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KatG    Posted 11-14-2004 at 16:18:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Need some advice...one of my little heifers...the bottle baby that is over two months old now ...still looks so skinny...I have been cutting down on the amount of milk replacer I give her twice aday...plan to wean her hopefully...She loves calf manna but it seems that more than abit tears her tummy up...she eats sweet feed real good and alot of it..She also has hay...but doesn't seem to be gaining alot of weight..she is getting taller and has the Jersey bony build but I am worried that she needs something I am not feeding her...What besides calf manna might fatten her up??? Thanks..KAtG


Donna from Mo    Posted 11-15-2004 at 03:46:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh Kat, here's something of interest: For years breeders tried to breed for bigger Jerseys, and I suppose they still do. But there's now a market for tiny Jersey cows... they're calling them "mini-Jerseys" and selling them for a small fortune. So if your calf ends up as a small cow, just figure you've got a gold mine there. I've had a couple of mature Jerseys that didn't weigh over 800 pounds. Personally, I like them small.


KatG    Posted 11-15-2004 at 12:25:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Wow Donna this is something!!!!
I am going to look into this more...I think I might like to raise mini-Jerseys...reckon what size they are labeled Mini??? I imagine our milk cow may weigh 800 pounds but doubtful...The calves sire is Windy Willow Montana Jace...Every calf I have has the same sire but different MAmmas...Guess we will have the same sperm from Montana Jace for the A.I. also...should be next month...Thanks for the info...Can't wait to tell MAtt...KAtG


Sid    Posted 11-14-2004 at 18:47:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
As Donna mentioned dairy animals are not inclined to get fat. You said she is getting taller that means she is growing.
Take it easy on the calf manna,as the product I am thinking of is an additive for feed and a little goes a long way. You say she is eating sweet feed and hay. If she has acces to plenty of water she has every thing she needs. Seems you're giving her everything she needs. You seem a lot like me in that I get a little antsy for them to grow up quick.


KatG    Posted 11-15-2004 at 12:28:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sid...I worry about the calfs like they were my kids.....lol..Guess they are...we never had children so my animals are our offsprings..lol..
Yeap she has everything you mentioned...won't it be somethingif she is going to be a mini-Jersey..I never had heard of them but sure sounds interesting...Jerseys are getting in popular demand and hard to find..I got two heifers...one steer...and our milk cow..Pretty little family...Take care...KAtG


Donna from Mo    Posted 11-14-2004 at 18:26:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Jerseys aren't supposed to be fat. A good dairy animal has a bony build.


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