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How Do I Find A Cow?
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KellyGa    Posted 12-09-2004 at 11:23:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Okay, I know Donna had or has Jerseys. If anybody out there can tell me how I can get a good milk cow, preferable a Jersey, I am all ears.

I went on the internet, looked and looked. Some say try the dairies, that often they have "used" cows that don't produce as much milk as they did, but its plenty for a family milk cow. I can't seem to come up with anything in Georgia for sale.

I have seen sites of champion cows, I have seen auction sites, I have seen breeder sites, but I am not getting any prices and for sales.

How much would one cost, that was nice and healthy anyway?

I guess I may have to wait until the fair in October again and see if some of those particular cows are for sale, I know they are out there, I have seen them! LOL!


Manitoba    Posted 12-09-2004 at 13:57:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ahhh but for a line drawn in the sand that they call a border I am unable to offer one of my cows to you. Right now we are getting 3 cents per pound for our cows.
Sigh...but then again patience is a farmers virtue.


Fern(Mi)    Posted 12-09-2004 at 16:20:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Get a white one. They're easier to find should she get out at night. (grin)
Fernan


jfky    Posted 12-09-2004 at 15:11:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
I heard a rumor that the border will open back up come spring (bush promised the canadian prime minister in his visit)-good for you bad for me


Donna from Mo    Posted 12-09-2004 at 13:00:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here's where I found the little cow I wanted a while back, although I didn't get her. She's in the wrong stage of lactation for me, at this time. If you can find a grade Jersey, it should be cheaper.

Get ready to be really tied down at home, once you get a milk cow.


James(Ga)    Posted 12-09-2004 at 11:56:27       [Reply]  [No Email]

Kelly, The Jersey is a good family milk cow,their milk is sweet and have alot of cream and a good milk cow of any kind is inspencive. Do you want to raise one fron a calf or do you want one already milking? A young man that coon hunts with my son works for his grandfather that owns one of the biggest draies in troup county. If you like i can talk to him about a calf or a cow but it will be a holdstein(soelling) or mixed. Reply here or give me a hollow. James PS you can go online and pull up the Farmers and Consumers market bulletin, www.agr.state.ga.us/mbindex.html Look under livestock i saw one 20 mo. old jersey for sale in McDonough mno price,May have overlooked some


Salmoneye    Posted 12-09-2004 at 11:55:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Either contact a dairy farm and ask them to sell you heifer or ask them when and where the next dairy auction is...

You are going to have to breed the heifer to get milk, then you will have two animals or you will have to sell the calf...

You will have to plan for continued breeding, and 'drying off' periods to continue getting milk...

If you were here I could have had you an animal in your yard already...

LOL


PS.....    Posted 12-09-2004 at 11:57:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
A Spring Heifer can go $1500 easy...

Salmoneye,


Texas    Posted 12-09-2004 at 12:05:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Im in the wrong cattle business...$1500 for a springin heifer? I never realized milkers ran so high.


TimV    Posted 12-09-2004 at 12:41:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Texas: They don't usually. However, with the border closed due to Mad Cow, they have went for that and more lately, plus the quality that you normally get has went down hill, as every two-bit farm who would normally have to settle for fire-sale prices has half a dozen buyers banging their door down.


Hmmm...    Posted 12-09-2004 at 13:02:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
$1500 is conservative for a registered Holstein around here...

"HIGH COST OF REPLACEMENT COWS

Not only are farmers facing low milk production and fewer milk cows, but also the cost of replacement cows is astronomical. The most recent Dairy Profit Weekly for May 10, 2004 shows replacement cow prices hitting a 21-month high. Prices averaged $1,580 per head nationwide in April, up $190 per head from January 2004 and $280 per head above April 2003. Pennsylvania is reporting average cow prices at $1,500"

http://www.pfb.com/issues/PMMBTestimony5-20-04_.htm

Salmoneye,



Texas    Posted 12-09-2004 at 11:26:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here ya go...most registered breeds have a Breeders Association which can provide you with names of certified sellers etc.

www.usjersey.com


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