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Milking shorthorn cows were very popular when farmers milked cows. That was when a 40 cow herd of milkers was a huge opperation. In the 50s dairy herds either got bigger or disapered. So did the grain farmers. They raise calves that are true beef cattle. Their appearance is just the same as the beef type shorthorn cattle that are seen yet today. They can be any combination of red or white. The red roans were very common and eye pleasing. They gave plenty of milk for a family cow situation, but couldn't compete with the holstiens which most large dairys use today.
 

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I would go the the Oklahoma State University Animal Science site and look at the cattle breeds section. They usually have a link to the breed society, I think the Milking Shorthorn Society is out of Wisconsin, I once called for a breeder directory, you might have to hunt a long time for a cow of this breed or be willing to travel a long way to get her.
 

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Gary McCool at Rosecrest Farms in Chehalis WA (not Oregon as the website states) milks a herd of 150 Milking Shorthorns. His phone number is 360-740-8988.

At the moment I think he has 4 for sale:

$1100 - reg - use to be a 4-Her's - due to calve
$1000 - grade - fresh one month - bad udder
$1300 - reg - will calve Sept/Oct - low production
$1000 - reg - fresh 4 months, not bred - 55-65 lbs milk.

Another option is to go to a local fair and find the Milking Shorthorns. Find the breeders and talk to them, or ask the kids where they got their's from.
 

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Hi, I'm new to homesteading today board: but may be able to help you find a milking shorthorn. Our family raises Dual Purpose Milking Shorthorn cattle. :yeeha:

Several of our heifers are now family farm cows across the nation.
Providing fresh milk, raising a great quality calf both beef & milk. As well as fun and enjoyment for the farm family like 4-H and FFA programs.
Our motto: More MILK + More MEAT = the WEIGH to GROW.

visit our web site: http://www.nilevalleyfarm.4t.com

The American Milking Shorthorn Society web site: http://www.milkingshorthorn.com
roanbullman of MO
 
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