We are coming in to the final period before Christina's dry period. Her milk production has already dropped in the last few weeks from the four-and-a-half gallons a day we've been enjoying almost from the beginning down to three-and-a-half gallons. Today we begin switching her to grass hay, a lower quality feed that will produce less milk. Next week we'll drop to one milking a day and have her fully dried off within two weeks.
Full freezers give a wonderful feeling, knowing that Christina milk will be waiting for us, even as she has the last two months of pregnancy for the needs of her own body and her new calf. Just as she rests, so will we. With our daily milking chores lifted, we plan to camp and vacation and watch movies in the evening.