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Hello from Wisconsin

Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:35 am
by BeltedGallowayMama
Hi I joined to learn more about beef cows and some about milking. Here is a little background for you. My husband an I got are feet wet in beef last year with a friends Angus cross cow and sent her off to butcher to see if raising beef was something we would like to get into. It went really well so we decided to jump right in this year :) After a little research we decided on Belted Galloway's. We have 3 beef steers, and as of 3 months ago a heifer calf (for milking is the hope). Our goal is to make some money and get a family milking cow. We go through a lot of milk,ice cream and cheese in a month.

Here are some older pictures of our steers and heifer calf.

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Re: Hello from Wisconsin

Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:29 pm
by Nesikep
Welcome!.. not many people here are milk oriented.. I had a dual purpose cow I'd occasionally milk too.. Made delicious yogurt!

Re: Hello from Wisconsin

Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:41 pm
by BeltedGallowayMama
Thank you! We have read a lot in books and online this is just another source of info. that we can tap into. When spending as much money and time you need with steers and cows you need all of the information that you can to make the most informed decision that fits what you want/need to do.

Re: Hello from Wisconsin

Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:42 pm
by slick4591
:welcome:

Re: Hello from Wisconsin

Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:00 pm
by wbvs58
Welcome, you have made a good choice with the Belties for what you want to do. They are very thick little things yet big enough and raise a good calf. The bit about making some money I don't know about but we all have fun trying.

Ken

Re: Hello from Wisconsin

Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:18 pm
by BeltedGallowayMama
We have 2 kids and I didn't want something to big.....I was a little nervous about the bigger breeds, I have never been around cows. Out of the 3 steers we have now we are 2 are going to slaughter in Dec. we could send in the 3rd (we have that many people wanting the beef) but he is still to small in our opinion. My husband was on the fence about them when we first got them but now he is glad. Same with the heifer calf, I wanted to work from the beginning with working with her to be a milking cow and it is going really well. She lets me touch her anywhere I want.

Re: Hello from Wisconsin

Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:51 pm
by Rafter S
Welcome. Where are you? I assume cold country since you've chosen the Belted Galloways.

Re: Hello from Wisconsin

Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:55 pm
by BeltedGallowayMama
We live near Waupaca Wisconsin. It does get pretty cold here :)

Re: Hello from Wisconsin

Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:05 pm
by msplmtneer
Howdy and :welcome: to the board good luck. :tiphat:

Re: Hello from Wisconsin

Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:15 pm
by Rafter S
BeltedGallowayMama wrote:We live near Waupaca Wisconsin. It does get pretty cold here :)


The "Hello from Wisconsin" should have given me a clue. Sorry about that. I've never been particularly bright but I'm not usually quite that stupid.

Re: Hello from Wisconsin

Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:18 pm
by BeltedGallowayMama
I have my moments too

Re: Hello from Wisconsin

Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:30 pm
by Nesikep
starting them young is good.. I don't keep any wild stock anymore, they've all got to be at least OK with being on a halter, One line of pets has always been particularly easy to train

Don't need any of these!
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Re: Hello from Wisconsin

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:00 am
by BeltedGallowayMama
LOL That's what we plan on too. The 3 steers let you come up to them but that's about it. We want a small herd that we can go up to and touch an/or put on a halter....plus it makes it a whole lot easier when the vet needs to see them.

Re: Hello from Wisconsin

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:26 am
by TN Cattle Man
:welcome: to the Boards!!