Cattle

Cattle Ear Tag Fly Control Fail

Face Flies On Young Kerry Heifers Calves

Summer flies are a nuisance – both for cattle and for people. In the past we have always had fairly good fly control in our cattle by spraying them every morning with a permethrin based insecticide spray. This year we decided to try ear tags instead. Insecticide ear tags are usually applied in pairs to…

Kerry Cow For Sale

Mab

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a rare breed Kerry cow here’s your chance. Last year the Swiss Village Foundation purchased Mab, one of my Kerry cows, for egg harvesting. The Swiss Village Foundation or SVF is located in Newport, Rhode Island, and is a seed bank which preserves germplasm (sperm and egg) from rare and…

Blood Sample From A Tail Vein

Drawing Blood From The Tail Vein

Mistletoe and another young Kerry heifer have been sold to a buyer in New England. But before they can be moved across state lines in April, some paperwork and certain heath testing protocols need to be followed. Yesterday our veterinarian was here to draw blood samples. With Mistletoe, blood was drawn from the vein underneath…

A Realistic Assessment of Kerry Cattle

Kerry Cattle Are Friendly If Handled Properly

A Rare Breed In The Modern WorldWe have had our Kerry cattle for just over two years. My wife and I originally bought them for an integrated dairy production project on two different family farms.  The plan was that our neighbors would keep them and milk them along with their dairy cows on their farm,…

Fly Control in Pastured Cattle

Josie With Flies

Here in western Pennsylvania summertime means fly season for folks who raise cattle. Because cattle produce so much manure fly populations can be hard to manage even when cattle are kept in open pasture and not confined. Heavy fly infestations in cattle can be a real animal welfare headache. That’s because flies bite, suck blood;…

Dexter Cattle Flaw – Bad Feet

Typical Dexter Calf With Bad Feet

The calf in the center of the above photo is a year old purebred Dexter steer. He has the typically overgrown “elf booties” feet that are a major flaw of the breed. Follow the red arrow in the picture and notice how his hooves are fluted, pointy  and upturned. The steer calf has NEVER been…

Why Kerry Cattle?

LTR -Kody- He's a proven purebred Kerry bull

Kerry cattle are an extremely rare heritage breed of dairy cattle native to Ireland. They are long-lived and have genetics that are unique and are unlike that of modern U.S. dairy cattle. Kerry cows most often produce milk with A2 type of β-casein which is a very desirable trait in some milking herds.The A1/A2 controversy…

The Homestead Dairy

Snowbelle

For those of you considering getting or keeping a dairy animal this podcast is just for you. It’s an in depth discussion that’s just over 25 minutes long and covers information that is sometimes hard to find. So pull up a chair and get comfortable. It is the last and final podcast from the old…