I've always used yearling bulls, Hereford and Jerseys, over my girls. So far I haven't had any fertility or injury problems. If the bull won't give the cow any rest after serving her a few times I take the cow away from him. If I need to do this, I always ensure he has either another cow, bull or steer for company.
Midge New Zealand Devoted Milkmaid of Ellie and Head Cow of 10 glorious small Jersey nurse-cows.
Thanks for the info. I have two reg jerseys...one cow 7 years old and a heifer 2 1/2 years old. I thought they were both FINALLY bred (heifer -I thought-bred in April and cow -I thought-bred in June) and they both came in heat this week I've had the heifer AI'd twice and twice taken her to a bull. The cow I've AI'd twice. Soo I'm looking my options...perhaps purchasing a young jersey bull to run with the girls. My dad thinks I've got the girls too fat (happens to the best of us haha)and that's part of the breeding problem? He has limousine cattle. Any suggestions?
farmerjohnkauai: Anybody got a peppermint oil udder rub recipe?
May 12, 2015 18:07:50 GMT -5
mocha: I just was looking around for some answers when I came across this board and found it very informative. Our Jersey cow has a calf about a week ago and I am not getting much milk from her..a litre maybe. What can I do?
May 13, 2015 9:06:36 GMT -5
wyomama: mocha, please do post a thread in the Family Cow section - people viewing on thier phones don't see the chat box.
May 13, 2015 15:15:41 GMT -5
hackberry: im in Abilene..i wanted a one way disk to reseed my little traps I have..but I do have a spring harrow..i read an article on red river crab grass..and they said u could reseed in spring w/one way harrow...the article said u could have year round grazing w/
May 22, 2015 22:31:37 GMT -5
barnmom: WOW There is so much reading on milkers
May 28, 2015 16:20:23 GMT -5
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