Tag Archive for 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…

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…

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…

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;…

A Spring Frolic For Half Grown Calves

A Spring Frolic For Half Grown Calves

Seems like no matter the species – adolescents sometimes just won’t listen. Pictured above is part of a group of half grown calves that decided on their own to party in the front yard. The prevailing attitude of this bunch is that they are outlaws – and not ordinary bottle raised Dexters, Kerries and dairy…

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…

Head Whorls In Cattle

Head Whorl On Heifer

This past Saturday my husband and I went to the neighbor’s farm to buy 2 young beef heifers. Selecting young cattle for future breeding is as much an art as it is a science. It’s a guessing game in regards to future temperament, productivity, milking ability and mothering. Temperament in cows is an important trait…