Sunday, August 21, 2011

New Jersey Heifer for Willow

I had another couple of posts ready but yesterday we took a trip way down to Mt. View, Mo. and bought a new baby for Willow.

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She was born August 3. Willow's heifer baby was born July 29 so there isn't much difference in age but she is almost twice the weight and size. Of course she is half Black Angus and has been on full feed (Momma's milk) since birth. We think the new baby is a little lean but very healthy and latched on to
Willow with some guidance. Willow was not too bad with the whole set up. I definitely need to be present during feeding time with a switch and to tie Willow up.
It won't take too long. She has accepted other babies in the same manner.

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I am feeling very pleased. Now I can just milk when I want to and Willow can raise two calves for me. I have always wanted a Jersey milk cow and now I can have one...........if two years down the road, I still want to milk and I see no reason to change, health permitting. I have taken several picture this morning so if anyone wants to see more they are welcome.


She will look very different in a few weeks.

6 comments:

  1. My dad always had Jersey milk cows. I hope it works out well for you.

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  2. I had no idea that a cow would take on additional calves like that. Good way to raise another "herd" of milkers AND get some milking time off at the same time.

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  3. Carolyn, not all cows will!

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  4. I love the coloring of a Jersey! And you just keep that Willow in line!...:)JP

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  5. I think Jerseys always look thin...but what pretty eyes!

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