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SallyintNorth

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Re: Ideal cattle starter breeds
« Reply #15 on: July 25, 2012, 12:57:57 pm »
Gloucesters are gorgeous - but they're a dairy cow, aren't they? - the traditional milk cow behind Double Gloucester cheese.  (And for that, I think I remember reading that they need to be eating grass grown on the 'marl' - Gloucestershire chalkland meadows.)
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Shropshirelass

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Re: Ideal cattle starter breeds
« Reply #16 on: July 25, 2012, 07:12:31 pm »
No according to the Gloucester cattle society they are a dual purpose breed & there are many traditional dual -       purpose breeds (e.g for beef & dairy)  mentioned above which include the Longhorns, Shorthorns, Gloucesters & Irish Moiled.

I think for a small starter herd I'd be tempted to go with 3 Irish moiled & 3 Gloucester cows in calf - & have them Artificially inseminated for a few years, so I could breed pure unrelated animals & sell off or slaughter excess bull calves as beef cattle before 32 months, & Heifer calves could stay in the herd if they make the grade, or go for slaughter as  beef animals again or be used in the main herd. That way 2 small herds can gradually be built up before introducing any Bulls - so their defo 2 breeds to look into x

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Re: Ideal cattle starter breeds
« Reply #17 on: October 07, 2012, 05:13:35 pm »
Been following this thread with interest .... I too am wondering what breed.  I'm after a dual purpose which will produce good meat and will give me the option of a house cow.    interested in the Gloucester idea as hadn't realised this was dual purpose either ...... has anyone any experience of them as house cow or beef producers?
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SallyintNorth

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Re: Ideal cattle starter breeds
« Reply #18 on: October 07, 2012, 07:08:49 pm »
Been following this thread with interest .... I too am wondering what breed.  I'm after a dual purpose which will produce good meat and will give me the option of a house cow.    interested in the Gloucester idea as hadn't realised this was dual purpose either ...... has anyone any experience of them as house cow or beef producers?
Doubtful - they're incredibly rare, only a handful of herds left, I understand.  I'd love to hear about anyone who's had any too  :) 

Your local breed would be Welsh Black - lovely cattle, great suckler cows, producing good beefy offspring, but should be quiet enough to be a house cow.  I don't know if anyone on here has used one as a house cow?
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Re: Ideal cattle starter breeds
« Reply #19 on: October 07, 2012, 08:16:00 pm »
Oh, yes - they're beautiful. It's their milk that makes Double Gloucester cheese

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Re: Ideal cattle starter breeds
« Reply #20 on: October 08, 2012, 09:05:04 am »
 :wave: thanks Salllyintnorth ... Welsh Black was where I started this thought process and after going to a restauant charging a third again for welsh Black steak to their other steak I pretty much made up my mind.  But is there anyone who has milked welsh blacks?  I'd like to know what sort of mixed suckler/house cow they would make.  (I don't need loads of milk)

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