Jersey calves

Discussion in 'Beef Cattle Discussion' started by VaughtFarms, Oct 16, 2014.

  1. VaughtFarms

    VaughtFarms New Member

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    Possibly getting some Jersey bull calves, what do you all think? I'm kinda just getting started out.
     
  2. DoubleR

    DoubleR Repro Lover

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    Personally I would not start with Jerseys. They are not hardy at all. Especially for a beginner.
    Where are you thinking about getting them from?
     

  3. VaughtFarms

    VaughtFarms New Member

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    Well I'm not really a beginner. I've been around cattle my whole life. I work at a few livestock market but these are coming off a farm in Northern Kentucky.
     
  4. VaughtFarms

    VaughtFarms New Member

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    I'm just now getting started on having my own calves.
     
  5. rene

    rene New Member

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    I like Jersy cattle. I raise bottle calves year around. Profit is alil less but they are very enjoyable. Go jersy!
     
  6. Gerard-Dawn

    Gerard-Dawn New Member

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    There's not much of a problem in raising Jersey Calves as long as you know how to manage them, as you say you grow up around livestock so it wouldn't be that much of a problem.
     
  7. Patrickdaley

    Patrickdaley New Member

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    Hi personaly i would definitely not use jersey cattle for beef. They are not hardy and do not fatten. They are naturally a very skinny breed of cattle and u will make very little on them. Maybe they are a nice pet but if u want to make money i would not recommend them. Maybe try some thing like charlaois,limousine,angus, herford,simmental crossbreds they are all very common beef cattle where i come from (ireland) we have a lot of anguses and some charloas suckler cows although charlaois do not have alot of milk u will still make good money on them. I am a very big fan of simmentals, i think they make a great suckler cow. They are easy calving (in my experience) good for beef and have plenty of milk. I would not recommend jerseys. Most breeds that are used for dairy are not good beef cattle (there are a few exceptions)
     
  8. rene

    rene New Member

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    This all depends on wat is valuable in ur area. Jersy in my area are very desired. They kinda pricey.
     
  9. Markwright

    Markwright Junior Member

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    The highest marbling propensity breed in the usa is Jersey. Red angus is 2nd. Black angus is 3rd.


    1 of thee best cows for big range Tough Western Country is 1/4 Jersey x 3/4 Angus.

    Granted it's tough to outrun the Wagyu cross and Corriente/criolla cross, or Salorn cows too.
     
  10. rene

    rene New Member

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    I thought beef cows had more marbling. Oh man now im confused.
     
  11. gumcreek

    gumcreek New Member

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    Dairy calves are okay to start with because your initial investment will be smaller. Beef bottle calves are high right now. Keep plenty of nuflor or draxxin around. You need a relationship with a vet to get the good stuff. Good luck