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Cheryl Marchek AKA JM
08-24-2011, 04:55 PM
Back in 09' I posted here about my bottle baby heifers. Well those heifers are all grown up now and the first one Bessie had her first calf back on 7-19-11
http://thereddragonsden.com/images/Homestead/11%20Feb/calf%20012.jpg

Little heifer calf out of a belted galloway bull. I am very excited to see the full belt on her~ bessie is Jersey/holstien cross and I didn't expect the calf to get a nice full band like that! Being a dairy cross~ bessie made plenty of milk for the calf plus several more gallons a day. I was having a hard time keeping up~ I built a stanchion and fixed up a surge belly milker a friend had in her attic
http://thereddragonsden.com/images/Homestead/11%20Feb/milkstanchion.jpg

http://thereddragonsden.com/images/Homestead/11%20Feb/milk%20019.jpg

Between Bessie and the goats I was swimming in milk! 3 to 4 gallons a day....and Bossy (other cow) should freshen soon! So I got serious about calf hunting and found a couple bottle bull calves (future beef). I thought Bessie would give me some trouble but she took right to them

http://thereddragonsden.com/images/Homestead/11%20Feb/bessnursecow2.jpg

So now I'm still bringing in almost a gallon of milk a day to drink, Bessie is raising me a nice heifer to sell next year and two nice little bull calves to fill my freezer and sell the extra beef AND Bossy hasn't freshened yet!

Been a couple years work to get to this point~ but it sure is satisfying to sit down to a steak dinner, drink my glass of milk and watch my cow bring up next years milk and beef!! I love living in the country!

Dennis Hultman
08-28-2011, 07:45 PM
That's great Cheryl!

deborahbroadus
08-28-2011, 08:03 PM
I'm a city girl at heart, but I wish I could do all this! lol

Tiger Lilly
09-18-2011, 08:19 PM
This IS awesome! I have recently purchased a pair of miniature zebu to be used as breeding stock in about another year. I have also started a collection of other 'necessary' animals.

Shadera
09-19-2011, 12:52 AM
Aww. Congrats! I'm so looking forward to being able to do this in a couple years. We're primarily wanting to raise a few cows and a pig or two, but I'm seriously considering picking up a miniature dairy cow too. I'd love to try my hand at some cheese-making and we SO love fresh full cream butter and ice cream.

porkchop48
09-19-2011, 05:50 AM
I love the belted one. Awesome job on the stand as well.

The farm that butts up against us is in calving season. I am out there every day checking out the newcomers.