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Old 10-22-2012, 01:41 PM
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If they're female I'd go for it. I don't have any experience with Jersey steers, but the bulls are h-e double toothpicks. It doesn't matter how much love and attention you give them, they will kill you. I'm not even joking. They're commonly infused into rodeo bull lines to bump up the feistiness but they never use pure jerseys because it's too dangerous for the cowboys.

The cows are totally dolls though. My aunt had two in her dairy and we rode them around the pasture. lol. Rosie was also super careful not to bump us kids with her horns. Just really nice animals, really gentle animals. It's weird there's such a difference in behavior between genders in that breed, but there you go.
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:45 PM
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I raised a jersey calf as part of my animal science bachelors and she was such a sweet heart. I would take one in a heart beat if I could!! I clicker trained her and she loved honey!

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Old 10-22-2012, 03:26 PM
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Oh how sweet!
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:23 PM
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knowing nothing about cows or your situation really, GET THEM AND POST 100 PICTURES A SECOND
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:34 PM
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Yes yes yes. I've wanted a Jersey calf since I was little, lol.
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:06 PM
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I think I'll have to agree with Xanda on this one. This is a pretty big dairy area so I could no doubt pull one that isn't already safe when timing is better. Plus we know where we want to source them from so we can actively go find some that aren't already safe.

Romy - I've heard about dairy bulls being PITA. I don't really need a pet bull anyway - chop chop.

Hopefully the house we are looking at will come off and if it does we have some maintenance to do before we move up their permanently. (Building house yards, etc) and tying off loose ends here so we can hopefully work mostly from home.

Once we have the security of the place we'll be letting ourselves collect a myriad of new animals to help eat grass so rescue calves and chookies will probably be high on the list and god knows theres no shortage of them around here.

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Old 10-22-2012, 08:29 PM
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One advantage of getting them through a rescue would be (hopefully) continued support while you raise them. You definitely need to adopt them and post many, many pictures.

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