Tag: cattle

An Easy Trick To Help Pick A Calm Cow

Low head Whorl

Selecting young cattle for future breeding is as much an art as it is a science. It’s a guessing game in regards to future temperament, productivity, milking ability and mothering. Temperament in cows is an important trait to keep in mind especially with a small herd. Temperament in many animals is hereditary. Good sound feet,…

Kerry Cattle

Kerry Cow

My husband and I originally bought Kerry cattle for an integrated dairy production project that involved two different family farms. The plan was that our neighbors would keep them and milk them along with their dairy cows on their farm, while my husband and I would raise the heifers and feed out the steers for…

Horns on Cattle

Naturally Polled Crossbred

The first or second thing most farm visitors notice about our older Kerry cows are their horns. It’s understandable. Horns were what I initially noticed about Kerry cattle the first time I saw them too. From a farmer’s point of view horns in livestock can be a source of trouble. Horned cattle are more dangerous…

Fly Control in Pastured Cattle

Heifer With Face Flies

Because cattle produce so much manure fly populations can be hard to manage and control even when cattle are kept in open pasture and not confined. Here in western Pennsylvania summertime means fly season for folks who raise cattle. Heavy fly infestations in cattle can be a real animal welfare headache. That’s because flies bite,…