Price of Jersey or Guernsey calves at salebarn?

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Postby bigbull338 » Thu Aug 02, 2007 8:34 pm

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Jersey bull calves were $25 max...Jersey heifers struggled to hit the $50 mark. Crosses (Jersey/Holstein) did not do much better.


Pardon my ignorance, because I'm new to everything, but why don't people want Jerseys?
jersey bull calves are hard to raise.an they gain weigh slowly.an they they dont bring much pre ln or by the head.
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Postby Medic24 » Tue Aug 07, 2007 11:53 pm

Jerseys do grow so slowly, and if you let them stay bulls, they tend to get rather testy, even more so then othe dairy breeds I think.

But, the meat from a jersey steer really is hard to beat.
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Postby Jay » Tue Aug 14, 2007 10:59 pm

Medic24 wrote:Jerseys do grow so slowly, and if you let them stay bulls, they tend to get rather testy, even more so then othe dairy breeds I think.

But, the meat from a jersey steer really is hard to beat.

Jersey meat you won't find at the supermarket. The fat is yellow, not white due to the higher beta-carotene's.
The meat is great, you just don't get near as much as from them as compared to a beef breed.
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Postby cowlady1 » Sun Oct 07, 2007 12:27 am

I'm in western part of Pa. I've paid $6.50- $13.50 for jersey bulls. I've paid $99.00 for jersey heifer calves.Guernsey calves 80# $0.50-$o.70 bulls.
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Postby samm » Fri Oct 26, 2007 4:08 pm

went to sulphur springs last week, picked up 7 calves for next to nothing, some of the old men were giggeling, asking how does she kep em alive......i just smiled and winked.....one that i got for 2.00 did die, but i was purty sure it would, everyone else is bumping right along.
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Postby bigbull338 » Fri Oct 26, 2007 4:29 pm

those old boys at the sulphur spring sale will give you fitts.hope you have good luck with the calves.most $2 calves will die after you get emm home.
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Postby samm » Fri Oct 26, 2007 4:51 pm

thanks, so far so good, my husband asked what i wanted to do for my birthday, so i said lets run over to sulphur springs and check it out, and of course we came home NOT empty handed , i like bottle feeding, grow em up some and take em to the farm, then let em grow some more. i dont like to loose any, but i expected to loose the one, but for 89.00 for all of em. i was happy.
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Postby bigbull338 » Fri Oct 26, 2007 4:56 pm

well if you loose.all itll be is $89 an your time an what feed an milk you put into them.an you could make some money on them.
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Postby Mudge » Mon Nov 26, 2007 8:59 pm

We bought all 18 of our jerseys bull calves for 8-15$ each.
Cheap? Yes.
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Postby hgfarmer » Mon Nov 26, 2007 9:03 pm

Mudge wrote:We bought all 18 of our jerseys bull calves for 8-15$ each.
Cheap? Yes.



Do you make any money of your bull calves or do you just eat them?
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Postby Mudge » Mon Nov 26, 2007 10:26 pm

this is our 2nd year getting into the cattle biz.

First year we just did 1 Holstein for our own beef.
this year we wanted to just do bottle calves then sell them at like 500-600 lbs.. and i can see how you can make a profit off from them. But we havent sold them yet so i cant answer your question..but i forsee a profit from it. after expenses.

If i had to do it all over again, i would of bought the 30-40$ holsteins, instead of the 8-15$ jerseys, because of the growth rate..

We had bought 2 Holsteins at 65lb each.. and we bought 3 other Jerseys at 140lbs each.. and 4Months from then, the Holsteins have already passed them.
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Postby hgfarmer » Mon Nov 26, 2007 10:39 pm

Mudge wrote:this is our 2nd year getting into the cattle biz.

First year we just did 1 Holstein for our own beef.
this year we wanted to just do bottle calves then sell them at like 500-600 lbs.. and i can see how you can make a profit off from them. But we havent sold them yet so i cant answer your question..but i forsee a profit from it. after expenses.

If i had to do it all over again, i would of bought the 30-40$ holsteins, instead of the 8-15$ jerseys, because of the growth rate..

We had bought 2 Holsteins at 65lb each.. and we bought 3 other Jerseys at 140lbs each.. and 4Months from then, the Holsteins have already passed them.




Yea, I can see where the holsteins would do better. Ive raised calves before and Im thinking of doing about 15 more in the next few months. Ill tell what the best road to take is. We bought a few jersey milkers and we let them raise beef steers for us. The calves turn out to be better than the bottle babies and a lot less work. Looks like Im gooing to doing both this year....
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Postby Hunny Do Ranch » Mon Nov 26, 2007 11:27 pm

We have bought 2 bull calves for less than $10 each. We have jersey cow's that we raise holsteins on and we have done allright with them. 500-700lbs is going for 95 per hundred around here.
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