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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Kendra, Sarah's little heifer
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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.
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Akita Maisie, Cats Flurry & Licorice, Speckled Sussex & Arauconas, and Mulefoot hogs.
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.
cathymb6: I have a new calf, not sure when to start milking heifer. Saw somewhere within the first 12 hours. Is this correct?
Jul 6, 2014 13:32:48 GMT -5
mommamary: Researching dual purpose milk and fiber goats. Does anyone have recommendations?
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mommamary: I am researching goat breeds that have Both good milk and fiber for spinning. Are there any good ones?
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Jenny at Sagehill: Problem w/fiber goats is they put their energy into fiber, not milk. Cashmere goats might work, but their fiber needs a special dehairing machine to remove a LOT of coarse hair from a bit of cashmere.
Jul 13, 2014 12:05:01 GMT -5
Jenny at Sagehill: Angora goats might work except they aren't bred to milk much or longer than their kids require. They're rather smaller animals and can be finicky.
Jul 13, 2014 12:08:13 GMT -5
beelady: i had an angora doe that was a precocious milker. huge udder too... right now im crossing angora buck on nubian does saving the doelings that show mohair/cashmere and breeding those onto angoras..
Jul 16, 2014 7:42:26 GMT -5
romal: hi there..does anyone know if the Heifer Diary will continue & how Joann is doing?
Jul 17, 2014 14:16:14 GMT -5
Chatty Kathy: I've been out of the KFC, milking mass quantities. I cannot seem to find Joann's current diary entries and saw a post asking how she is doing. She has been such an inspiration and help to me. I'd like to know how she is.
Jul 28, 2014 19:52:58 GMT -5
sparkey75: Why can i sometimes see the avitars and cute pics on the side of the page by everyones name and sometimes not?
Jul 31, 2014 7:27:30 GMT -5
erinnny: sparkey75 Because not everyone changes their profile pic.
Aug 11, 2014 15:31:49 GMT -5
mootopian: I am trying to post an ad to tell folks I have good dairy cows for sale, but I don't understand how to start a post.
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wyomama: You need to be an active member to post an ad in the Auction Barn.
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Jerseytinkerbell: Can't create a thread or PM. Any ideas?
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Jerseytinkerbell: Figured it out, I think. Had something to do with my anti virus.
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mootopian: What would make me active?
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Janene: Ask a few questions and introduce yourself!
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Janene: Um, not here, start a thread or comment on one or two.
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Mare: anyone out there
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Jerseyboy1: How do I post to threads!
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