Acquired: Worked with animal (didn’t own)
Posted Nov 18, 2013
A milking shorthorn can give you the best of both worlds if you are looking for a great family cow. They are a more muscular breed of dairy cattle and originated to produce both meat and milk. Although they are not as heavy milk producers (generally) as their Holstein counterparts, they would certainly produce enough milk for a family and to feed a calf or two until weaning. The offspring produce a meatier carcass, and when feed properly, will provide a great source of beef for a family in less than two years. Keeping the calf on milk for up to six months is a great way to produce gain on any breed. Start adding a little grain at about two weeks to tickle the rumen and get it working. Depending on your choice of productions methods---grassfed or grainfed--begin adding feed to the diet early. You will be surprised how quickly a calf will begin nibbling on grass, even if the rumen is not ready to utilize it yet. The habit has been established and will carry over into the pasture where they will know that it is food beneath their feet. The result--already trained to graze, graze graze!!