Better Foragers - The Little RED COW

She will eat what there is to eat.
Be sure she has feed not weeds
Be sure the feed is safe.
Livestock death from feeding high nitrate hay or forage is a problem in some areas.
Are you testing your feed?

Test kits cost less than $5 per test is it worth it to lose even one animal? Order one from us now we accept Paypal. The little red cow eats what you put in front of her, and during a drought that means she can eat bad forage. Forage Nitrate Test Kits use to be available at local FSA offices, not any more. As we were unable to find kits locally, we now sell them. FSA or AG services, contact us for quantity discounts. Email for information on our kits email for info. Small kit 4 tests for $35.00 Medium kit $50.00 for 8 tests. Affordable way to protect your livestock. Plus Tax & UPS.


<h3> WHAT is a RED POLL?</h3>

NOW SO WHAT IS A RED POLL ANYWAY? It is a breed.

Red Poll is a breed of cattle. Red Poll Cattle were popular in the 1890s. In England today they are a rare breed. Her majesty The Queen of England created a Society to save them from becoming extinct. They are trying to help promote the breed for its economic important traits. We may not need an oxen to pull a plow or a wagon, but there is a need for calm easy to handle cattle. We may not need dual purpose cattle, nor is there many who want to milk a cow, that makes enough milk to raise a calf at the same time. Dual purpose was important to the frontier at a time when homesteading was a way to get land. This breed and all dual purpose breeds were bred to work and to milk and to raise meat. As times changed the settlers buy bulls and bred for bigger beef cattle better able to winter and protect themselves in a hostile enviorment. Wolves did not have it easy taking a calf away from horned cattle. Hereford and longhorns dominated for much of the earily rangeland history. Cattlemen have been rearranging the cow to meet their needs, and will continue to do that to meet the market demands. The genetics of the Red Poll breed for a time in the 1940 was focused on dairy. Rail cars rolled from fair to fair promoting the breed as a specialty dairy animal, as the rich milk was more like goat milk. As some people cannot tolerate milk, and this was a time when milkmen delivered milk to the homes of people in the cities. Red Poll dairy farms found a place along with Jersy and Gurnsey and Airshire dairys. Red Poll milk did not make most babies with milk allergies sick, so they had a niche market will into the fifties. The last Red Polled dairy was in Ponocka Canada and in the late sixties, they started selecting sires for beef traits. The small breed did not make enough milk, and soon all the dairy farms had Holsteins. Even today most dairy farms have only Hoilsteins. Some Red Polled breeders continued to believe the tenderness of the meat and the quality of milk and grass fattened beef would become popular again as they realized the efficiency and flavor. They continued to raise purebred cattle for meat and selected for beef traits. With all the showing and judging as a dairy animal the breed has excellent udder and passes on this important trait. The breed was used by the Australians, in developing their breed called the Low-lines. Red Poll are being used in cross breeding programs. Some of the Red Angus and composites have Red Poll genetics. A smaller animal, but not a miniature breed, the Red Roll is practical size for small landowners. She is considered a good choice for introducing younger children to animal care. Whether just a 4-Her learning responsibility or experiencing the fun of showing for the first time. The calm animals can be handled by smaller persons or older persons with less risk of injury. Breed traits of importance were developed as breeders focused on characteristics to help their cattle gain acceptance. The relationship between good temperaments and performance and handling helps the animal gain well which improves grade or the finish, and the tenderness gene is highly valued. The ability to forage, marbling, produce steaks of the preferred size, and feed efficiency is helping the breed find a place in many new breeding programs, the right size, weight, choice grade, brings a premium price. The docile temperament, and a cow that can fatten her calf quickly on rich milk, keep her calf on her until it is 8 or 9 months old without loss of fertility or her own body condition is important. This extended nursing, effects the fertility and breeding back of most cattle, but she is an easy fleshing animal, and rebreds easily. Red Poll having exceptionally tender meat, and Breeders testing for this inherited a tenderness gene has created the three star system. Red Poll have no horns which is economically important as no stress or cost or loss of gain. As quiet and calm animals do not have as many health problems as high strung or flighty animals, it is believed that this will help the breed gain in the organic market, where no antibotics and health is critical. Genetic traits of value: Milk Quality, Milk Type, Udder features, Fertility, Foraging ability, Efficency, Friendly-Calm, sound structure,polled (without horns) and Tenderness Gene. Add in a reputation for "doing well" during droughts and in places where droughts are common this efficient forager, is finding a place in sustainable and organic farming and small farms when people want to raise their own beef, and into 4H and FFA projects.

Most important purchase made anually for cattle profit is the herd sire. This decision determines how much time you will spend, what percentage of live calves you will have to sell. Calving ease is more than sire EPDs. What is the body shape, vigor at birth, actual birth weight of that sire. The sire contributes 40% to the calf, but he influences the whole calf crop. Meeting what the buyers are looking for is getting harder and harder. Breed for calving ease and you lose some growth and now the cattle have gotten too big and are hard to finish and costly to feed in my area. I can feed three or four red poll cows for what I would feed two big breed cows. How does that work for pounds? My best big cows raised 550 to 650 pound calves so 2 = average of 12-1300# of calf to sell. Three Red poll average 1500# and four produce 2000#. What are your costs? I found I could not afford salvage yard bulls because of the risk of disease. I found great inconsistancy in performance and no uniformity after using a variety of different breed bulls. If the average mother cow is too big to perform under your pasture and feed situation, it is time for change. Are your calves hitting the weight to bring you optimum return or are you calving too earily fighting coyotes, cold, and not having the premium preferred size at sale time? As a small operator, we went from irriagted pasture to dryland and found cow size matters. To keep a cow in breeding condition you must match her to the feed to bred. Weaning big calves can wreck breeding, but not with red poll. I need cattle as a management tool to properly harvest grasses not in hay ground. We were unable to find local cattle and bred influences for our needs. We are too old for crazy cows.
Tired of wild calves and fense crawling cows and calves we had to change or get out of it. After evaluation we followed a different path of convenience. Lets raise small, efficient, cattle we can enjoy during our retirement. Maybe there are others with age or little experience that would like to raise a calf or milk a cow. The breed still has a few cows that make just alittle too much milk to be a beef cow and those cows could make the family milk cow. Milked a cow. Milked a heifer. Very easy to work with and the milk was extraordinary. We discovered Red Poll is a rare breed and this would be a great lose as it was an important cross and still has great potential. First time cattle owner or back yeard farmer may find this is just what you are looking for as we did. Small is o.k. as long as not too small and they are not. Average is 950-1100 mature cow size. What was old can be new again, Red Poll, the breed of cattle for a new time. When the attitude is conservation, care and less impact, she is a selective browser if given a large area. She is not fussy or picky, but prefers grass and alfalfa. Good enough for the Queen of England, the taste is very good. email us for more info Go Red Poll Cow improves udder

Junior Herd Sire: Flame's Power Bull Born2/24/05
Birth Wt EPD 1 Wn Wt -5 Milk 8 Mat M&G 5 Yg -6
Real BW 79# Real Actual Wn WT: 705 Actual Yg WT 1056
EPD is helpful, but 40% of the calf is what the sire expresses in genetic potential. Looking at his mother and sire and this young prospects performance and his disposition, we selected this Junior for use on our heifers in 2007. Now proven on crossbred herd, he is our herd sire 2009. Here is a crossbred calf he sired.
We are call this our Red Poll Recovery Program at the Rattlesnake Ranch.

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