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  • #512087
    GirlFriday
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    I have just been looking on Farmstock this morning so thank you for that recommendation.

    Lol @ the CLOSE relationship…that includes being whacked in the face with her tail when milking 😉

    Will keep an eye out….

    #512088
    Muddyfeet
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    http://www.farmstock.com.au/Classifieds/sale/226301.html

    Try this one GirlFriday…up your way I think. High SCC isn’t so much of an issue if the milk still tastes good (but dairy’s are penalised for high SCC), but I’d ask a few questions to the owner about current bouts of mastitis if any.

    I can’t remember seeing a price on the ad.

    Bye

    Muddyfeet (having trouble logging in)

    #512089
    GirlFriday
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    LOL Great minds think alike MuddyFeet because I emailed about this cow this morning and have had an email back and so far things sound good. I have sent of another email asking yet more questions 😉

    #512090
    TalkingTrees
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    Great thread – this is exactly the info we have been looking for

    Just curious.. Would a Jersey cow (or dexter) mind being solo, or do they need other bovine company? Is this impacted by the age at which you aquire them?

    #512091
    GirlFriday
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    Thanks for all the info everyone-we have put a deposit on the little cow ‘Gracey’ that Muddyfeet posted the link to. She will be a little spoilt 😉

    #512092
    gypsyoak
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    TalkingTrees post=328242 wrote: Great thread – this is exactly the info we have been looking for

    Just curious.. Would a Jersey cow (or dexter) mind being solo, or do they need other bovine company? Is this impacted by the age at which you aquire them?

    They definitely need company. As to whether it has to be a bovine companion I am unsure. I think its ideal if they do have one. I didn’t think that through when I bought our calf so she grew up with a sheep – they used to play together and sleep together, but now she is best buddies with our mini pony. I was thinking about getting her a dexter companion but then I thought I would see how she goes once she has a calf. but ideally i think they should have a bovine friend. If they grow up with other cows, then I think that it would be even more important to have a cow friend.

    #512093
    gypsyoak
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    GirlFriday post=328440 wrote: Thanks for all the info everyone-we have put a deposit on the little cow ‘Gracey’ that Muddyfeet posted the link to. She will be a little spoilt 😉

    Whoohoooo!!! *sitting, awaiting pics eagerly* :woohoo:

    #512094
    GirlFriday
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    I have photos already but I dont know how to post them on here

    #512095
    PeterD
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    I ended up with 3 Dexters and a bull calf who is now a steer. One thing about that web site to be aware is they force personal email accounts and the place is full of scammers that will send you emails so you have to weed through the chaff yourself.

    I got lucky and my local butcher runs his own milk and beef dexters for his shop and another butcher friend put me on to him. The problem I found with studs and Dexters is there was a big push locally at ag shows pushing the Dexter. My stud told me to get my fences in shape during winter and come back next spring. I did and they were all sold out from a “rush” on Dexters locally and one young heifer more than doubled in price to a cow that had one calf and proven herself.

    All the studs were out but my butcher came through and I got all four for 200 less than the new super price for a year old heifer. One with calf, one pregnant and the other to be serviced. The idea is to stagger all three pregnancies for year-round milk supply.

    I do have to put the hard yards in to get them used to being around people and being touched which is slow but a $10 bag of 20 kilos of carrot 2nds/juicing carrots is a secret weapon. Others find their cows go crazy for apples but any feed bucket and socialisation gets you on your way.

    Do be aware that although you won’t need a lot that chemical companies are starting to push only the large containers of drenches so you could be facing a large one off expense their unless you can find any small bottles or a group to split the large container amongst.

    #512096
    GirlFriday
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    Well, we ended up with the little jersey in the link that was posted and she is lovely. So were the people selling her.

    She hasnt bagged up yet for her calf but we are practising bucket feeds and giving her a brush each day and touching her udder.

    She is a guts on legs 😉

    SO- my next question- how do I manage her organically? She is our only cow so I dont mind a bit of extra work/ effort.

    #512097
    gypsyoak
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    Have a look at Pat Colebys books. There is also a vitamin supplement/lick you can put in their feed that she developed – vitalik. Its probably more to do with the pasture management then the actual cow, although I use things like ACV and garlic in the feed for good measure. I was the same as you, I hunted high and low for an” organic management plan” but to no avail….I wanted something in writing that I could follow step by step. Instead I found that keeping the worms down on the pasture by rotating animals and resting it, ensuring she had access to appropriate vit/minerals in case the soil is deficient and good food and love was more the key. There is also a book called errr…”the healthy house cow…. Marja Fitzgerald” Its like any other cow care book except it has natural remedies for ailments as well. Its an organic approach to house cow management. I found it to be a little light on though, however I wanted super detail. It may just not be as complex as I think it should be. :laugh:

    #512098
    mauzi
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    Hi and congratulations GirlFriday. Pat Coleby’s books are very good as well as Juliette de Bairacli Levy “The Complete Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable. I have been raising animals naturally now for some 20 years and am in the process of writing up a whole lot of information for our web site. Currently I have some information up on natural worming (which includes an overview on health aspects – just a beginning and lots more to write, but I have attached the link below to that particular article if you want to have a look. I love my house cow, they become such a part of your life, good luck.

    http://www.esperanceholisticfarm.com/?q=node/67

    #512099
    gypsyoak
    Member

    Sounds great Mauzi!!

    #512100
    HT
    Member

    Mauzi

    Do you have the 1991 edition on the herbal stable handbook or is there a later addition?

    HT

    #512101
    mauzi
    Member

    HT I have the 1991. As far as I know that is the last edition.

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