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7 years 4 weeks ago #39679 by abycat
Hi everyone

I joined lsb a while ago to read articles and learn.
We JUST purchased our first lifestyle block in the Manawatu :-)
So exciting.

Jody

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7 years 4 weeks ago #507176 by kindajojo
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Welcome Abycat, we are in Halcombe, there are quite a lot of LSBer around in the Manawatu.

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7 years 4 weeks ago #507186 by John M
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Welcome. Bunnythorpe area for me.

Breeding black Wiltshire shedding sheep.

Full shedding, easy care, good feet, easy lambing and good mothering is what it takes to make the breeding cut!

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7 years 4 weeks ago #507264 by abycat
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Thank you :)

Can someone tell me if there are ever 4 day old+ Belted Galloway calves for sale? Either from a farmer or at the Rongotea or Feilding sales? Also what month they are born in?

Thanks

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7 years 4 weeks ago #507265 by muri
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Why do you want belted galloway, what is your goal with your livestock?

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7 years 4 weeks ago #507269 by abycat
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muri;513858 wrote: Why do you want belted galloway, what is your goal with your livestock?

They will be pets. I like Belted Galloways, everything I have heard about them is positive :)

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7 years 4 weeks ago #507270 by Ruth
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What have you heard about BGs crossed with Friesian or Jersey though, since that's what you're really looking at if you're buying them as 4-day calves?

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7 years 4 weeks ago #507278 by abycat
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Ruth;513863 wrote: What have you heard about BGs crossed with Friesian or Jersey though, since that's what you're really looking at if you're buying them as 4-day calves?

I was asking if they are ever available as 4 day old calves or not...

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7 years 4 weeks ago #507280 by muri
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They look cute in paddocks so could be a good choice as a pet and are not too big.
Most beef type cattle are raised on the cow which is why you dont normally get them as young feeder calves.
Its normally only dairy cattle you can pick up as 4 day olds

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7 years 4 weeks ago #507282 by kindajojo
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They come up in July August, just keep you eyes on the rongotea sales, just be aware they will be dairy cross so they will grow larger...cost depends on demand, but be aware if raising on milk power it's not cheap. Better to see if you can locate a farmer and get them at 12 days, pay a bit extra and make sure they get a good fed of colostrum...
I have some mum raised wearers if you want to have a look...

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7 years 4 weeks ago #507285 by abycat
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Thank you Muri and Kindajojo

Yes I am prepared for the expense of milk powder and calf nuts...

We will be building animal shelters and be totally prepared.

I will private message you Kindajojo

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7 years 4 weeks ago #507287 by abycat
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As a side note so you don't think I am totally green, I spent a lot of time on my sisters farm growing up and have raised farm animals before. I have several family members with lifestyle blocks currently but none have Wiltshires or Belted Galloways. I am learning about those breeds and considering all my options.
Thanks for your help :-)

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7 years 4 weeks ago #507290 by Ruth
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abycat;513871 wrote: I was asking if they are ever available as 4 day old calves or not...

Generally as noted above, a 4-day-old calf is coming out of a dairy operation - beef bull over the cow simply to get her back to lactation. Occasionally a beef farmer will have an orphaned or rejected calf which would be that young and often they'll be available for rearing by someone who has the time and wishes to expend the resources on raising such a calf.

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7 years 3 weeks ago #507297 by muri
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A dairy cross for a pet is as good as a purebred, thats not going to affect their ability to fulfil that function.
A dairy cross may have an advantage of not getting too rotund, which seems to be a trait of the galloway, particularly the mini and the midi sizes.

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7 years 3 weeks ago #507298 by Ruth
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Muri, that's not something we're arguing/discussing, only meaning to clarify what Abycat actually wants as well as what she means by the terms she's using.

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