Cattle

Cattle Cooling Tank

Holly Standing In Water Tank

The 50 gallon water tank in the heifer pasture never stays clean. That’s because Holly insists on standing in it. She’s positively incorrigible. No sooner is the water tank sprayed out, cleaned and refilled – then she immediately hops back in. Black cattle and cattle with a greater muscle mass seem to be more sensitive…

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…

Black Cattle – Cold Spring

Cold Spring Black Cattle

Spring is slow in coming this year. It’s unusual that the grass has not started to green up by now and I’ve yet to see a crocus. Good thing hay was so plentiful last year. Because we’ll be feeding it for a bit longer. How about where you are? Is it still winter or has…

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 a few 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, while…

Horns on Cattle – The Horned, De-Horned & Naturally Polled

erry Cow With Young Calf

The first or second thing most farm visitors notice about our older Kerry cows are their horns. It’s understandable. Horns were what I initially noticed about Kerry cattle the first time I saw them too. From a farmer’s point of view, horns in livestock can be a source of trouble. Horned cattle are more dangerous…

From Bottle To Bucket Then Back To Bottle Again

Mistletoe One Month

Mistletoe is a purebred Kerry heifer calf. She was born 2 days before Christmas and was orphaned at birth. Her mother was one of my older Kerry cows and died from a prolapsed uterus just a few hours after she was born. Like most Kerry calves, Mistletoe is very healthy and very vocal. I’ve noticed…