Post by homesteadermom on Oct 16, 2020 20:10:27 GMT -5
Sort of in a back and forth dilemma here. Was originally going to get a Jersey heifer as first family milk cow but that went south when the breeder told me she got bit by a venomous snake in the udder while breeding her for us. Long story short, we got a refund and are looking for another cow. There is a nearby jersey farm/breeder who has a 10 month Jersey heifer; but there is also a nearby farm with a Nubian doe in milk that is very gentle and already stauchion trained. She is only making about 1/2 gallon milk every other day because that’s about how often the current owners milk her. They are selling her along with her twins and mother because their older kids, who were in charge of the goats, are grown up and moved out, and they don’t have much time or use for a lot of milking.
I heard jersey milk is really good and has a lot of cream, which is awesome for butter, ice cream, and cheese. But the goat offer also sounds too good to pass up. Already in milk, trained, and easier to transport to our farm and our neighbors to breed. We also have neighbors with red and black angus bulls to breed the jersey to as well. Help, lol, I can’t make a decision. Would it be logical to get both if the jersey calf isn’t too pricey? Could use the extra milk for other livestock like pigs or poultry. Was originally looking at the goat because I was toying with the idea of raising an unweaned dairy calf on goat milk if I could get her production back up again
If you didn't have these specific animals in mind, would you be shopping for a Jersey or a goat? Maybe what you really want is a cow already in milk? That's what I would generally recommend for a beginner anyway
Post by homesteadermom on Oct 16, 2020 20:24:48 GMT -5
I really wanted to find a cow in milk but was warned early on to be careful because most of the time (not always) there is something unusual or problematic for them to be sold. And that has been true for the most part from the nearby cows in milk already. Most of the time, it’s mastitis that has resulted in a dry quarter or the cow is older and near the end of her breeding and milking days.
Actually 3 quarter cows do fine as family milk cows. I think you should start with a cow already in milk. Someone needs to know what is going on- either you or the cow. Since you are new you should get a cow that us not new to milking. Training a heifer to milk can be a challenge. Harder then you might think. If you get a bred in milk cow you can learn on her. Raise a heifer from her to be your dream heifer and perfect cow. By then you will be experienced.
Post by serendipity on Oct 23, 2020 17:24:52 GMT -5
If you do decide to try the Nubian, try her milk first. You want to make sure you like the taste. Good clean, fresh goat milk tastes the same or better than cow milk. But some goats can have an off flavor and you want to know you like the milk before you bring her home. Goat milk from the grocery store is aged and tastes pretty nasty compared to fresh so if you've never had goat milk, don't judge based on that. :-P
We started with a milk cow and added Nigerian Dwarf goats. I no longer milk the cows LOL. Love the goat milk, love how easy the goats are to handle, hoof trim, breed, etc. Love not having to deal with cow pies splattering in the stanchion. Only thing I miss about cow milk is how easily the cream separates. Well, that and sitting next to that huge warm fuzzy body on a cold winter evening. I still have cows, and I love them dearly, I've just switched to beef.
ETA Goats can have some pretty serious diseases just like cows. I would recommend having any potential goat tested for CAE, CL and Johnes before purchase.
Milking, Breeding & Showing 30+ Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats Aberdeen and grade beef cattle Way too many Muscovy ducks, chickens, geese, & guinea fowl 1 naughty English Shepherd and a sweet barn cat www.cabochonfarm.com
claytonpaul: A bull was put on her herd Late Last May so she was expected to be due between May1 and August. They quoted me August so I wouldn't be disappointing by a late arrival.
May 23, 2019 13:07:11 GMT -5
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Aug 31, 2019 17:57:22 GMT -5
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.
Feb 8, 2020 20:46:23 GMT -5
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
May 7, 2020 14:39:23 GMT -5
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Sept 15, 2020 14:31:42 GMT -5
guernseygirl: Can someone let me know if my pictures are showing up in the Auction Barn post? There should be 5 photos
Sept 20, 2020 20:58:54 GMT -5
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