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.
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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.
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!!!
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