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post #1 of 50 Old 03-11-2014, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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15 year old cow, insane to buy?

We looked at some miniature cattle Sunday, SQUEEEEE!!!!!

We're looking to get a few and found a great cow. Registered, polled, gentle, heavy bred due in a few weeks, excellent mother, easy calving, GREAT confo, throws absolutely adorable and champion calves...

Problem is she's 15. She's in excellent condition, tip top shape, nice udder not low, very well taken care of.

VERY VERY reputable breeder. Being offered at a decent(ish) price, considering that cattle are SO HIGH right now, practically getting a 2 fer.
I really like and respect this lady and she IS doing us a favor, helping us get our feet wet and mentoring us.

The calf has a 75% chance, based on prior calving, to be a heifer.... Which is what we want, but OF COURSE it's a 50/50. DD will be showing the calf this fall regardless of what it is (small 4-H). This will be our first calf and cow, so I'm wanting everything that she is, just torn on if she's THE ONE. We plan to breed her back as soon as possible and feed her EXCEPTIONALLY well to keep her going. But knowing our luck this'll be her last, LOL!

So are we crazy to even consider?

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post #2 of 50 Old 03-11-2014, 11:44 AM
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I know nothing of cattle.

However.

WHERE ARE PICTURES.

I would very much like to see a mini cow :O
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post #3 of 50 Old 03-11-2014, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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Ha Ha Ha Duffy!! I knew that was coming!

Photos uploading now!
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:-D

THANK YOU.

I promise not to show to my sister and ask her how she got her picture on the internet...would be insulting to the cow...
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I did not know mini cows were a thing. And my dad works in the cattle business! I must see pictures! And it's only insane if their lifespan is like 16 years lol
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post #6 of 50 Old 03-11-2014, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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Ok!

Here is a calf that was born on New Year's, it's back is only to my KNEES!


Here it is again, the fence is only 3 feet high, if that.


DD feeding some alfalfa cubes, these are FULL GROWN cows with newborn calves!
She is barely 4 foot tall, this fence is only 4 foot high!



This is a full grown bull!


Parting shot, these guys are SOOOO friendly!

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Oh my goodness I want one.
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Hmmm, well, a well taken care of cow can calve into it's 20's and live upwards of 25/30 years old. But of course that's RARE.

This cow is in impeccable condition... we're going to feed her an excellent diet of fodder that will help her keep conceiving and is reported to help with longevity...

We shall see, DH just bought her!!!!
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OMG, the bull is just too cute!!

Congrats on the new addition!

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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I would not buy a 15 yo cow. That is ancient. Most are culled between 8-10 years of age for a reason their productivity declines and so does their ability to chew.
However if the price is right.... real real cheap..... you might do ok. 15 is not the same age for a cow as a horse. Most cattle don't live past their mid to late teens.
If you trust this lady ask her how many calves can this cow still produce? I have no experience with minature cattle they might live and produce longer than larger bovines.
The longest we have had a cow live is 18 flygap. Those are range cattle that have not been pampered. Shalom
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