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Old 04/27/05, 08:48 AM
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meat cow/milk cow...

Ive been doing a lot of reading about cows lately, in prep for our move to the country. We are going saturday morning to see the inside of a 100 yr old farmhouse with 62 acres of land. We are already in love with the land..and the house looks great from the outside...

The land has a place for our chickens already a building that will work well for a hen house...and the livestock gate and a cattle chute...and this building heremeat cow/milk cow... - Cattle

What would we need to do to that building to make it suitable for a milk cow to live in? walls? Hmmmm?

Anyway, back to my original question....

One of the articles I read said that Jersey bulls make excellent beef because of the higher fat content of the milk diet they are on....??? Has anyone here ever had meat from a Jersey? or Holstein?

Jersey is my first preference for a milk cow, but on the off chance that we end up with a bull calf when we breed her...would we just automatically sell it off? or raise it for beef?

For some reason, I hve it in my head that cows, like chickens, more often have bulls/roosters than heifers/hens....is that true?

Anyhow...Im just reading all I can..I will have tons more questions, and plan to get that book on the family milk cow too.
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Old 04/27/05, 01:48 PM
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What would we need to do to that building to make it suitable for a milk cow to live in? walls? Hmmmm?
A cow would probably like it as is. Someone milking the cow might want walls in the winter.

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One of the articles I read said that Jersey bulls make excellent beef because of the higher fat content of the milk diet they are on....??? Has anyone here ever had meat from a Jersey? or Holstein?
Jersey beef can be great if properly finished. IMO the biggest mistake made with Jerseys for beef is harvesting before it's mature.


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Jersey is my first preference for a milk cow, but on the off chance that we end up with a bull calf when we breed her...would we just automatically sell it off? or raise it for beef?
If you're planning on a beef animal, why not keep one you already have?

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For some reason, I hve it in my head that cows, like chickens, more often have bulls/roosters than heifers/hens....is that true?
They can have, but in my experience it averages out to about 50/50.
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Old 04/27/05, 05:21 PM
 
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I agree with Horace on his answers. One other thing you might consider is breeding the Jersey cow to a beef bull such as an angus or hereford. Your meat to bone ratio would be a little better and the calf would finish out a little sooner than a purebred Jersey.

I usually raise a bottle holstein every year and the beef is great. You do have to let them grow some frame before they really start putting on the beef.
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