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Rena

Belina Ruby

This little girl was the last of my dairy herd, she was born spring of 2012. Belina is 7/8 Jersey and 1/8 Black Angus. This picture is from summer of 2013. She stood 42" at the shoulder and was early bred at this point. Completely trained-even to voice commands and hand signals. It was pretty cool to experience what she was capable of learning.



This is her now, at her new home. I hadn't planned on selling her, but ended up doing so last spring. Her adopted family keeps me updated on how she is doing, and this is very appreciated. Find myself missing her little self every now and again. She never grew beyond the 42" which means there is some throwback to the Old World Jersey lineage. Her face is almost identical to her great great dam, Daisy Mae (1997-2010)



This is her first (bully) calf from April of 2014. I can't believe how mature he looks for only being 9 months old! (He's going for beef after his owner breeds him to a cow or two as she'd really like a baby from him. (I'd want one too, if I were her!) He also is very small and stands at about the 42" height of his dam. He has the funniest blond streak down his spine! Cracks us up! I believe it's a toss in from his great great great grand dam Daisy as well-she was a total Blondie.



(Woot! I can post pictures! )
darkbrowneggs

Lovely photos, it reminds me of when I kept Jerseys for milk and cream for the house.  Hand milked for about 20years, then bought a milking machine and never managed to get the last cow in calf  
horace

Great pics nice looking beasts
sod

Great to see Bellina as hadn't heard about her for a while and didn't know you had sold her, she still looks so cute   Thanks for photos and so pleased you can post them now
conundrum

It is incredible what animals can learn. She is very pretty, glad you are kept up to date!!
sandrar

Super photos , so pleased you can share them with us now. I love to see 'others' livestock and set up
rhino

He looks good for a 9mnth jersey type, just needs his back end building up  
Rena

Jersey bulls never seem to pull off a 'filled out' back end or top line, imo. Not like beefer types anyway, but I do agree, he could use the bit more he'd naturally be getting. Not sure he'll live long enough to fully come into that, even though he sure is promising. My friend was telling me he's already started to growl when they get near the field, which can be a bit disconcerting. And they do not have a bull pen nor the experience handling a bull. (Plus all the horror stories that seem to rule commonsense.) I think she is making a good choice given her lack of experience.... He is just soooooo promising, ya know?
rhino

I've heard bad things about Jersey bulls    a lot of UK native breeds are light on the a**e end, mine are, the good thing is they don't need loads of corn  
12Bore

Good looking animals there Rena
sandrar

A young Jersey bull was the only bull I've worked with where I needed to call on help to move.
sod

sandrar wrote:
A young Jersey bull was the only bull I've worked with where I needed to call on help to move.


Have to agree it seems if the cows are cute and good the bulls are opposite    only bull to ever have a go for real even after I called the dogs in. Think she doing right thing too.
horace

Jersey bulls have a bit of a reputation for being tetchy  
Rena

They really do.

However what most folks don't realise (IMO) is that we make them that way (for the most part). Jerseys are soooooo cute when they are born. Most folks look at them like a 'sweet little thing that could never hurt a soul' and proceed to handle and 'play', (making a "pet") with them as such... Not realising that what is okay now will be injury or death later as then the animal cannot know the difference between their experience as a calf and then as a grown animal. Handling is crucial for dairy girls (also IMO), hurt the bulls should not be bootlefed or handled. (Nothing there is nothing wrong with bottling a steer).

Body language on the side of the human also plays an amazingly intense part when handling and  working with them.
Rena

darkbrowneggs wrote:
Lovely photos, it reminds me of when I kept Jerseys for milk and cream for the house.  Hand milked for about 20years, then bought a milking machine and never managed to get the last cow in calf  


Isn't that how it works?!! I really enjoy handmilking, until it's 9 below zero...   (then I liked really FAST handmilking and getting back in to farmhouse warm!)



12Bore wrote:
Good looking animals there Rena


Thank you for such a nice compliment.
Mawkin

Lovely photos  

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