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Jersey cow in Iowa
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Donna from Mo    Posted 02-22-2005 at 04:39:21       [Reply]  [No Email]

Next fall, I could end up with something that looks like that.

A while back I found a small Jersey cow in Iowa that could be bought, but decided I couldn't handle milking a cow twice a day along with working from 6 AM to 2 PM. Now that I've gone to part-time at work (2 or 3 days a week) I think I might be able to handle it. So I called the dairyman with the cow. She is now bred, due in September. And he'd still sell her for $1,200. If I can somehow come up with the money, that cow will be mine.


Farmall    Posted 02-22-2005 at 17:49:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Wall, I like Jerseys too, but itall be a cold day in Aug in Creek Co Okla for I spend 1200 for one. I dont think id like a jersey any smaller than normal. I had to hunker down far enough as it was to milk the 2 we had. I like goat milk a bit better, and that is what im getting into, goats, sos I guess i can wait on a Jersey. Id want one with horns, anyway


Donna from Mo    Posted 02-22-2005 at 17:53:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cliff has informed me there'll be no more goats here. I love them, but he finds them to be a pain in the tush. And since he puts up with horses and dogs he didn't choose, I'll comply.


KatG    Posted 02-22-2005 at 17:19:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You are talking to another that loves her Jerseys!!!!..Two heifers...one milk cow and one steer///Sugar..Star...Ms. Ellie and Amos...Jersey are so smart amd so loving...when they wahnt to be...I mad some pictures of mine...how so I attach them to my post???..I have a digital camera and a memory stick reader...///Would love to show The Jersey family off...We paid 1400.00 for Ellie...she was pregnant and had alittle oprhan calf she had ook up with...She was barly givng 2 gals. day...We are getting 5 gal. now...KatG


Donna    Posted 02-22-2005 at 17:54:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
You know, people will pay $500 and more for a good, blooded dog; I don't see $1,200 as too much for a beautiful animal that provides milk, cream and butter, plus a calf each year.


Redneck    Posted 02-22-2005 at 14:47:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's what I was raised on. Best tasting milk, butter, and meat that I ever tasted.


SusanMo    Posted 02-22-2005 at 10:51:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
nuttin better than that cow cream on fresh blackberry cobbler and a hunk of butter on some homemade biscuits lol. gerseys was all we had growing up for milk cows. mom was the only one who could milk her lol she wouldnt let the boys or dad near her lolol. if we had a little more land i would love to have one of the miniture gerseys good luck with her Donna!


mike    Posted 02-22-2005 at 10:27:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Donna if this is what ya want, just bring the cow home and put her on coarse 1st cutting hay(read "poor quality") and restrict her water intake. NO grain.milk her out in a couple days and dry treat her.I'd milk her out again in another 5-7 days and dry treat her again. now you will have a cow not needing to be milked till the baby arrives.its much easier to make em not milk than it is to git em to milk. we used to put around 550 cows through the parlor and averaged over 95# per cow per day. now they are up over 700 cows and the parlor is running close to 20 hrs a day. I don't miss it.


SY    Posted 02-22-2005 at 08:14:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
My folks always had Guernsey Jersey cross cows.

They are heavy on the cream they give.


Red Dave    Posted 02-22-2005 at 07:15:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Donna, is that the full grown size? It looks more like a calf in the picture. How big do they get?

That thing looks like an awful lot like deer.
If I put something that color in a pasture around here in the fall, it would get shot at.


Donna    Posted 02-22-2005 at 07:25:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's just a picture off the Jersey website. And it's a calf. But the cow I'm after will have a calf in September, that's what I was getting at.


Red Dave    Posted 02-22-2005 at 08:17:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I thought it looked sorta small. Sounds like it would be fun, but then I remember back to being tied down to dairy cows, day and night, milking twice a day no matter what. I'll gladly let you have my share of that fun :)

I'd still put it in the barn during deer season.


Randy    Posted 02-22-2005 at 04:45:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
They are cuties. Hope one day when we get out of CT we can have some animals running around.
I see they breed them now to be half or 3/4 size. Have you seen them?


Donna    Posted 02-22-2005 at 04:52:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
The mini-Jerseys are actually the size all Jerseys were before people tried to make them like Holsteins. The one I am hoping to get could be classed as a "mini". I like them small. If I wanted a Holstein, I'd get one.


what a cutie!    Posted 02-22-2005 at 04:44:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Donna:

You probably already know, but there are some options besides milking twice daily. Some folks leave the calf on the mom for part of the day--good for the calf and the Mom--and then milk her after some hours of separation. So one option is to separate the mom and calf at bedtime, and milk Mom first thing in the morning before work and then put them together on pasture. Other option is to keep them separate during the day, milk after work and then put them together at night. Either way, it keeps Mom milked out and the calf (who'll need some supplements) together with mom some...and allows you to work while getting the benefits of your own cow.

We've wanted a Jersey for years, and your pic reminds me why. Good luck!!
Bkeepr/Tom A


Donna    Posted 02-22-2005 at 04:54:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh yes, I'm considering my options. The worst part will be this summer, since the cow is milking and I won't have her calf here to help out. I may go to once-a-day milking soon. She isn't a real heavy milker, which I'm sure is why the fellow is willing to sell her.


Les    Posted 02-22-2005 at 04:45:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dad often would let a calf run with his mother enduring the day and tie them both up overnight and milk in the morning.


Donna    Posted 02-22-2005 at 04:56:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
The drawback to that is that the cow won't let her milk down very well unless you turn the calf with her first; and it's hard to milk one side with a half-grown calf on the other side. I'm not so worried about a lot of milk anyhow. I just happen to love Jerseys!


Les    Posted 02-22-2005 at 05:04:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you have a Jersey, that means you gotta make some buttah.


Donna    Posted 02-22-2005 at 05:07:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
You bet I will! We had a 91-year-old neighbor lady pass away last week who, several years ago, gave me her butter mold. I can't wait to use it.

And you can bet I will be using real cream in my mashed potatoes, too.


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