.  You also have to wait 2 years for your milk.  One year to get to breeding age, and one year to have the calf.  She will think of you as a cow, as a mother, and will tolerate you well.  Start touching her udder NOW.  Every time you feed her as a baby.  Put a halter on her and walk her around until she leads well.


       Working with the calf after weaning requires time investment.  They are just like a horse.  You have to spend time with them every day.  Go out, sit down, tell them how your day was, walk her around with her lead rope, touch her all over to make her comfortable with you.  When she’s old enough (different breeds call for different ages), 12-18 months (some say as long as 24), get her bred.  


       You can breed her via AI (artificial insemination), your own bull, or rent someone else’s.  Bulls are another topic.  The vet can AI her for you, but you will probably have to have a squeeze chute and other items.  The bull’s a LOT cheaper!  He’s also easier as you don’t have to keep track of her cycle, more reliable, and natural.


Wait 9 months…

       Calving is also another topic.  Now, if you want to do what the dairy farms do, rip the calf away from it’s mother at 24 hours old and sell it to anyone that will take it.  Get up every morning and go out every morning and night for the next 9 months milking your cow.


OR


       Do what we do.  Leave the calf and its mother alone for 2 weeks.  Oh, go out and talk to them.  Continue to have a relationship, but no milking.  After two weeks, go out before you go to bed and separate them.  Keep the calf locked up with water and grass/hay, and the cow within sight.  We keep the cow in the pasture, and the calf in the calf run-a section of pasture fenced off to separate animals.  They can nuzzle through the fence, and even nurse if really determined, but not so much.  The cow will come in the morning to collect her calf. 


       This is the noisy part, and probably the most uncomfortable part for her as she is not used to holding it in that long.  The next morning, as soon as you can (we go around sunrise), milk her.  Then, turn her loose.  Now, this might work better backwards for you.  Tie her up when you go to work, and milk her when you get home.  But make sure someone is there to do it in case you have to stay over or you can run into serious trouble.


       Now, here are the benefits.  For example, Saturday is our Sabbath, and we don’t want to get up and milk the cow.  Not a problem.  The calf will pick up the excess.  We milk when we need it, and not until then.  “I’ll need milk tomorrow!” 


       “OK”


       Now, once the calf weans itself, or you need to wean it, you will have to milk twice a day every day, or face a dried up cow.

       I hope you make use of this method and enjoy it!

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