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Our Jersey Cows

Jersey's are a great family cow.  They are mild mannered and easy on the eyes.  They are well suited to take care of them selves and wont hesitate to kick out at a predator.  They are a horned cow, although ours are all dehorned at birth.  For every bit of gentleness the cows have, the bulls are just as aggressive.  We do not keep them here on the farm. 

They have traditional coloring's ranging from tan to almost black.  They can have some white spotting on them, but not too much. The most common color is fawn.  They are also one of the smaller diary cows.  They range from 800-1200 lbs.  They do need housing indoors in the winter as their short coats and lighter bodies arent suited to the snow or cold. 

They do really well on pasture in the summers.  They are subject to milk fever* but this can be treated if you know what you are looking for and is very rare on their first calving.  The milk is noted for its high butterfat averaging 4.8% and protein of 3.85%.  There have been recent studies showing that the higher butterfat of about 6% can be attained by higher protein. 

These curious little cows make a good pet for any first time cow owner.  Cows do well being a mower anywhere you put them.  Be careful though.  They will try to eat anything including metal.  Tethering is a good way of keeping them where you want them.  Just remember, tie them 10 feet farther away then from the point you dont want them to pass.  They have long tongues and given a foot will take five.   The biggest complaint most people have with these wonderful animals is the lack of body weight.  They always look thin and bony.  They can be difficult to keep weight on them during their peek milking cycle.  

 

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This is Jillian.  She is our 8 yr old Jersey cow.  They are even good with nosy three yr olds.  She loves being in the pasture but really hates coming back in to be milked.  She has given mostly male calves.  We are hoping for a heifer from her next breeding.  She will be bred back this summer.  She is prone to milk fever, so we always have calcium injection on hand.  We are going to try something new with her this year, we will supplement her calcium beyond that of normal range to help prevent this.  *Update*  June 2012 it was found that Jillian has ovarian cysts.  Even with medication from the vet, she has been unable to conceive yet.  April 2013, Jillian gave birth to a premature heifer calf.  She was still born.  We will try again next year. 

 

 Whipcream is seen here learning to tie.  It is good to do this from the time they are very young.  She was just weaned in this picture.  She has always been a very affectionate heifer.  She LOVES to be petted and will follow you more like a puppy then a cow.  She will be bred later this fall if she grows enough.  Otherwise it will be next spring.  Cant wait to see what she will give us.

 

*Update*  Whipcream is now 3 and has her first calf, a 65 lb bull calf.  She had been bred to a highland bull.  She delivered July 2012.  You can see pictures on our blog.  Whippy gave us another bull calf July 2013.

 

 

 

We have purebred registered Jersey Cows.  They are hand milked and will stand for a milking machine.  We occasionally have Jersey's for sale.  We will bred live coverage to highland bulls and every other year will AI for pure Jersey calves. 

 

 

 

*Milk fever is the result of a cow putting all the calcium from her body into her milk.  This is a common occurrence which occurs quickly after calving as the milk drops and an injection of calcium can correct this issue.  Consult a vet for proper dosage, injection sight, and method.  It varies depending on the animal and the severity of the illness.