Our first Jersey/Red Angus cross - Pic - Homesteading Today
Homesteading Today

Go Back   Homesteading Today > Livestock Forums > Cattle

Cattle For Those Who Like To Have A Cow.


Like Tree23Likes
  • 8 Post By springvalley
  • 1 Post By G. Seddon
  • 1 Post By Judy in IN
  • 4 Post By springvalley
  • 1 Post By countryfied2011
  • 1 Post By SueMc
  • 1 Post By DJ in WA
  • 1 Post By Chief Cook
  • 1 Post By nduetime
  • 2 Post By springvalley
  • 2 Post By AverageJo

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1  
Old 01/20/13, 01:38 PM
springvalley's Avatar
Family Jersey Dairy
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Illinois
Posts: 4,769
Our first Jersey/Red Angus cross - Pic

We bred a couple of our older cows to a red angus bull and last Monday night this one was born. His name is Frosty because when I went out to look at him, he was covered in a light frost. He's doing great and growing like a weed. Definitely more like a beef than a milk breed. Here's a picture of him.

Attached Thumbnails
Our first Jersey/Red Angus cross - Pic-034.jpg   Our first Jersey/Red Angus cross - Pic-036.jpg  
__________________

Our Diversified Stock Portfolio: cows and calves, alpacas, horses, pigs, chickens, goats, sheep, cats ... and a couple of dogs...
http://springvalleyfarm.4mg.com

Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01/20/13, 02:40 PM
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: VA
Posts: 1,523

He's a beauty. What's his future? (I hate even thinking about the freezer when he's only a week old.)

springvalley likes this.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01/20/13, 02:58 PM
Judy in IN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 2,533

Whoa! He's a little chunk, isn't he?

springvalley likes this.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01/20/13, 03:25 PM
springvalley's Avatar
Family Jersey Dairy
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Illinois
Posts: 4,769

Well we sell all of our steers for meat, and crossing them with a red angus will make them a bit meatier. I also have thought of keeping one of these calves for a bull and breeding the cows to him. I think a heifer out of this cross should even make a good milk cow also, and they would have a heavier calf for the freezer. > Thanks Marc

__________________

Our Diversified Stock Portfolio: cows and calves, alpacas, horses, pigs, chickens, goats, sheep, cats ... and a couple of dogs...
http://springvalleyfarm.4mg.com

Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01/20/13, 03:46 PM
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Middle TN
Posts: 1,864

What a cutie!

springvalley likes this.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01/20/13, 04:48 PM
SueMc's Avatar  
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Central IL
Posts: 1,446

Looks like momma is capable of feeding him very well!

springvalley likes this.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01/20/13, 05:08 PM
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 2,728
Quote:
Originally Posted by springvalley View Post
Well we sell all of our steers for meat, and crossing them with a red angus will make them a bit meatier. I also have thought of keeping one of these calves for a bull and breeding the cows to him. I think a heifer out of this cross should even make a good milk cow also, and they would have a heavier calf for the freezer. > Thanks Marc
I like your thinking. If I was closer I'd want the cross as a dual purpose cow. Plenty of milk, while making a heck of a beef calf. Fewer health issues than higher producing jerseys. And more heat tolerant and prettier IMO, than black. I'd be marketing them as family cows.

Do you know much about the sire - size, udder quality, etc?
springvalley likes this.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01/20/13, 07:04 PM
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 1,152

Congratulations, that is a wonderful calf.

springvalley likes this.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01/20/13, 09:12 PM
I am a Christian American
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 2,953

Awesome, he is a big boy! I had our Jersey "Clover" AI'd to a black angus this time around strictly for the meat issue. We have already decided it is bound for freezer camp whether a bull or a heifer. Or Burgermeister III / Barbie Q whichever way you want to look at it. We have to name them and love up on them for as long as we have them.

springvalley likes this.
__________________

Trish

Seriously, I am COMPLETELY dressed!

Just keep moving...just keep moving!

Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01/20/13, 10:31 PM
springvalley's Avatar
Family Jersey Dairy
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Illinois
Posts: 4,769

This cow is Lexi, she is my oldest cow at nine years old. She was bound for the butcher, as she was bred and then came in heat every month after that. I had the date set at the butcher and everything, then a few months ago she looked like she was with calf. Sure enough I could bump a calf in her, so we had the vet out and checked them out and sure enough she was bred, to the date, she had her calf on the day she was due. Never seen to many cows come in heat every month, and be bred. Seems like some strange things are happening around here this year. Mostly good things, Thank God > Marc

nduetime and DamnearaFarm like this.
__________________

Our Diversified Stock Portfolio: cows and calves, alpacas, horses, pigs, chickens, goats, sheep, cats ... and a couple of dogs...
http://springvalleyfarm.4mg.com

Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 01/21/13, 06:40 AM
tab tab is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: NY
Posts: 2,143

Congrats on your surprise calf! Have heard of that with horses, too. He looks good.

__________________

tab

Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 01/21/13, 10:12 AM
linn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 3,441

We have a couple nurse cows that are Jersey/Red Angus cross. They milk really well and raise a great beef calf.

__________________
Visit the Christian Homesteader
http://farmwoman.proboards.com/index.cgi
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 01/21/13, 10:35 AM
AverageJo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Northwestern Illinois
Posts: 1,341
Quote:
Originally Posted by DJ in WA View Post
I like your thinking. If I was closer I'd want the cross as a dual purpose cow. Plenty of milk, while making a heck of a beef calf. Fewer health issues than higher producing jerseys. And more heat tolerant and prettier IMO, than black. I'd be marketing them as family cows.

Do you know much about the sire - size, udder quality, etc?
Catherine here... Marc's wife... Noticed he didn't answer your question. Lexi is a registered Jersey and was AI'd to a pedigreed red angus bull. I know we have the records on him somewhere, but we were mainly interested in low birth weight and high rate of gain, conformation, etc. Not sure we paid much attention to the udder quality and definitely not any milk production/quality records on an angus. But if you're still curious, we'll look up his stats for you.

Frosty is georgeous in my humble opinion. He's so much larger and just plain stocky than our full Jersey calves are. I think I really like this cross. As of today, we're still leaning towards keeping him as our bull and continuing to AI his mother to a full blood angus. Hopefully she'll take on the first straw and not confuse us again.
DamnearaFarm and WJMartin like this.
__________________

Enjoy life's simple pleasures.

Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 01/22/13, 12:06 AM
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 2,728
Quote:
Originally Posted by AverageJo View Post
Catherine here... Marc's wife... Noticed he didn't answer your question. Lexi is a registered Jersey and was AI'd to a pedigreed red angus bull. I know we have the records on him somewhere, but we were mainly interested in low birth weight and high rate of gain, conformation, etc. Not sure we paid much attention to the udder quality and definitely not any milk production/quality records on an angus. But if you're still curious, we'll look up his stats for you.

Frosty is georgeous in my humble opinion. He's so much larger and just plain stocky than our full Jersey calves are. I think I really like this cross. As of today, we're still leaning towards keeping him as our bull and continuing to AI his mother to a full blood angus. Hopefully she'll take on the first straw and not confuse us again.
Thanks. I would hope a bull worthy of AI would produce decent udders. Yea, I doubt there are any production records, but that's okay. I once had a plan to breed a jersey to a red lowline angus, but had my daughter visit the farm, and the udders were pretty bad. Just need something fairly decent if one wants to milk them. And of course, teats too big isn't good for calf. Don't know if many beef bulls have udder ratings. I know Pharo Cattle Company does some kind of rating on his bulls. I got semen from Johnny B Good and Colorado High.
http://www.pharocattle.com/Semen-Sou...2/redangus.htm

So my latest itch to make a smaller frame jersey/beef cross female is to cross some quality mini hereford with jersey. I might go look at these a few hours away:
http://www.jcross-miniherefords.com/herdsires.html

On the other hand, I might just need to be satisfied with what I have. Sure would be easier if a jersey farm made these crosses so I don't have to keep a full jersey around. Don't need the milk. I once asked a dairy north of here and they weren't interested, even if I was willing to pay well.
__________________

Last edited by DJ in WA; 01/22/13 at 12:09 AM.
Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Angus Dexter Cross HDRider Cattle 37 09/27/13 03:35 AM
What do you think of these Angus Bulls? RedRider Cattle 25 07/31/12 01:34 PM
Milwaukee Red Cross Told To Prep For Chicago Evacuation Cornhusker General Chat 16 04/28/12 08:13 PM
Anyone ever cross Americana and Dark Cornish? Levonsa Poultry 4 01/11/12 02:30 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:54 PM.