Must sell our cows.

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  1. Cray

    Cray Member

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    Hello,

    I'm new to this forum but have been visiting it for some time now. My wife and I bought our little farm about a year ago. We had always wanted a family milk cow so we started looking around. I have always loved Jersey's because of the way they look as well as their disposition.

    We finally found a dairy north of where we live that was reducing the size of their herd. We actually bought two of the cows they had for sale. One is a Jersey and the other is a Jersey/Guernsey cross. They are both great cows. Very gentle. I was informed last week that I'm going to have to start traveling for my work. This will require me to be gone through the week and only be at home on the weekends.

    Since I'm not going to be home to milk I am forced to sell the cows. This is harder than I thought it would be. It's only been about 5 months now but I have really gotten attached to both of them. Letting them go is going to be tough. We have a portable milking machine that makes the job pretty easy but my wife just doesn't think she can handle it by herself. We're getting between 8 and 9 gallons of milk per day. We are bottle feeding two calves that take 4 gallons of the milk per day and what we don't take ourselves goes to the hogs we're raising to butcher.

    I have two questions. 1. Should we have the cows bred back before we try to sell them? 2. Is there anyone in the Oklahoma area that would be interested in two really great cows and maybe a milking machine?

    I hate selling the cows and if there was some way that I could keep them I would, but I have to be able to make the mortgage payment.

    Any advice you can give on how I would go about selling the cows would be appreciated.


    Charlie
     
  2. Ronney

    Ronney Well-Known Member

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    Hi Charlie,

    Since you have two lovely cows by all accounts, why sell them? Both are rearing calves and can continue to do so without any ill affects on the cows - and you will still be able to pinch a bit of nice fresh milk when your home at the weekend :)

    If you are committed to selling them, you would be better to get them back in calf again as there isn't much call for an empty cow. And even if you do decide to keep them, it would still be an idea to get them in calf because even if your not milking them, the calves can make a bit of pin money for you plus you could look at the option of mothering on another calf so that each cow is rearing two.

    I'm sure that if your wife were to give it a go she would find she would manage very well and even get to enjoy it. I milk up to 6 cows twice a day and have done for years, even when I had a young family. It's the nicest part of my day as cows are such peaceful animals to be around - as I'm sure you now know. :)

    I do hope you make the decision to keep them.

    Cheers,
    Ronnie
     

  3. pygmywombat

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    Why not buy a few more beef calves and foster them on the cows? Nursed calves grow really well and beef would be a good thing to sell. You many not always have to travel for work and then your girls could still be at home waiting for you. You could even foster just one cow with calves, maybe your wife would be willing to milk just one so you don't have to give up your milk supply.

    Claire
     
  4. Cray

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    I thought about buying a couple more calves to put with the cows but before I took their own calves off of them and started bottle feeding them they wouldn't let the other cow's calf suck. So I'm not sure if they would accept the new calves.
     
  5. sidepasser

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    When we want a mare to foster an orphan foal, we smear Vicks on the mare's nose and on the foal in spots so that she can't tell it isn't "hers", sometimes we have to tie the mare and hobble her for a day or so (while she nurses the foal only! not continuously all day and night) so she doesn't kick it away and by the second or third day, the mare is usually licking the foal and thinks it's hers.

    Might work with cows too.

    Sidepasser
     
  6. cloverfarm

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    We had cows that were very motherly (especially years ago when we had Guernseys) but others would drop the calf and walk off. It was a very individual thing. Mothering ability seems to be inherited, and a lot of modern dairy cows have not been selected for it. Sort of like poultry ... some strains have a lot of broody hens and in other strains broodiness has been bred out of them.

    Are you sure your wife won't give it a go? Especially since you have a machine ...

    What about breeding your cows back adn drying them off early while you think this through?

    HOpe it all works out ...
    Ann
     
  7. Monty507

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    I am interested in your jersey/guernsey cross cow if you have decided to sell. What is your asking price, and where are you located? I live in western Montana.
    Barbara Jo Belles
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  8. JeffNY

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    This is what I would do, find a farm that is willing to work with you, and feeds their animals well. See if they will milk them untill they dry off, then either have them bred back, or keep them dry as your pets. We have a Jersey, and when I was 12 or so and during a nasty cold winter I hated milking. We sent her to a farm to get milked etc.


    But aside from this, 8-9 gallons a day? Thats damn good. 8.6lbs to a gallon of milk, those guys are milking 60+lbs a day, very nice! Sounds like you have some decent genetics there, nothing super, but still thats good.


    Jeff
     
  9. quailkeeper

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    I also am interested, I sent a PM several days ago and replied to your other post. Please PM me.
     
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    Oh I am only interested in the Jersey.
     
  11. Marlene

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    Exactly where are you located in OK? I live in the panhandle of Texas and might
    know someone interested in a couple of milk cows. I would love to have them
    myself but my husband isn't even crazy about helping with the one milk cow we
    already have. Let me know how much you want to sell them for and where you are and maybe I could find a buyer for you. Thanks, Marlene
     
  12. wench60

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    We are looking for a family cow. Our location is in Colorado and we would travel to pick it up. Sorry to here about your situation. Please let me know your price. Thank you
     
  13. cowboy19742005

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    Do you still have the cows for sale?
     
  14. Cray

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    Sorry I haven't had much time to visit the board lately. I told my work that I will need to sell my cows before I can start traveling and they are not real happy. We are asking $900 each for the cows but will consider other offers. If I sell the cows I will need to sell my portable milking machine as well. I paid $1275 for it in September and will take $950 for it now. I will sell them all together for $2600.

    Thanks for all of your replies.

    Charlie
     
  15. quailkeeper

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    How old are the cows? Where are you located in Oklahoma, east or west? I have PMed with an offer and some more questions.
     
  16. Shazza

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    Your poor piggies will miss the milk....they must be lovely raised on Jersey milk. It's a shame your wife can't milk the cows... :confused: I hope they both get lovely homes...together would be good. :)
     
  17. wench60

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    I am very interested in one of you cows, how old are they, where are you in OK. Are they bred, if so when, if not when did they last calf? You can contact me at OScottswench@aol.com. We have been looking for about a year for a nice Jersey cow for our family.



     
  18. SkyOne

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    Just a hint ... to get our Jersey nurse cows to take on a new calf we milk her and pour the milk on the baby. Using this method we have gotten them to take three week old calves. Younger is always better. We've tried the vicks, vanilla and etc tricks and found this works for us everytime. The cow smell her own smell in the milk. Sometimes it takes two or three times but it works.
     
  19. longshadowfarms

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    This is probably too late for Charlie but...

    Maybe we've always just had good luck but if you tie up the cow a few times and show those calves where to get a meal, they'll make sure they get the job done! We have a Hereford who took on 3 extra calves after our Jersey cow died of cancer. The Jersey had been milking her own and 2 bottle calves (tied her up and taught them where to find the milk) but when she dried up, all 3 of them followed the Hereford bull calf to his milk machine. That old gal didn't stand a chance when all 4 calves came at her for a meal! They were all old enough to wean by then but had no interest in ignoring a free meal.
     
  20. Momof8kiddoes

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    Charlie,
    Im sorry to hear you have to sell your cows. I AM looking also, so if you would email me fries_m@bigfoot.com we can figure out something.
    Mary F.