LittleRedGirl is a young heifer with extremely soft udders. To train and milk her, we really need to put more pressure on those nice dangling teats, so we have tied them with rope again and again. Today, we are trying locking udder bands. LittleRedGirl is locked to a frame by her collar and this makes her completely accessible for the goat milker to do its job. Her locked udders are still sore from earlier milkings, but we need to get on with it: LittleRedGirl is such a promising HuCow, we can’t let her take a break. Gagged with a big shiny red ball again, she will have to deal with the goat milker once again. The HuCow lifestyle is often not easy for young heifers, but they will get used to it. They all do.
Liz – inspection and pumping
It is important to do regular check ups of your HuCows. They need to stay in top shape. Medical inspections are just as important as exercise. Liz is taken to the inspection room to be examined and oiled to ensure she is a healthy HuCow. After the inspection, her udders are oiled up for a pumping session. Liz has uniquely shaped udders with large puffy teats but she could use a little more volume. Regular pumping sessions will help. She is now quite well trained, and she can even be told to do the pumping herself. It’s not easy for Liz, but she pumps both of her udders to the maximum size. Well done, Liz! You can return to the barn now for your milking sessions.
Ulysse – still resisting
Our feisty French HuCow Ulysse is still not very well trained. She says ‘no’ when you touch her udders. And milking is still very painful for her. The only way to solve this is to give her more sessions. More milking, regular milking, hard milking. The red cow milker is the strongest machine, so we try if that will speed up her training. Ulysse is suffering, she needs full restraints to keep her in the milking frame, otherwise she would run off. It is not easy to transition to human livestock, but we are confident we can get all HuCows to eventually get used to their milking sessions, docile and without (many) restraints. With Ulysse however, this is going to take a long time. Maybe we should add a little stimulation to her sessions?