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Caren

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Posted - Oct 22 2015 :  1:03:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The ranch that I bought my bull from has Landy bloodlines and you might find out more if you visit HoltCreekJerseys.com
Also, it is imperative that all cows be tested for these diseases discussed. I agree that I would be tickled to death if someone asked me detailed questions about my cow husbandry. Once you have a clean cow though you can't let your guard down. Every visitor has to wear plastic booties and gloves and the dairy inspector has to park his vehicle a distance from our barn. We continue to test every year because it is not uncommon for a closed herd to show up with these diseases.
Even The University of Texas mascot Bevo passed away due to Bovine Leukosis; seems this disease must be very prevalent.

maryjane

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Posted - Oct 22 2015 :  7:27:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've heard of Holt Creek Montana but didn't track him back to his origins. What a huge accomplishment, 25 years. What a wealth of knowledge they possess.

I've been concerned with biosecurity for quite some time. My last challenge (that I was working on again two days ago) is how to get regular hoof trims without using other people's equipment like a tilt table. WSU is all about cleanliness but still I wish I were self-sufficient when it comes to hoof trims. How on Earth does someone trim the hooves of a bull without lots of fancy equipment?

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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maryjane

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Posted - Oct 22 2015 :  7:30:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just finished all my testing for Brucellosis, BLV, BVD, Q fever, Johne's, TB, and trich. We're all clear here and Sally was tested for all of the above before she left. Even little Elsa was tested for TB.

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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