Guernsey Cattle were first bred in the British Channel islands of Guernsey off the coast of France by crossbreeding Alderney Cattle, also called Norman Brindles, from Isigny, Normandy with the Froment du Leon Cattle from Brittany. They were introduced to the United States in the mid-1800s. Currently, the Guernsey is a well-established dairy breed not only in the UK and the US but also in Canada and South Africa.
Appearance / health:
Guernsey cows are medium-sized dairy cattle that have fawn and white coloration. They are highly regarded for their high milk production and good mothering abilities. Guernsey milk is also favored for its high-protein and high-butterfat qualities, and most especially for its high beta-carotene content.
Like other livestock, cattle require regular vaccinations and inoculations (for example, rabies inoculations) for disease prevention and health management. Similar to other mammals, cows can suffer a variety of ailments and health issues. A veterinarian should be on call and provide regular checkups and monitoring for the entire herd.
Behavior / temperament:
Cattle are docile animals that have strong maternal instincts. They are big and bulky, and could, therefore, inflict harm without intending to. Handling and brushing them constantly while juvenile will help train them to be calm and trusting around humans, which is helpful especially when they need to be attended to by the veterinarian or groomer.
Housing / diet:
Housing for cattle is essentially to give them shelter from extreme weather conditions. Barns, rub-in sheds, stalls, and other structures like windbreaks, should be available where the cows graze. Aside from manmade shelters, trees and tall bushes can provide resting places for cattle to minimize heat stroke or wind chill.
Shelters will give the cows the option to seek safe haven from strong winds, extreme heat or cold, and heavy rains. Shelters should be strong, stable, spacious, well ventilated, and waterproof. Barns should be provided with water supply, and stalls should be lined with hay. They should also be cleaned regularly.
Sprinklers and other cooling systems are recommended for areas that overheat during summer months. Professional and humane fencing should be provided. All poisonous plants should be removed from the pasture; and hay should always be kept dry (wet hay grows molds, becoming a health hazard for cows).
A good quality pasture for grazing is the basic dietary requirement of cattle. The recommended pasture size per cow is 10 acres, without which, the diet should be supplemented with hay. The recommended quantity of hay is an average of 2% of the animal’s body weight per day (or 2 lbs. of hay per 100 lbs. of body weight). Supplements include grain mixes, protein and mineral cubes, and salt blocks, depending on the type of cow, its uses, and the local climate.
Providing a constant supply of fresh water is essential. An adult cow consumes an estimate of up to 20 gallons of water per day.
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Mary the Cow
Mary the Cow
Mary is our milk producing cow but she is also like a pet to us. She has been on the farm for 4 years now and keeps getting bigger and bigger. She is the same cow that kicked Billy the goat for trying to suckle her teats. She is also the same one who ate every living plant on our cabbage patch one Sunday while we were all in church. Mary is the funny one in the farm.
Mary refuses to be in the same area as the other cows. She has taken it upon herself to attack any of the other cows when they are put out to graze in the fields. For some reason or another, she feels that they should not be around her. She was the first cow on our farm and that could be a reason for attacking all the other cows. She therefore grazes on her own.
I have been around cows for a long time though at times I feel like Mary is not just a cow but reincarnation of someone. She acts like she understands everything that is going on. When we are sad she will come and stand at the window as though offering comfort. She is a very thoughtful animal and she just makes one wonder all the time. I will have to keep a close eye on her because I feel that there is more than meets the eye about that cow..
From origiwriter Oct 7 2013 5:22AM
High fat milk producers
If you are looking for a docile cow this is the right breed. They have a very sweet character and are easy to handle. This breed strives at warm and tropical weathers but you should be aware that they produce “yellow milk” and some buyers might not like it. It all comes to what you are looking for: high quality or high quantity? In terms of quality this milk is excellent but they produce little amounts (around 8-10 kg per day in my experience). If you have customers interested in high fat milk you should choose Guernsey cows..
From Dr Stephanie Flansburg Cruz Apr 2 2015 11:14AM
Guernsey cows are a very unique breed of dairy cow. They originate in the English Channel on a small island. I’ve found them to be very frail compared to most other dairy breeds. They don’t have the same longevity and health traits of the other dairy breeds. Their feet and legs need some improvement to help improve their longevity. For this reason, we’ve decided to focus on other dairy breeds.
The Guernsey breed has progressed significantly genetically and breeding better cows. I anticipate that in the future, Guernsey’s will rival some of the other breeds. They are calm animals with mild personalities. I would love to have some more in the future. Did you know their milk is high in Beta-carotene. It’s a trait that is unique to the herd. It may serve as a way to popularize the breed if people want to drink milk with more vitamin A.
From Stephenw9734 Sep 5 2015 5:53PM