Anyone here milk a jersey/angus cross? I know it is not unheard of, but it seems culturally questionable. All my friends raise their eyebrows and say "Angus milk?" Our heifer is only 2 months old, so I don't have to make a decision immediately. She is very sweet, but you can definitely see the angus in her. I very much like the idea of a lower producing, hardier milk cow. I would love not to feed grain. Please give input.
I don't think you can pick a better family cow. You get a cow that is an easy keeper. You get good quality milk, plenty for your family and to play with, but not so much you are swimming in it. You breed her to a beef bull, and you get super beefy calves that grow up fast for the freezer.
My first cow was a Jersey/Angus cross.
Tig - 3/4 Jersey 1/4 Dexter 12 yr
Pepper-Angus/Dexter/Jersey 7 yr
Mocha (aka Crazy Cow) 6 yr
Eva Holstein 6 yr
Maggie - HoJo 5 yr
Chloe - Jersey/Dexter 5 yr
Brie - Jersey - 4 yr
Holly - Ho/Angus and Sage Jersey/Mini Jersey milk cows in waiting
My ex raised pure bred Angus and his family milked one cow for family use. Their Angus were really protective mothers but the milk suited their purposes.
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I have a jersey/angus that calved 3 weeks ago. She gives great milk just not as much as her mother who is a full jersey. We are getting 2 1/2 gallons a day. The calf is with her all day and we separate them at night so I milk in the morning. The only complaint I have is that her teats are pretty small. They have definitely lengthened since I started milking her (those first milkings were awfully hard).
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Very nice milk mirror, should do very well....I would NOT count on low production unless forages are poor.
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Oh boy, I think you've got a keeper there. I would love a dual purpose cow like that. I have jerseys, and my family ( in Montana) has raised angus for over 100 years. I love both breeds very much, and think a jersey/angus milker would be awesome. Sarah
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I have jersey and angus crosses. I am not milking right now, but when we do, it is more than enough for my family. All of them have very nice udders and teats, except one cow. Mine have a great cream line as well. And like others have mentioned they are easier, for me anyway, to keep in condition. I love the dairy and beef combos for my family. I have a bull that is devon x gelbvieh that I am adding to the mix. I expect even better things to come. Sonya
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Rosey - JerseyxRed Angus Molly(RIP)- JerseyxBlack Angus
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Sadie - Jerseyx Red Angus
Rosalita - Jerseyx Red Angus
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A lot of folks on this forum milk a dairy beef cross, and are very happy with it. The most popular seem to be angus x jersey, but Janene is milking a jersey x braunvieh, and I think Lannie's is a hereford x jersey. I have a dexter x jersey, and love her, but I've never tried to keep her lactation going over 9 months. Maybe someone who has, can address that for you. Your little heifer is lovely! Don't worry about the raised eyebrows. Just go for it!
I am currently milking a Jersey/Angus. The milk is great. She is a FF. I raised her and she is a sweetheart. The only issue I have is she is so much taller than my jersey and her teat are so much higher away from my bucket I have to work hard at aiming.....lol. In another month or so my Ruby will be having her first baby. She is a Milking Shorthorn/Hereford cross. She is small enough to fit the classification of a mini cow. Can't wait to see what her production is like.
I have milked pure angus and both girls had fabulous milk, were great producers and kind milkers. We were milking one of them beside brown swiss and jerseys and we always kept the angus milk seperate because it was the most sought after for its flavor and richness! Ignore the raised eyebrows and tell them,"wait til you taste her milk, then tell me I am crazy"
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I two full sister AngusxJersey cows (Jersey cow Angus bull). The suprising thing is that the older cow is defintely from the Angus side, as tall as a Charolais and dwarfs her mum, and the younger sister (by 10 months) is as small or slightly smaller than the Jersey. Generally the same nutrition (actually, the younger probably had better in utero than the elder sister), and raised on teh mum the same length of time. Go figure? H
I am milking a 3 year old Jersey/Angus X. She calved almost 5 weeks ago and gives us about 2 gallons per day on hay/grass only. This is more than we can use, so we sell some, make cheese with some, etc. She is extremely calm and does excellent with hand milking. Her Angus daddy was naturally polled and so is she. Her udder is nice and tight and teats are perfectly spaced and sized. Love her!
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Post by pipergrey93 on Jun 1, 2011 14:42:16 GMT -5
I agree - perfect family cow! These high-producing jerseys are DELICATE. Stick around any length of time and you will see the 911 section full of jerseys - rarely the hardier crosses. And honestly, my problem around here is not, not enough milk, but too much to cope with. Sandy
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