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Jersey or Aryshire?
October 6, 2013
1:40 pm
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huntermom
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First time cow owner want to be. Want to make cheese and butter. Small family. So decided on one or the other of these breeds.  1% difference in butter fat as what I have read. Does this make a large difference in taste, cheese making, etc?

Has anyone had luck with sales barns, bottle calves, or should I get a cow that knows what's she's doing?

 

October 6, 2013
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How exciting you are getting a cow. In general, a Jersey would make a good family cow since they are usually calm and easy to handle. I would stay away from sale barns. Buy your cow from someone who raised her so you can visit the farm to see how she was raised and cared for. Also, you will be able to call the breeder later if you have questions once you've had your cow a while. For your first cow I think a bred 3 or 4 year old coming with her second or third calf would be good. That way you can learn from your cow as she has had a calf or two before. As far as butterfat percents, the numbers you read are just general ideas. Individual cows of a breed vary one from another and even themselves as they move through their lactation. I hope you can find someone in your area who already has a family cow to buddy up with. They can be of great help to you. Best of luck with your new venture. 

October 8, 2013
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Miss Judy
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I remember the cartoon Ada the Aryshire in Farm Journal...she was always getting into trouble. Grandapa had one , June was her name. She was the most curious cow I have ever seen...she could get out of the tightest of fences! She ate everything...plaster of paris...twine...blackberries...and my brothers jeans off the clothesline! She always recovered...the vet wasn't too hopeful with the plaster of paris but she lived to eat again.moo

October 13, 2013
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I know this isn't one of your two choices, but I always reccomend guernseys for a small family. They're very docile and are fine being the only cow. Ive heard that jerseys like to be in a herd more than be alone and they are more assertive (dont know that i would say 'aggressive'). Guernsey used to be a very popular cow but has died in popularity for all the reasons that they USED to be popular; they arent good in commercial settings because they don't do well in herds and are very docile. But 96% of guernseys have A2 type milk (which is easier to digest than traditional milk) and they have a very high level of betacarotine in their milk, so they make a vibrant yellow butter. Jerseys produce white butter (im sure it's just as tasty though).  I make a ton of cheese with great results.  High butterfat content, pretty comperable to a jersey but don't remember the percentage.  Something to look into. They also produce some of the finest beef around, incase you end up with a bull calf and an empty freezerhungrysleepy-cow

November 17, 2013
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Jerseys and Guernseys both express beta carotene in their milk (unlike Holsteins) so both produce yellow butter.  I'd agree that you should buy an 'experienced' cow for your first, and from someone who can tell you about her temperament and routines (cows LOVE routine).  Happy cheesing!sleepy-cow

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