Tyler Stewart wrote:Hello this is my first post on this forum. I have a few questions about raising cattle. I plan on trying to homestead in the future and I am interested in raising miniature breeds of cattle for personal use and not for selling the meat or the milk because of this I want to raise maybe 2 or 3 cattle. My biggest concurn is my familys safty and im concerned if i get a bull it will try to charge at one of us. I have never been around cows more then just a hour or two.
Will i have problems milking the cow if i keep the bull in the same paddack? I want my wife to be able to milk the cow without the bull charging at her.
If i get a bull do i keep it with the cow and calf year round?
If in diffrent paddocks can the paddocks be right next to each other?
How can i prevent the bull from attacking my wife and young children?
When I decide to get cattle what breeds would you recommend? I have a family of 4 and plan on milking and beef.
Kathleen Sanderson wrote:These considerations are one of the reasons why I stuck with dairy goats, even though I was raised with cows (well, not in the barn -- we had cows, LOL!). A good goat will give as much milk as one of those mini cows anyway, and -- if you have to keep a male -- a buck goat is a LOT less dangerous (though smellier) than a bull of any breed.