I stopped milking my cow on Saturday and today is Wednesday. Her bags are still very full and she is walking around very uncomfortable. Nothing looks red or irritated and her udders don"t have heat to them. Her teats are peachy in color and look ok to me. Everything looks ok except she just looks very full. So my question is how long does it take for a cow to normally dry up. I am suppose to leave for a couple of days on Friday and don"t want to leave till I know she is ok. This is my first Dairy cow, I have had her since March, so this is my first time drying up a cow. Thank you in advance for your response.


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chaparra72Brood Cow
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It is going to take 10 days to 2 weeks for you to really notice her udder being less full looking. I know it is hard to not worry! Just keep an eye on it like you are and I"m sure she will be fine.HTH
SharonWife to the hardest working man I knowMother to 5 beautiful kids: Sharon, Jamie, Abigail, Timothy and LenitaVarious Jersey cows, bulls and calves Pepper the Border CollieToo many chickensPigs"Those who would give up Essential Liberty, to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety"..."Pennsylvania Assembly: Reply to the Governor", Ben Franklin
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Starting today or tomorrow her udder should start to look a little softer, then mine usually take 10-14 days for their udder to shrink lots. The udder has to get tight to signal "cease and desist". Rachel
Me, my Hubby, and four Littlesone horse - CappyA burgeoning goat herd35+ British White and Angus mama cows, and several bullsMy milk cows: Faith, Chick and FrecklesHeifers coming up - DollyDixie RIP
I noticed yesterday while looking at her utters that she was leaking a clear liquid just a little bit from one or two of her teats. Is this normal, everything looked good in color and I didn"t feel any heat on the utter when she would finally let me get close enough to her. I hadn"t touched her in anyway to stimulate her to milk, I am just assuming that it is because she is so full. Honestly I am trying to compare her to when I dried up after nursing, I know she is going to be uncomfortable for a little while I am just trying to make sure I am doing everything properly so she doesn"t have anything go wrong. Yesterday would be day 5 of not milking her.
Well, for me, it takes more like 2 weeks for my girls" udders to really stop looking so full. It took about a month for them to shrink noticeably.Not sure on the fluid you are seeing. If my girls leak, it is milk. Someone else will probably give advise on that.
SharonWife to the hardest working man I knowMother to 5 beautiful kids: Sharon, Jamie, Abigail, Timothy and LenitaVarious Jersey cows, bulls and calves Pepper the Border CollieToo many chickensPigs"Those who would give up Essential Liberty, to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety"..."Pennsylvania Assembly: Reply to the Governor", Ben Franklin
I"m sure it was just milk she was leaking out, I just wasn"t sure if that is normal for them to leak a little as they dry up.
If they have still been making lots of milk, I think it"s normal. You may want to make sure there aren"t a lot of flies bugging her.I have a hard time keeping a cow milking heavy, so my cows are more ready to dry up than some others... Hence the different answers you got.Rachel
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