what is your favorite dairy breed, and why?

For the dairy folks and/or beef folks with questions about udders, milk and mastitis.

what is your favorite dairy breed, and why?

Ayrshire
2
6%
Brown Swiss
6
18%
Dairy Shorthorn
2
6%
Guernsey
2
6%
Holstein
9
26%
Jersey
13
38%
 
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what is your favorite dairy breed, and why?

Postby gabbyellepaige » Sun Aug 15, 2010 12:10 pm

i myself prefer the Guernsey, their milk is delicious and i think they're very attractive bovines.
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Postby novaman » Sun Aug 15, 2010 1:56 pm

I'm going with Holstein. 1. They are the highest producing breed so I make the most money from running them 2. There aren't enough Jerseys or Brown Swiss around for me to find any good females 3. They have very good dispositions 4. It's always interesting to see the color patterns one will get. Like I heard someone else put it, it's like Christmas every time a calf is born. You never know what kind of pattern you'll get 5. The bull calves are easy to sell (compared to Jersey, etc.) 6. There are lots of AI sires available so there is good diversity to choose from.

There are probably more reasons but I think that gives you an idea.
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Postby dun » Sun Aug 15, 2010 4:24 pm

Milking Shorthorn, they make superb Oxen
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Postby 3waycross » Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:43 pm

I always liked Jerseys. And don't ever want to milk another oneor any other breed for that matter.
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Postby hillsdown » Sun Aug 15, 2010 9:21 pm

Holstein, but I am biased .. ;-) I also like Brown Swiss and Guernsey but the ones we had ate as much as Holstein and produced the least amount of milk. Now that Holsteins are producing higher butterfat as well as tons of pounds per day they can give the best of both worlds.

BTW my opinion is based on a dairy operation that is financially sound and self sufficient, not a hobby or one/two milk cow operation. I think if you want a family milk cow there are many breeds that do not need the micro managing as Holsteins do to be cost effective.
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Postby TexasBred » Mon Aug 16, 2010 7:42 am

Holsteins...the others will starve a dairyman to death. Use to try to milk quite a few holstein/jersey crosses and they were good little cattle as well.
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Postby ANAZAZI » Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:32 am

Swedish red. finland ayrshire. norwegian red. These are all ayrshire style, and have been using each others bulls fathers for fifty years or so. Allround breeds; milk, beef ( bulls show a great deal of sexual dimorfism),easy calvings, live and healthy calves, Low incidence of mastitis, great fertility, good disposition, legs, sound feet, you name it! Allround dairy cowsThey are what ayrshires were before the show breeding started to ruin the breed in north america. I voted ayrshire!
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Postby alisonb » Mon Aug 16, 2010 12:20 pm

Holstein for production but you did say 'favourite' so I will go for Jersey. There's nothing sweeter than a little tame Jersey cow :D .
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Postby 3waycross » Mon Aug 16, 2010 12:27 pm

alisonb wrote:Holstein for production but you did say 'favourite' so I will go for Jersey. There's nothing sweeter than a little tame Jersey cow :D .


I agree Alison. My Aunt had one when we were kids that loved me. I could milk her anytime but she would kick anyone else like a Cobra striking.
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Postby bigbull338 » Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:12 pm

we milked a all holstein herd for 27yrs.but i prefer anything but a holstein in the barn.an over the years we had 2 jerseys 1 aryshire 2 swiss crosses an 2 or so jersey crosses an 1 gurnsey cow.
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Postby novaman » Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:43 pm

bigbull338 wrote:we milked a all holstein herd for 27yrs.but i prefer anything but a holstein in the barn.an over the years we had 2 jerseys 1 aryshire 2 swiss crosses an 2 or so jersey crosses an 1 gurnsey cow.

Just curious as to why that might be.
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Postby TexasBred » Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:53 am

novaman wrote:
bigbull338 wrote:we milked a all holstein herd for 27yrs.but i prefer anything but a holstein in the barn.an over the years we had 2 jerseys 1 aryshire 2 swiss crosses an 2 or so jersey crosses an 1 gurnsey cow.

Just curious as to why that might be.


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Postby bigbull338 » Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:26 pm

when its your dads dairy he dont care what you like.an he liked them dang holsteins.me ive always liked the colored dairy breeds an crosses.
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Re: what is your favorite dairy breed, and why?

Postby oscar p » Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:12 pm

Jersey all the way.Only because, I've never owned any of the other breeds.But are open to them. Have had many a jersey nurse cows.
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Re: what is your favorite dairy breed, and why?

Postby regolith » Wed Aug 18, 2010 2:12 am

Jersey. But my best cows are crossbreds (Holstein Friesian cross Jersey) with the exception of 137 (a jersey, matches nearly any HF or xbred in the herd for production).
Worked with black and whites for about a decade before finding myself the owner of a predominantly Jersey herd - I liked the Holstein Friesian well enough but loved the good Jerseys. I seem to have a few really good Jerseys and a lot of mediocre ones though (crossing to HF fixes them).
Being able to handle them easily if they go down or get stuck somewhere stupid is a big bonus, plus they just look cute.
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