Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Hour and a Half from Town!
I just love you guys!
Thank you all for the VERY sound advice!
Yes I know we're taking a (insane) gamble. Hopefully it'll pay off as she's bred and registered out the WAZOO and the future calf too. Thankfully it's a spring calf so I won't have to worry about ( so much, Del I'll be prepared, thank you! I need a list of what exactly to get for a cow I only really know about deer and goats.... I have family to help but... HA HA!.) this horrific winter.
I'll be putting her in the foaling barn with a paddock to roam and doubt I'll have a restful night once she gets here...
I've read and heard conflicting reports on their calving. Some say minis calf easier, the lady I'm purchasing her from say they're harder because they're little bricks instead of long legged normal calves... I'll go with her assessment. But this is an experienced cow that has never had a problem and produces BREATHTAKING babies... Better than an unproven heifer maybe????
She won't be our last, we have plans to get more... Eventually.
I'm growing fodder as we speak to have ready. That'll increase her milk production and improve her longevity/conception. Will introduce it slowly. She is in tip top condition so no worries there. This breeder is absolutely phenomenal and I was SUPER impressed with her custom setup and professionalism. She's got champions in all the listings and despite nature, which we are fully aware of and have been warned about, we/she don't think she'll have any issues.
If we only get one calf out of her, like Missy said, that's ok. :)
We got a REALLY good deal and are thankful, for sure!
I only have 10/15 good acres up here and this breed is a godsend. I have access to more but that is a hassle. So we shall see.
I've been researching futures and livestock prices for ages and know with useable farm land being eaten up and difficult small farm hurdles (them vs large corps) and the fact that the average age of the farmer being around 70... We are in trouble. Beef is speculated to go up to $6 or more per pound this fall, it's at all time records now! I have good friends in the business making good on fall finish calves, same for y'all?
I'm going to be able to finish my cattle out on only .04 a pound plus whatever I grow extra in the orchard/gardens. Not too shabby. My friends are paying .12 a pound and getting 30%, plus culls and dealing with disease. I'm going to TRY and do better. Ha ha, with only one cow now! :)
If miss moo needs to go in the freezer I'm prepared. Wouldn't be happy, devastated, but such is life. I'll make her final years blessed and as healthy as possible. :)
I agree she's old, why I got such a "good deal", but if I can I'll make it work! Y'all know I'm no quitter! :P
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