There is a dairy an hour or so from here where I bought my bottle calf (bull) that also sells the heifers (also half holstein, half angus) for $120 ea. Dairy type cattle are badly docked at the local sale barn so I don't intend to buy any more bull bottle calves from the dairy (unless I need to raise one for meat), BUT I keep thinking about those heifers :). Just wondering what opinion some of you might have on the idea.
I'd pounce on it. I am milking a 1/2 jersey 1/2 angus right now, and man!! What a cow ;D
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Have to agree with Becky. Most people that first buy a cow really don't know what they're doing. Hey, it happens to us all. But if you can get a half beef breed, there are probably a lot less concerns than with a pure dairy breed.
I guess what really worries me is the Johnes thing. The dairy doesn't test for it, so it does seem risky to bring one home. But it is good to hear that some people have found this cross to be decent cows.
Just saw this post and want to put in a word for the Hostein/Angus girls.
I have a Hostein/Angus that I got as a bottle calf when she was three days old. I didn't intend to milk her and put her in with the beef herd when she was breeding age. She was bred to the Angus bull and calved on Oct. 31st. I was short on milk and thought "why not?". We brought her up from the other farm and broke her to milk. She did bust down the fence a couple of times between the corral and the milking parlor but after she figured out what was going on, she loves being milked. She has never kicked and has to be first in the stanchion now. She is more dairy in conformation but maintains her condition well. She is giving me four gallons of milk a day and her calf is still nursing twice a day. She has a really nice udder, nice long teats, doesnt' hold back her milk, and is just an all around joy. Honestly, she is the best cow I have and I own a small herd of Jerseys. I love her.
I really need to get some good pictures of her. I will try to do that soon. I think a lot depends on if they end up with angus conformation or holstein conformation. We could tell when she was quite young that she was going to be more dairy.
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