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Rhodie November 2nd, 2009 18:28

Favourite cattle breed?
 
What is your favourite breed or crossbred type of cattle?
Give your reasons and mention if you are, or have in the past owned or managed this type. Let us see if we can start a discussion on this topic.

joncowcare November 24th, 2009 12:23

Hi Rhodie,
My own personal favourite breed is the Brown Swiss.
I prefer large cows which considering my upbringing with the short, stocky Friesians and Shorthorns is probably surprising.
I like their temperaments, good all round health aspects, their higher than average milk/butterfat content and the way they hold themselves.
I used to show cows years back and although mainly used the HF's every now and then found a BS for the part.
I've managed herds up to 320+ size and while they were mainly HF there have always been a few BS thrown in for good measure !
Hope this helps ?
Jon

Rhodie November 24th, 2009 17:26

How do you find the Brown Swiss in your area? Do they milk well off grass, or does their size mean they need subsidising, especially in winter?

joncowcare November 25th, 2009 11:26

Hi Rhodie,
Here in the UK you may be aware that most herds are housed during winter and this means that they will be fed a TMR consisting of a base of grass/maize silage with soya etc. to supply the extra protein.
In summer they milk very well off grass but as with most breeds in the UK will be given a top-up in the parlour of 16-22% protein 'cake' depending on their stage of lactation/yield.
I should just explain that most farms here supplement their cows diet as the yields expected of them are just not possible off grass alone. [this goes for the large and small breeds]
It's not unusual to have a herd average yield of 7,200 and with some of the modern genetic based cows giving yields of 13-14,000 ltrs in their 1st lactation you will appreciate why supplements are needed ?
It probably explains the very tight margins we have to work to !
I hope this helps, how do you find them ?
Jon

Rhodie November 27th, 2009 18:03

Do you ever use composites of milk breeds to take advantage of heterosis and blending of different breed traits?
I saw several breef herds in Namibia using Brown Swiss to increase size and milking capacity in three way crossbreeding programs. The Bruinvieh is more commonly used being a beef type similar to the Brown Swiss, but there is a preference on the part of some cattlemen to use the 'Swiss. They do well in the dry climate with good quality natural forage throughout the year.

joncowcare November 30th, 2009 14:02

Hi Rhodie,
Ahhh . . . Hybrid vigour eh ? Well it has been used for centuries and it's why we have the massive cows we do today.
Take a look at the double-muscled Belgian Blue or Charolias beef breeds, on the dairy front we have the HF's, a mix of the short stocky Freisian with the lanky high-yielding Holstein.
It's interesting to know that the BS does well in your country, when you mention about natural forage would that be a rye-grass hybrid or some other grass like Timothy or one of the fescues or even legumes like alfafa ?
Thanks !
Jon

Rhodie December 4th, 2009 18:33

Jon, the native grasses and legumes of Southern Africa cover a wide spectrum of climate adapted grasses, some farms have irrigated pastures such as kikuyu or stargrass which are often oversown to ryegrass for winter grazing. Lucene is popular as an irrigated crop for hay or limited grazing.

Many exotic cattle breeds (British and European) are kept in the cooler regeons, and often as crosses over native cattle for F1 and terminal crosses, all dairy breeds are exotics. I bred Tuli cattle while living in North Carolina due to my experience of their fertility and easy keeping in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, I had self established Bermuda on my property there, the field was an old cotton field when I bought it with mixed, rough herbage, the rotational grazing resulted in the improvement in grass type and bio mass.

Luis, are you breeding the South Devon or the "Red" North Devon? I had some experience managing North Devons for a while, and have used the bulls in a grass finishing program.

dr_shafique79@hotmail.com December 6th, 2009 07:28

favorite breed or crossbred type of cattle
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Rhodie
What is your favourite breed or crossbred type of cattle?
Give your reasons and mention if you are, or have in the past owned or managed this type. Let us see if we can start a discussion on this topic.


my favorite breed of cattle is SAHIWAL CATTLE of pakistan.it is beautiful high yielder and resistant to ticks. it is most preen and beautifully naturally decorated cattle of the world.

Rhodie December 6th, 2009 13:06

Do you farm the Sahiwal under intensive conditions on improved pastures, or are they more often on native grazing so utilising their adaptation to their environment? Are they usually kept mainly for milking, or are they considered a dual purpose breed in Pakistan?

joncowcare December 7th, 2009 10:25

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Originally Posted by Rhodie
Jon, the native grasses and legumes of Southern Africa cover a wide spectrum of climate adapted grasses, some farms have irrigated pastures such as kikuyu or stargrass which are often oversown to ryegrass for winter grazing. Lucene is popular as an irrigated crop for hay or limited grazing.


Hi Rhodie,
Interesting to hear about your forage and rotations, do you ever use your grass for silage or hay ?
Lucerne [Alfafa over here] is gaining in popularity for it's protein content but there have been some problems with bloat, is this an aspect of it you have encountered ?
Take care !
Jon

peterpiper1987 January 8th, 2011 04:38

Actually my cattle breed is Jersey. I have two Jersey cattle breed. It is the bulls are known for having the least docile temperament of the common breeds of cattle. The cattle is quite small, ranging from only 800 to 1200 pounds (360 to 540 kg). Jersey cow produces milk more efficiently than other breeds.
I want your view guys. Tell me which is your Favourite cattle breed?

Rhodie March 26th, 2011 08:29

Abdur, looking foreward to seeing some pictures of your cattle.
Peterpiper, I used to milk Jerseys on improved pastures in the tropics, at this time we started a program of crossbreeding to a local Sanga breed, to deveop a heat resistant breed capable pf producing off native pasture, for local peasant farmers. This composite was working very well when I left the program.

WildRoseBeef February 18th, 2012 01:06

My favorite breed would be Speckle Park. I've not raised them before, but would like to if/when I can. Another favorite is Shorthorn. We've had some stocker shorthorn steers before, and they were quite tame, just about the point of being annoying. But speckle park cattle are really neat cattle...

Rhodie March 18th, 2012 11:55

Wildrose, is it just the appearance of the Speckled Park cattle that you like, or are there apects of their productivity that impress you? (ability to do well off grass etc?)

WildRoseBeef August 2nd, 2012 03:33

Rhodie: Both, actually. I've heard lots of good things with the Canadian Speckle Park, from the fact that they're docile, great on grass/rangeland and very hardy to good mothers with great calving ease to their excellent carcass characteristics that is competitive to Angus. And yes, they're certainly pretty to look at! :lol: What I don't like about them is that they are not selling for cheap, they're not all that popular (hence the pricey-ness), and there seems to be a bit of variation in certain strains; some are more dairy-ish than others, for instance. But other than that, they look to be some nice animals.

Another growing favorite is Galloway, a very hardy breed that shares same/similar characteristics to the SP above.

juliapeter007 August 26th, 2013 12:58

jonson
 
I think cattle breed is similar to cow but actually it is not cow. You can obtain it in Ghana. It give milk and meet in many farm of Ghana.


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