We now have our own herd of natural grass fed beef. Categories Pros and Cons Tags Negatives and Positives, Opposing Viewpoints Post navigation. Jersey's as a breed are smaller, have higher butterfat content in the milk, are not necessarily any tamer or more tractable. At Moorepark, Jersey crossbred cows were also lighter (-57 kg) and had a higher body condition score (+0.22) throughout lactation compared with Holstein-Friesian. The future will tell how sustainable they are in the long term and whether there is the need to change requirements to reflect the best needs of the cattle and still get the producer the returns they deserve. Though their size can vary from a large dog all the way up to small Jersey, they’re still a lot smaller than say a Holstein or Guernsey. Depending upon your climate, an acre per cow is a good rule of thumb. Like any homesteading venture, there are pros and cons. Top Row From Left: Friesian, Holstein, Ayershire and British Shorthorn; Bottom Row From Left: Jersey, Guernsey, Charolais and Limousin. For example, you could combine the heat tolerance of a tropical breed, like Zebu Cattle with the smaller frame size, lighter (and younger) finishing weight, and cold adaptability of one of the British beef cattle breeds. Grass/hay, water, minerals, and rudimentary shelter is really all you need given adequate confinement. Post by jt » Thu Mar 06, 2008 4:51 pm once you get it figured out, and can afford to, imo you will come out way ahead to buy GOOD beef calves and put them on your nurse cows. The safety of this product is based on a single 90-day study on rats. 14 Most Notable Pros and Cons of Selective Breeding Sep 10, 2015 Sep 9, 2015 by Editor in Chief If you are running a farm, where your main source of income is crops or livestock, then you should find the best way to increase efficiency. Many cattle breeders used cross-breeding to combine desirable genetics from a range of breeds to create new brees. And rightly so. some advantages: They are lower maintenance and require less food, the more concentrated milk requires less … In short, we may be getting more if cattle is under one kind of diet and get less from the other. About 17 percent of all cows in the U.S. are treated with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH). The nutrients we get from beef depend on the diet of the animal. There are pros and cons in all “branded beef” type programs, but they all help to increase the profile of beef and expand markets. Space-Unlike chickens, cows need more than just a backyard, so you need some acreage to raise cattle. Cows are adaptable to all sorts of management styles, from super-intense and hands on to leave-it-in-the-field-and-milk-once-a-day. For example, you can modify a plant to need less water, but that would make it intolerant to direct sunlight (Pros and Cons of Genetic Engineering, 2014). I usually have butchered before 24 months due to the BSE and spinal cord thing so that I can get t-bones for some buyers; but for me I don't bother, I get filets and ribeyes and ny strips and have that much less bone to deal with. Sometimes, this can cause side effects. Cons. Differences in body condition score tended to increase in late lactation. Yes, Dexter cattle are small. Crossbreeding in Dairy Cattle: Pros and Cons 229 lactation) occurred. I use the term herd generously as we only have 6 cows. Pros and Cons? Large ones can be intimidating. Negative Side Effects The goal of genetic engineering is to solve an issue by transferring genes to the organism that will help combat the problem. On the other hand, the diet of conventional beef cattle may include grains. 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