Lots longer milking this morning, being sure to be extra easy with the new heifers. Milk production from the new heifers was low except for about 5 of them, which is to be expected, 1: mostly very fresh heifers(2 calves just yesterday) 2: they've been under a LOT of stress.
As one would expect, the worst part is that the very best looking one of the bunch has terrible mastitis in one quarter. I'm gonna let the seller know, and ask if I can try treating, or if he wants to swap it out. I lean to swapping it out, even though she looks so nice. Looks don't pay the bills. LOL
Just before dark last night, I walked down by the feeders just watching the new ones. #3752 came walking down the feeders, keeping up with me. I stopped & stuck my hand through the headlocks, and she started licking my hand & arm. She's a darling little cow! She'll let me rub all over her. Even better, she's a good milking one! These heifers have no chance making up the production of the ones I had to sell, but I knew that going in. Heifers never milk that great their first lactation, but next year they should come in much stronger on milk. I figure I'll have to swap in 2 or 3 for warranty replacements, but at least I have a warranty!
All these new ones were individually filtered at the weigh jars, so the main line filter will tell the tale on the rest of my original herd. Well, this morning that filter was almost immaculately clean, save for a couple specks of mastitis, and the filter had not a bit of "slick feel" to it. In a few days I'll be getting back SCC scores to see how much it has dropped. I think it will be worlds lower.
Josh is off today & tomorrow, so I'm laying low between chore times & resting. Heat index is heading to 100+ today anyway. Sprinklers already on for the cows.