I was thinking about breeding one of my registered jerseys with a guernsey. My husband wondered if they are as valuable, less valuable or about the same if we decided to sell a heifer sometime down the road???
They still make unbeatable milk, and I have read up on the crosses with these breeds. Where your Jersey has a harder time in the heat of the summer crossing with guernsey is supposed to really toughen them up. Daisy is supposed to be Jersey/Guernsey cross. I don't know for a fact. I would not hesitate to do it or buy one.
The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else
Guernseys are supposed to be very temperature tolerant- from very hot to extreme cold (they took a pair of Guernseys on a ship to provide milk during an arctic exploration in the 1800's and both had healthy calves during the journey).
I think it would make a nice cross. And its still going to be an all dairy cow who will milk very well with a high cream content, so I think price would stay the same, unless you are in an area that is really into registered animals.
Isabelle, 16 year old Guernsey cow
Clovis, Jersey steer born 6/2/2012
My 3/4 Guernsey does well in heat and cold, here in No. Central Idaho. Her Jersey X bull calf that was born last Aug.2nd and lives nearby isn't very big, I think because they haven't fed him as well as he should've been. He did survive being outside in the near zero degree winter weather we had for nearly 3 weeks early last Ded. This bull was probably 65lbs at birth. She's having another Jersey X inside 3 weeks, and I'm looking forward to a heifer this time, for calf #4.
My cow is very amiable. And knows the commands I use with her. Never had any fears, and was easy to train to milk. If she kicks, it's really about swatting flies more than anything else. She has stood on my left toes a time or two though, because I hadn't learned to watch where I put that foot when milking!
I got her at 10 months old and didn't have any trouble haltering and teaching her to lead.
Thanks! I almost feel like a little kid picking out a new toy! There's just so many options...do we go milk cow??? do we go beef???....ah, I just don't know! I do have some friends who want milk cows, but I don't know if they can wait that long!!! Thanks!!!
frauline214: oI am new to forum. I have a jersey/beef cow cross who is due to calve shortly. I plan on adding other calves to her after she calves. This is a first time freshener and she has been raised to let me milk her. Any suggestions how many calves I can add?
Mar 2, 2014 19:10:43 GMT -5
squarant: have only highlands. sorry
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frauline214: okay hope some one is here my cow had her calf last night not sure how to tell if baby is getting milk
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Soma Gosala: Does someone know where I can buy A2 Jersey semen ?
Mar 15, 2014 17:26:33 GMT -5
birdsongmilkmaid: Most AI companies test their bulls for beta casein type. Semex lists the type right on their website. If the company you are purchasing your semen from doesn't, send them an email and ask for a list of the beta casein type of the bulls that they offer.
Mar 17, 2014 2:42:11 GMT -5
betsytaylor: Sureshot Cattle out of Longmont Colorado offers A2/A2 straws.
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Jes: HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING EVERYONE!!
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Guinevere: It's 3 a.m. WHY am I still awake?
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wyomama: Partly because you are sitting at the computer instead of in the bed.
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ramblinrose: I love this forum! You guys are udder-ly awesome!
Mar 27, 2014 16:22:24 GMT -5
Guinevere: ROFL! That could be part of the problem, I reckon.
Mar 27, 2014 16:35:07 GMT -5
sydneyknits: Goat temp 105. No nasal discharge. Just kidded three days ago. Not eating well. Gave asprin
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nodakjersey: Please comment on my latest post! PLease!
Mar 29, 2014 23:26:16 GMT -5
lew92: Just a note: Use the 911 area for emergencies. This is more of a chat area...
Apr 1, 2014 9:39:33 GMT -5
madameecho1: Brand new to the site, and jersey cow and bull will be arriving today! Cow is 2.5 years old and 5.5 months preggers with first calf. Any suggestions greatly appreciated...
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treatlisa: Welcome!! You will get more activity if you start a thread of your own. Good luck with your new ones!!
Apr 5, 2014 14:23:00 GMT -5
YounkerHomestead: I am sooo glad I found this site! I don't know many people in my area interested in owning a family dairy cow. I am really enjoying reading the threads from like minded people Good luck to everyone calving!
Apr 8, 2014 12:27:00 GMT -5
dextergal: Ya ikr?!? The people on here are really sweet also!
Apr 8, 2014 23:29:49 GMT -5
Janene: Hello folks! Don't forget to look through the Tree of Knowledge! Loads of information there with photos in some sections!
Apr 13, 2014 18:38:44 GMT -5
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