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Jersey Steer
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Rich    Posted 08-19-2002 at 09:15:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have never had a bovine before but have always wanted a Jersey. A friend is raising some Jersey Steers and I am getting one as soon as she is done bottle feeding them.

It has all of it's shots and the required TB tests and all, however, I am wondering if anyone can suggest a good source of info for a first time bovine owner. Cows for Dummies???

I already have horses, and dogs so I am guessing there will be yearly shots, monthly wormings, but I have many unknowns...

do cows get their hooves trimed? Having horses, I am very careful to avoid moldy hay and the like, however, I am told cows can eat moldy hay... is there a limit to how moldy? should there be?

Also, I feed my horses a pelleted complete feed on top of their hay and/or pasture... what kind of grain is best for a cow? what special nutritional needs should I be fulfilling?

I appreciate any responses... even if you are laughing at my ignorance!

Rich in Michigan

MAYBE THIS WILL HELP    Posted 08-19-2002 at 21:47:09       [Reply]  [No Email]

screaminghollow    Posted 08-19-2002 at 19:29:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've been raising Jersey bulls for meat for four years. In fact just took a 18 month bull to the butcher today (774 lbs) I've got a very cheap source of good calves and I've heard (1) that they are very docile (2) that jerseys are the meanest of the bovines. When they get up to 500 lbs, I don't play with them anymore. They are too rough. I've raised a few holstein bulls and a beef cross and my experience is that the latter are gentler than jerseys. The holsteins definitely had more personality and even when big, weren't as much trouble to handle and move as the jerseys. I have two 8 week old steer calves right now and I've been thinking about trying them as oxen. I understand that in New England the 4-h'ers use jersey oxen for the younger kids because they are easier to handle and start when young.

MC    Posted 08-19-2002 at 17:37:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Rich, If you want a Jersey for a pet you should consider the female version!!!---- at least you could reap something from all that feed. Our Blossom (Jersey milk cow) is part of the family. She's a wonderful pet, but at the same time she more than earns her keep!! She is easy to milk, she provides the family with plenty of milk, butter, and cheese. But most of all.....what she teaches our children is worth a million dollars!!!!!!!!!

Spence    Posted 08-19-2002 at 14:26:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
The Family Cow by Dirk van Loon
Golden Way Publishing,Hard Cover.262 pages
Charlotte,Vermont 05445
ISBN 0-88266-066-7

Book focuses on one cow family and stays clear of agri business stats and methods, very basic.

Covers way to test if your hay is ready to store by using salt and a jar.
Correct lengths for milking stanchion for different breeds.
Working the soil
Root crops and hay equivalents.
How to buy, and what not to buy.
Home Dairy
and more...

Also any self-sufficiency books of John Seymour.

Ron/Pa    Posted 08-19-2002 at 10:50:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You will not need to feed your steer the same quality of hay that you feed your horses, however, you should never feed moldy feed or hay to steers. The mycotoxins are a source of problem for bovines and they can find enough problems without you feeding them any.
A pastured steer should not need any trimming, his hooves will not grow the same nor develope the same probems as your horses.
If you intend to retire this steer to the freezer, you may want to know up front that jerseys are not great meat producers, if you intend to keep it around to have a steer on the place you have made a good choice, jerseys are fairly docile and the smaller breed is cheaper to feed.
If you cannot decide what you intend to do with the steer, you may have some help making up your mind the first time it steps on your foot while cleaning its pen. (grin)

Redneck    Posted 08-20-2002 at 02:22:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
We had 3/4 Jersey and 1/4 Holstien.Best all around meat,milk,cheese and disposition of any I've saw.The bulls are mean,the cows are sweet,strangers stay out of their pasture or your maker you will meet!

Promise Land Ranch    Posted 08-19-2002 at 09:36:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
First off what do you plan to do with this steer? Raise it for beef or keep it as a pet?(I can think of cheaper pets to keep) If you are going to raise it for beef I suggest you feed it the same hay you are feeding your horses. Don't feed them moldy hay because it looses alot of its nutrional value plus they won't eat the moldy part so you will have to buy more hay than you would if you just got the better stuff in the first place. Give it about 3-4 pounds of Custom 4 or COB(corn oats and barley)[You can find these mixes at your local feed store]twice a day. If he is still young when you get him home (less than a year) make sure he gets some good Alfalfa hay to fulfill his Calcium and Phosphorus requirements. As for info I suggest you buy a book called Storey's Guide to Beef Cattle, you can find it online or any book store can order it for you. When it comes to cows hooves you shouldn't need to trim them unless he lives on lush green pasture with no dirt, rocks, or gravel for him to walk on. Check with your Vet to see what vaccinations are required for steers in your area. He will only need to be wormed and deliced once or twice a year. You can use a product like Ivermetrin or Permectrin or what ever your vet or feed store recommends.
If you have anymore questions feel free to ask.


darla dipadova    Posted 01-25-2009 at 13:41:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Im trying to find out what to the going price for a jersey steer is, they are 2 years old about 650- 700 lbs. can u help me, i cant seem to find anyone who knows. thank you

Rich    Posted 08-19-2002 at 09:45:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks so much...

Actually, at this time I have no plan to butcher this steer. I want to use him as a pet, a weed eater (to eat some of the stuff the horses won't), and I want to start to teach my horses to cut. All I will do is have them follow the little guy around to get used to them.

It makes good sense that the better the hay, the better the nutrition, and in turn the less I will have to feed.

Thanks for the info. I will be buying the book.


Redneck    Posted 08-20-2002 at 02:25:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
He will be the king of the pasture.Horses will be wary of him,even if he is only a steer.

ger    Posted 08-19-2002 at 10:04:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
hey rich, shelby gave you all the good info you need, a couple of things , its good to have him on your pasture cause he,ll eat weeds an things your horses won,t an the other thing i would not feed any animal moldy hay , but if you have some from time to time thats got a bit of dust an know you can,t give it to the horses the cows can tolerate it better than horses so you don,t end up wasting a lot . they become pets pretty easy especially if you only have a couple look at shelby,s riding partner haha , you,ll find they have personallity all their own like any other animal an the better you treat them the better off all are later ger

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