Post by horsepowerhomestead on Jul 31, 2020 15:17:38 GMT -5
My AI guy gets all his semen from ABS and he isn’t a dairy man but he said whatever Jersey bull I liked, he would order for me next batch so that I can breed my heifer in the fall.
So here I am trying to read all the gibberish of each profile. I’m not really sure what I’m looking for. I’m accustomed to looking at beef bulls.
Would anyone have any recommendations for bulls off hand from ABS? What numbers matter the most?
I am not running a dairy on any scale, I don’t need high production numbers. Just healthy, happy, good grazing cows with decent conformation.
I am looking for A2A2, but every bull I’ve clicked on so far already meets that criteria!
Edited to add: My heifer (Her name is Darla) being bred is a Longhorn x HoJo. She has a sweet temperament. She is very hardy and maintains weight well on grass. She has a pretty speckled coat pattern which seems to deter flys from bothering her. Her mama was a Holstein x Jersey nurse cow with moderate production (enough to support 2 calves). Darla has a nice enough looking udder (she does have a very tiny extra teat on one of her front quarters). Her teats look/feel long enough for hand milking (I do plan to hand milk her). Temperament is super important to me. I don’t want to have a jerky cow. I am breeding Darla with the hope of creating another family milk cow (for myself or to sell to another family down the line). So It would be nice to get a heifer. But if we get a bull calf, I have enough grass to feed him out and then send him to the freezer.
also I would prefer a Homozygous polled bull. As I would like to avoid the dehorning process of possible.
My AI guy says “JUI” is an indicator of udder improvement. I might look for milking speed and temperament if those numbers are available. I would think it depends a lot on what you want out of the calf, and what you think might need to be corrected for about your cow 🤷♀️
Maybe if you give some more details about these things some of the more experienced people will know just what you need
If homozygous polled (PP) is very important, that narrows down your possibilities quite a bit. You probably just have a 1-3 bulls to pick from. If not, them I would look into the LIC NZ bulls. ABS is the distributor. There's been a couple recent threads on here about those bulls.
Belle - Normande x Jersey cow Willow - NZ Jersey heifer Pringle and Bandit - heifer calves
Post by horsepowerhomestead on Jul 31, 2020 17:05:42 GMT -5
I am not super concerned about inbreeding despite not knowing her Dam’s exact lineage. Darla’s sire was Longhorn. Dam was HoJo. Dam is an older cow. I suspect her grand sire is no longer in the breeding pool. Also I suspect grand sire was horned or at least heterozygous polled As mom had horns. So selecting polled would rule him out regardless. Plus the farmer I got her from prefers live coverage, if I pick anything out of state, I think I’ll be safe.
Well I just looked at the ABS lineup and they have 0 polled Jersey sires right now. Just an FYI, the US Jersey herd average is at about an 8 or 9% inbreeding coefficient this year, going up at unsustainable rate. Picking any random Jersey bull means that you have a fairly good chance of increasing that IC% unless you actively select a bull that is not related. That's a big part of the appeal of NZ Jersey sires. Breeding any two random US Jerseys together will result in a 6-13% IC (or higher, if they're closely related). Breeding a US Jersey to a NZ Jersey will bring that value down to 0.5-2%, which should bring hybrid vigor-like improvements in health, fertility, and feed effeciency.
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May 23, 2019 13:07:11 GMT -5
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alpacalexi: My mini jersey cow is pregnant, however the last couple days her udder has deflated. My vet saw her on the 23 and said delivery in a couple weeks Is there a reason for her deflating?
Oct 2, 2019 17:17:00 GMT -5
Trim: She probably aborted a while back. That happened to one of my animals. She was bagging up but within a short while of her "due date" she began to deflate. I had no idea what had happened. I was seriously bummed out.
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mamacherri10: good afternoon! I have not been on the website in a long time. Have a new jersey milk cow and am looking to see how long she needs to be dried up prior to calving? She is due the third week of May.
Mar 10, 2020 14:33:11 GMT -5
steven888: Dry her up now, she needs 6 wks of rest.
Apr 1, 2020 2:05:11 GMT -5
highlandteen: five to six weeks is generally suggested
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