mixing cows and other animals in one pasture

Discussion in 'Cattle Raising Forum' started by Alice, Dec 18, 2013.

  1. Alice

    Alice New Member

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    I have been looking around the internet some and occasionally hear of mixing animals in a field.

    What is okay to mix on a pasture with cows, and how would you go about doing something like that?

    Would the animals each have different feeding styles and needs?
     
  2. cattle

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    You can always keep donkeys and goats with them. They are great companion animals and in the case of the donkey it will take care of predators like coyotes and snakes.
     

  3. jbcreech

    jbcreech New Member

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    One thing to watch is the mineral you supply. Some cattle minerals can be harmful to other species. Most of the bags have a warning label. There is quite a bit of research on the benefits of mixed species grazing. The Stockman Grass Farmer publication has lots of articles and info on the subject. You can also search NC State University Extension for some good info.
     
  4. paigecattlefarmer

    paigecattlefarmer New Member

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    Sheep go well with cows but first the bulls don't like then they get over it
     
  5. DoubleR

    DoubleR Repro Lover

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    Be careful with sheep and minerals/ grain for cattle and other animals. Most are lethal if consumed by sheep. As stated above check the labels carefully.
    We have lots of critters running together on any given day. As long as it's not predator and prey and they get along most mingle well together. Of course there's always a few who refuse to get along ;) Be sure everyone is healthy and vaccinated. Some diseases are transferable between species.
    Careful with donkeys. We had one we planned on using to protect the herd and this little bugger killed anything he could. Feral cats, chickens, dogs, foals, calves, goats. You name it. Even tried killing a 800 pound heifer. Pinned her in the corner of a field trying to kill her till she rolled the fences down and escaped before we could get to them.
     
  6. Alice

    Alice New Member

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    Will the bulls try to hurt the sheep?
     
  7. DBPMAINEANJOU

    DBPMAINEANJOU New Member

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    I put a young ram in a padock with our stud bull and it kept charging and headbutting the bull knocked itself out twice before I could catch it again to get it out obviously a very stupid sheep my bull didnt appear overly phased at the time I think it would depend on the bull and size of the field .
     
  8. Alice

    Alice New Member

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    That must have been something to see, with a sheep butting that bull. Probably would have been crazy as one of those "funniest" videos.
     
  9. Paigehobbyfarmer

    Paigehobbyfarmer New Member

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    the bulls don't hurt the sheep. My sheep are really fat and we sold most of our bull

    Im Paigecattlefarmer