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Postby MikeJoel » Wed Apr 05, 2006 12:35 pm

Pretty much the whole story, about, is already at http://www.familyhomestead.com so I wont repeat it all.

But we just got our first cow! A Jersey mix

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We have all read books on the subject but like you all know reading about it and actually having a cow is completely different things :)

We are mainly after the idea of providing milk for the family (up here it is $3.65 a gallon in the store and taste flat, we are used to buying raw milk... No I personally am not a health nut but have to admit ram milk tastes better).

Currently we are having to completely provide the feed since we have no open land yet in grass, but from estimates even doing this is a savings. We do though have room for the cow to get out and walk so we aren't penning her up all the time (as if we could! She has gotten out of her stall three times now). She seems to respect the electric fence though.

She was due three days ago and so we are still waiting. This is her third calf.

We do hope to have pasture available in some form by late summer.

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Postby born2run » Wed Apr 05, 2006 2:23 pm

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Postby K-SHIRES » Wed Apr 05, 2006 2:53 pm

Mike good lookin' little cow. Looks like 1/2 Ayrshire or possible Milk Shorthorn blood. Many of my colored& crossbred dairy cows go 3-10 days past ETA with no problems or difference.
*ENJOY THAT RICH MILK!***********************
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Postby ctlbaron » Tue Apr 11, 2006 8:49 am

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Postby CowCop » Tue Apr 11, 2006 10:18 pm

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Welcome MikeJoel.

Nice to see another New Englander here.

FABULOUS looking cow.

Please post more photos of her, and the future calf as well.

Where exactly are you in Maine ?
Anywhere near Fryeburg ?

Best of luck with your homesteading.
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Postby MikeJoel » Wed Apr 12, 2006 7:44 am

CowCop wrote:~

Nice to see another New Englander here.

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Where exactly are you in Maine ?
Anywhere near Fryeburg ?


(Well my dad was the REAL New Englander (Mass) and I lived there for quite a bit of my childhood but I was originally born if S.C. :-) )

We are over near Millinocket (about 230miles north from you). Your a southerner ;) LOL

Thanks, I was going to post once she had the calf...... No, it still has not come (hoping with the full moon coming ;) )

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Postby CowCop » Wed Apr 12, 2006 9:20 am

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I took a quick look at your fine website.

Where did you get your horse from ?
Very unusual/rare breed.

The annual Beef Expo is at the Fryeburg fairgrounds April 28,29 & 30

Lots to see and do.

http://www.mainebeef.org
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Postby Ben H » Wed Apr 12, 2006 7:58 pm

Saturday night is the BBQ, gotta register. I'll be there all day. I live down in Gorham
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Postby CowCop » Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:07 pm

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Don't eat it all, save us some~!

Welcome to the boards Ben~!

Are those 2 of your cows in your avatar ?
I like how they both have ring eyes.
Twins ?

Do you know if there will be another heifer raffle at the Beef Expo like there was a few years ago ?
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Postby MikeJoel » Sun Apr 16, 2006 8:19 am

CowCop wrote:~

I took a quick look at your fine website.

Where did you get your horse from ?
Very unusual/rare breed.

The annual Beef Expo is at the Fryeburg fairgrounds April 28,29 & 30

Lots to see and do.

http://www.mainebeef.org


Thanks.
The horse was gotten up at new sweden.
She is 6 (coming up on 7). Got her to help work but seems to be a lot more suited to riding then pulling (as was told) :roll: .
She does seem rare (though we didn't know at the time). A farrier had to look her breed up cause he had never heard of it.

They have a fair up here every year but it is way over rated. The "Springfield Fair" they claim thousands come but it isnt true. At least not from what Ive seen. They also don't seem to have animals except for a pulling.

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