Cows?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by BeaghCochin, Oct 19, 2019.

  1. BeaghCochin

    BeaghCochin Chirping

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    I keep some Irish moiled cattle , alongside my other livestock and was wondering does anyone else have any cows if so what sort?
     

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  2. Ducksandchickens

    Ducksandchickens Free Ranging

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  3. cluckmecoop7

    cluckmecoop7 Crowing

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    Hi there, I don't have any cattle yet, but hope to have a few someday. Do you keep yours for milk or meat? I herd that that breed is mostly for meat.
     
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  4. ValerieJ

    ValerieJ Crossing the Road

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    I wish. DH says I can't have a 2000 lb pet. :rolleyes:
     
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  5. CJLR

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    Someday I would like to get a highland for milk
     
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  6. BeaghCochin

    BeaghCochin Chirping

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    there actually a dual purpose breed , so both milk and meat :)
     
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  7. BeaghCochin

    BeaghCochin Chirping

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    If it helps theses are medium sized so they only get to round 1000lbs
     
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  8. BeaghCochin

    BeaghCochin Chirping

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    we have one highland , there more meat than milk
     
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  9. Muscovy Wunda

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    Beautiful! They look similar to shorthorns. I had stud Limousin cattle for 10 years but had to sell the last of them off a couple months ago due to our wonderful drought :rant. I miss them
     
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  10. My husband's family kept a herd of about 100 Polled Herefords for 5 generations before selling them off in 2009. My side of the family has likewise kept a herd for 5 generations, though ours was mixed breeds, lots of baldies. Both families were cow/calf operations.

    Over the years, I have had several "pet" bottle calves that stuck around for years, and some that were raised just for the freezer. We have also had show steers for our kids... and I currently have a "retired" dairy cow - likely a Jersey/Holstein mix, that was an auction save. Her "job" now is at the educational petting zoo at the therapeutic riding program that I manage. Attached is my 19-yr old daughter sitting on her a few weeks ago!

    IMO, some cattle DO make good pets. Heifers/cows can be difficult to handle when they are in heat, which is every. single. month. Steers are chill all the time... Cattle do eat A LOT - more hay by far than my horses, but less "grain". Grain isn't truly necessary, but it helps keep them used to being handled and it is a fantastic daily (or twice daily) indicator of health, especially for owners who may not know the subtle signs of an ill bovine. If the cow doesn't want to come eat it's twice daily "treat", or doesn't eat, you need to investigate why....
     

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