Selling the remainder of our small herd of pasture-fed Jersey cows, having decided (after six years!) to discontinue our farmstead creamery plans. We have 4 cows still available for sale (individually or together) out of 9 originally. $3400 for all four, or $900 each.
Our herd was built up from cows and heifers purchased at a few herd-dispersal auctions in 2012, 2013, and 2014, many of which were Registered, and in turn bred to Genex bulls, meaning all but one (below) could be registered as well.
We graze them on pasture May through November, feed hay over the winter, and besides salt/minerals and 1-3 lbs of grain per day during milking, they are otherwise grass-fed. Electric fence trained. Have been milked in and (over the winter) tied in tie-stalls, thus handled closely. We’ve typically moved to once-a-day milking after 2-3 months fresh. Production did dip down this year, between the summer heat and flies, decline in pasture growth, and we had to feed 1st cut hay for a while before our second cut came in, so they are producing between 2.5 and 4 gallons per day, once-a-day with very little grain.
Two were checked pregnant in mid-August, and the other two have continued to be run with a Milking Shorthorn bull.
We think all would do well joining a larger herd, or being family/homestead cows. All are quite docile and most lead well. All are being machine milked currently, some have been hand milked on occasion, and we expect all would be fine being hand-milked.
“Bridgette” – b. 6.3/2012 Registered
Does not do well in our tie-stalls over the winter, needs free- or box-stall long chain with space
Three-teater, but still a better producer for us
Great nurse cow; has readily adopted and suckled calves in the past
“Cairo” – b. 1/26/2013 Registered
Bit of a slow milker, but best producer we have
Tested negative for Bovine Leukemia Virus
“Summer” – b. 8/15/14 sire Valor, dam Mascot (R, ¼ Holstein, making Summer 1/8 Holstein)
Suckled on a cow as a calf, so was not tied and handled much, is the one cow that does not lead well
Shorter teats, might be hard to hand milk
There are also 2 heifer calves available:
“Esrom” – b. 4/20/18 to Bridgette
“Feta” – b. 4/27/2018 to Summer
Both calves were sired by a ½ Red Devon ½ Jersey bull (from North Country Creamery)
For inquiries, use our contact form here or call Five One Eight – Two Nine Three – Five One Seven Four
We also have a portable bucket milker and pump for sale (can only go after all cows are sold)