OK. I give up...What is a freshener???

Discussion in 'Dairy Diaries' started by Kelly G, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. Kelly G

    Kelly G Guest

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    Dec 27, 2009
    I keep reading this term about being a freshener or a second freshening - etc. I thought I could figure out what it means - or someone would have it somewhere, but I'm wrong...I can't/haven't figured it out.
     
  2. capriola-nd

    capriola-nd New Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    Northwest Oregon
    Freshening is when a doe kids. So, a first-freshener is a doe who has kidded for the first time, 2nd freshener, 2nd time kidding, etc.

    Sometimes first-freshener is abbreviated, so if you see FF, that means first-freshener. :)
     

  3. Kelly G

    Kelly G Guest

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    Dec 27, 2009

    THANK YOU!!!
     
  4. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Olivia....got it...... :thumbup: :wink: :greengrin: :goattruck:
     
  5. bsaw001

    bsaw001 Guest

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    Jan 5, 2010
  6. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    I've only heard it used with goats, but it may be the same with cattle.
     
  7. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    I agree with Alaskaboers .... :thumbup: I don't think... it is mentioned.. for any other domestic animals...meaning of milk coming in.... :wink: :greengrin:

    But ....if someone else knows... of any other animals.. that have that term...please let us know.... :thumbup: :)
     
  8. farmgirl42

    farmgirl42 New Member

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    Jan 2, 2010
    Eastern Ohio
    Growing up on a dairy cow farm, we always referred to a cow coming into milk as "freshen" -ed -ing.

    However, we called "first fresheners" a heifer, or a first-time heifer. :shrug:
     
  9. GotmygoatMTJ

    GotmygoatMTJ New Member

    Here in TN heifers that are first timers are called First Calf Heifers. :) I take a college class for Livestock Management and that was the only time I heard it.
     
  10. But this is in dairy goats correct? I have never heard this on meat goats, never at all until I came here.
     
  11. gingersnap

    gingersnap Junior Member

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    Dec 20, 2012
    Plant City, FL
    Is the term used in meat goats as well?
     
  12. xymenah

    xymenah Member with a bahhh

    Jul 1, 2011
    Mount Olive, NC
    This is a really old thread but it can be used in both dairy and meat but dairy say it more often since the concentration is on the udder of course.
     
  13. gingersnap

    gingersnap Junior Member

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    Dec 20, 2012
    Plant City, FL
    Thanks, I was googling about freshening and came across this thread. :)