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Old 01-03-2008, 09:49 PM   #1
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On Yahoo's organic dairying forum, a vet was commenting on his practice of dehorning cows in the waning moon phase as a way of cutting back bleeding. (Really interesting thread about the pros and cons of a horned herd.)

Is anyone familiar or know anything about benefit of trying to dry off during the waning phase?



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Old 01-03-2008, 10:34 PM   #2
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Found nothing abt drying off but here is and interesting article re: planting /weaning/breeding etc.
http://www.freereindesigns.com/is_it_time_to_wean.htm



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Old 01-04-2008, 02:38 AM   #3
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I do know if you wean at that time...they will not bawl their heads off. We learned that one years ago. Also they will eat more during certain phases of the moon. I think its interesting to say the least.

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Old 01-04-2008, 07:27 AM   #4
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I do know if you wean at that time...they will not bawl their heads off. We learned that one years ago. Also they will eat more during certain phases of the moon. I think its interesting to say the least.

Ken in MI

Really I always thought that was a bunch of baloney...anyone else notice real changes with the moon phases? I guess I'm just not that observant!
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Old 01-04-2008, 07:42 AM   #5
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My dad always followed the "moon" thing, swore by it. Planted garden by it, harvested garden by it, my brothers and dad had a few cows,(not long because of my dads cancer) and sheep. They all swore by it. I am going to pay more attention to it. Carolyn

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Old 01-04-2008, 11:38 AM   #6
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I wean my babies by the moon phase and have less crying and more positive results.
http://www.almanac.com/astrology/index.php

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Old 01-04-2008, 11:53 AM   #7
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Well, I'm one that believes there is a connection with moon phases and animals and us.......but I have also found that local weather can be a bigger influence on "animal" actions or reactions.
I wean when it's time to wean....dehorn when it's time to dehorn....plant when the ground has enough moisture in it, and the ground is warm enough. Breed doe's when they are in heat.

As there is a "harmony" thing at work on earth, I find it lacking to be just following any one thing that is a small part of it.
I think you will find that moon phases play a bigger role with animals that are out in the wild, and a lesser role with animals who are kept in captivity.
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I know the Amish will only geld horses according to the moon phase . I will have to ask them about other things they do by the moon.


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Old 01-04-2008, 02:06 PM   #9
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When I raised rabbits I always bred by the moon phases. and worming also now I am not an astrology person at all but there is a homonic rythum thing going on with the tides etc.

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Old 01-04-2008, 04:37 PM   #10
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I noticed that the goats are ornerier when theres been an earthquake, I have checked the USGS eathquake site often because of them. I do know that planting at midnight during a full moon works best. I am not however going out at midnight to plant my veges, to many to plant.



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