Pictures of my little herd

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  1. pygmywombat

    pygmywombat Well-Known Member

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    This is Isabelle (Goliath's Cindy of Al Mon Farm). She's a 7, almost 8 year old Guernsey.

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    This is Shiloh (Holstein steer) and Shobi, Isabelle's newest calf, a purebred Guernsey heifer. This was taken last month. They are both a lot bigger. Shobi is nearly 400 lbs and Shiloh is closing in on 300.

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  2. OD

    OD Well-Known Member

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    Isabelle is certainly a beautiful cow!!!
    Is she raising both calves?
     

  3. Celtic Herritag

    Celtic Herritag Celtic Heritage Farms

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    Looks like one of her quarters is damged did she get mastitis?
     
  4. Goat Freak

    Goat Freak Slave To Many Animals

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    AWWW, they are SOOO cute!
     
  5. pygmywombat

    pygmywombat Well-Known Member

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    No, its not damaged, its just very empty from a hungry calf. She is nursing both calves- I seperate them at night and milk once a day in the mornings. Those two can keep her udder so empty and floppy its unbelievable.
     
  6. Goat Freak

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    How old are Shilo and Shobie? Just wanted to know because Shobi looks a LOT older than Shilo, or is it a type of breed thing?
     
  7. Celtic Herritag

    Celtic Herritag Celtic Heritage Farms

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    Ha, do they have favorite teats? I know whenever I loose a twin lamb the remaining twin will only nurse on his/her teat, and the one the other twin would nurse on has to be milked out. Quite a pain but kind of funny.
     
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    Those are beautiful animals. I like the little triange shaped hats - PBR bull star Dueces Wild has!

    Lynda
     
  9. pygmywombat

    pygmywombat Well-Known Member

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    Shobi was born 7/11/05 and Shiloh was born 8/25/05.

    No favorite teats- when they nurse they rotate from teat to teat. I have not had a calf yet who will only drink from one- which is good because that would make OAD milking really hard!
     
  10. Goat Freak

    Goat Freak Slave To Many Animals

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    Thank you for answering my question, I kinda figured that she was older due to her size. Well once again thanks, bye.
     
  11. crowinghen

    crowinghen Well-Known Member

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    What pretty, healthy cattle-- She looks great for her age, and certainly doing her job! well done!


    Thanks for the picture

    Susie :goodjob:
     
  12. willow_girl

    willow_girl Very Dairy

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    I had always thought Guernseys were smaller than Holsteins -- apparent not, eh?!

    You have a lovely cow there, Pygmy, and the calves look absolutely wonderful!

    Funny I was just posting on another thread about how calves turn out so much better when they're raised on an actual cow :D ... the proof's in the puddin'!
     
  13. pygmywombat

    pygmywombat Well-Known Member

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    Well, the calves are over a month apart. Shobi has about a 100 pound lead over Shiloh and is holding it. But I think in a few months Shiloh is going to start packing on the pounds and dwarf her. He better- he's destined for the freezer next August or September :D.
     
  14. JeffNY

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    Finish the little guy off with corn meal, approx 45 days before. I did this (not on purpose) with a steer. The place that butchered him said it was very good looking meat. Good fat layer. Corn meal is inexpensive feed, and will pack it on. I was feeding about 5lbs or so, he didn't get fat. But he did gain muscle. Was 900 or so, 950 before he came over (august). I taped him about 1150 (late sept), he had a hanging weight of 600 or so (october).

    edit: I added the the daily weight gain. Lets call him 1000 in August (dont want to inflate numbers). That is a gain of 2.5-3lbs a day. Not bad for a steer with Jersey in him (3rd generation). Also what he was fed was some hay, but a lot of grass silage. Grass silage is the key, it has protein, corn meal has energy :D.


    Jeff
     
  15. pygmywombat

    pygmywombat Well-Known Member

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    Last steer we had Jeff- born mid July 2002, butcherd first week of August 2003. Weighed 1100 lbs live, nothing but grass, hay, and nursing. And he was a purebred Guernsey. Almost 400 lbs of meat in the freezer. Not much marbling, more like venison- which is what we are going for. Yummy. I think with the Holstein genetics this guy is going to be a big one.