> All I know is horses, i know
> nothing about cattle. So I am
> looking for some opinions. Two
> years ago, I aquired a calf. I'm
> assuming by looks a jersey bull
> calf. When he was 7 months old I
> had him crimped, because of
> stories that I would not be able
> to manage him as a bull. OK, he
> is, I guess, you would say, is
> steered. Yes? I take him for
> walks,and even nap on him, I
> understand every moo. He knows his
> name and gives kisses when
> asked.But he does not like
> stangers. My question is, will he
> being steered stay nice to me? Or
> will he turn bad like many people
> tell me.
I never have been around Jersey's that got more than about a year old, but there seems to be pretty universal belief (I assume for well documented reasons) that dairy bulls are the most ornery and unpredictable of all the breeds and that Jersey bulls are the worst of the dairy breeds. Being a steer, in the future he may not be as ornery as a bull but you better keep a close eye on him, especially if you are around him along with some strangers. My dad gave me some real sound advise years ago, to wit: "never completely trust a bull no matter how tame you think he is". There are many people hurt by "tame" bulls every year and unfortunately some are even killed. Just a few years ago a lifelong rancher from my hometown was killed by his bull. And you've probably heard about how Lyle Lovett got badly mauled by his "pet" Charolais bull last year after the bull attacked Lyle's uncle.
If you were my sister, wife, etc. ---- I'd urge you to turn that Jersey into hamburger and get youself another pet that was not a male bovine.