Is this jersey cow close to calving?

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I haven't seen her with other cows, but I will concur with your brother. A cow that starts to use her horns is a bully. And she will get worse. I had a cow that had horns and for 2 lactations, 4 + years, was fine. Then she started using them and became a real b#@*h with them. I caught her hooking calves and so that winter when it got cool, she got her come-uppence and we took them off. She sure got a surprise the first time she went to use them and "nothing happened" because there were no horns. In a group of all having horns, there are few bullies. But when there is one with horns, they become insufferable. She will hurt someone.....

I assume that you are up for the daily milking since you don't think she will take calves. If she does not get milked out then she will get mastitis and you will lose a quarter or 2 at the least.... It takes some dedication so you really need to get the mindset of milking. The less grain you give her will help to keep her production down, but they are bred to milk, so what ever her genetic potential is, her system will try to reach it. Less grain will keep it a smaller amount, but they will milk the fat off their back in the beginning..... alot of hay will help but she will lose weight.
I love your directness! It is refreshing. 💜

When I asked my vet about dehorning her and whether it was painful, his country boy reply was, “God GOD, yes!” That put me off, but I saw her go after a 400 lb calf yesterday right in the ribs. I will not have that! So, I guess a makeover is in her future when it cools off down here in Alabama.

Good news! I found her former owner and got some history on her:

I called the sale barn! They gave me a phone number for the former owner. This was after spending frustrating time trying to find a database to search with her AIN. (840) Is there a searchable database?? I found a Charolais one.

Audrey’s momma was killed when a tree limb fell on her, so they pretty much raised her. The former owner raises beef cattle but got a couple of jerseys to teach his grandkids the old ways. She raised one calf. Didn't have any trouble with calving. He did mention the bullying part. Said she would be about 4 years old.

Here’s the interesting part— she is bred to a brangus bull. 😮 Here I was with dreams of a doe-eyed, buckskin calf! Black will do. 😀 Will bring more money if it’s a bull. Im keeping a heifer! 🤞🏼

Plus, I am rethinking the milking part. Maybe I’ll try an extra calf on her. Either way, I’ll be up bottle feeding or milking! Actually both if she refuses it.
 

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It will NOT HURT HER ...IF... the vet uses a lidocaine type shot to numb it. Our retired vet friend has done several for us... mostly some bought cows, but a couple of my dairy crosses that did not get done young. They will be a bit sore after it wears off... but not really much. The big thing is to get them NUMBED up good... in a good headlock chute... get them cut off and then tie a baling string around the base to slow the bleeding...acts like a tourniquet the vet should pull out the bleeders which causes them to heal better inside and they don't bleed as much.... pack the holes with some cotton and spray with blue cote or something for the flies... in 24-36 hours you can untie the baling string around the horn base and it shouldn't bleed.... the cotton usually comes out on it's own.... have never had any problems with any done like that.... It is funny to see them decide to hook someone and nothing happens...

Heifer cross calf ought to make a good momma... bred back beef... get some nice calves... could even milk a 1/2 beef jersey cross...

If your vet is not "up to" the dehorning, find one that is. It is very doable... and you will be glad that you did it.

So glad you got some info on her... 2nd calf bred brangus ought to be fine for calving...
 
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It will NOT HURT HER ...IF... the vet uses a lidocaine type shot to numb it. Our retired vet friend has done several for us... mostly some bought cows, but a couple of my dairy crosses that did not get done young. They will be a bit sore after it wears off... but not really much. The big thing is to get them NUMBED up good... in a good headlock chute... get them cut off and then tie a baling string around the base to slow the bleeding...acts like a tourniquet the vet should pull out the bleeders which causes them to heal better inside and they don't bleed as much.... pack the holes with some cotton and spray with blue cote or something for the flies... in 24-36 hours you can untie the baling string around the horn base and it shouldn't bleed.... the cotton usually comes out on it's own.... have never had any problems with any done like that.... It is funny to see them decide to hook someone and nothing happens...

Heifer cross calf ought to make a good momma... bred back beef... get some nice calves... could even milk a 1/2 beef jersey cross...

If your vet is not "up to" the dehorning, find one that is. It is very doable... and you will be glad that you did it.

So glad you got some info on her... 2nd calf bred brangus ought to be fine for calving...

Thank you for the detailed info. I think my vet has done it many times. I will follow your advice and make sure she gets numbed really well.

I’m trying to envision what a Brangus/jersey cross would look like. I’m assuming it will be black or brownish. Hopefully, it will have her doe eyes and the rest I don’t know.

Odds of having horns? 50-50? Or higher for horns? I’m guessing higher. Google is not a very good helper on finding pictures of Brangus/jersey cross calves.
 

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Odds of having horns? 50-50? Or higher for horns? I’m guessing higher. Google is not a very good helper on finding pictures of Brangus/jersey cross calves.
The odds of horns are either 50% or 0, depending on the genetics of the bull. If he's homozygous polled, none of his offspring will have horns when bred to a Jersey.
 

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