I Want A Pet Cow

I want a pet cow and a goat and maybe a couple roosters. I think it would be rejuvenating to wake up in the country or on a ranch. To teach your child about raising pigs (not to eat) and to feed and take care livestock would be a very cool experience. My daughter and I volunteer at the Wild West Ranch in Arvada, Colorado. If you have a child and he/she wants to ride a pony its $5 for an hour you lead your child around the corral. Its pretty cool.

I dont know much about horses but I would love to learn to ride and saddle them up and go for a ride. We actually went on horseback about 3 weeks ago to Beaver Meadows Ranch in Red Feather Lakes, CO and for $35 per person you get 1 hr of horsebackriding. Well worth it. They also have log cabins for $30 a night. Totally recommend this place.

About a cow - not only are they cute but how hard can it actually be to raise a cow? They eat and sleep and grow...

coloradoavonmom coloradoavonmom
36-40, F
2 Responses Mar 11, 2010

Oh and one other thing. Cows shouldn't be treated as pets. They have to learn to respect you and give you your space. Cows, especially those with calves, and bulls, are more dangerous to handle than heifers or steers. Even heifers and steers can be dangerous, especially if you have them cornered and they want to go anywhere except where you want them to go, or if you are not handling them properly. When you by some "pets," make sure you have someone with you that you can trust will give you the benefit of the doubt when purchasing the right kind of cattle. For you, and your inexperience, you have to look for docile, easy-going cattle that are healthy, bright-eyed and in good condition. Choose those that are polled (not horned), because horned cattle are more dangerous than those that are polled. And again, DO NOT PURCHASE A BULL. If you want to breed your cows or heifers, take them to a farm that owns a bull where they can get bred. Bulls with not enough females to mate with that are enough to tire him out for a while are bulls that sexually frustrated and take their frustration out on you, your fences, and even by repeatedly trying to mate with your cows even after they've settled. He will escape if he smells/hears another female in heat a few miles away, and getting him back home will be a bit of a pain. Yearling bulls can breed 15 to 20 females, where mature bulls can breed up to 25 to 30 females. If you have a bull with only 2 or 3 females to breed, you have a trainwreck waiting for a place to happen, guaranteed.

It depends on what you want to use the cow for, or what kind of "cow" you wish to have. FYI, the more precise term for a cow is a female mature bovine who has had a calf, so no she wouldn't be growing like if you had heifers (immature female bovines that have not had a calf), or steers (castrated male bovines). DO NOT GET A BULL. Bulls (intact male bovines) are very dangerous, especially for someone, like yourself, who does not have any experience handling them. If you decide to get a bull calf, castrate him as soon as possible before he gets old enough to start acting on hormones, which often starts occuring by the time he is 6 to 8 months of age.<br />
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There are four things you can have cows for: beef, breeding, milk, or just as a lawn ornament. And you can't just have one cow to look after because cows are herd animals, just like horses, pigs, sheep, goats, and other farm animals. And I wouldn't go the route of purchasing young calves, because calves that are sold, primarily off of dairy farms, are HIGHLY prone to illness and other things if you don't take care of them properly, which means feeding them, shelter, and keeping them out of the cold and wet. Dairy calves tend to have a much higher mortality rate when under the care of those who are "just learning" than if they were under the care of a serrogate cow. Dairy cattle, in general, are also less hardier than beef cattle.<br />
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You need to have your fences, watering facilities, shelter, and feed in place before you go and purchase a couple pet bovines. It's the same thing if you're going to purchase horses, goats, sheep, pigs or chickens, because the last thing you want is for them to be running rampant aroud the country side, suffer under adverse conditions when they don't have a shelter, dehydrate or starve/get malnourished because you forgot to have feed and mineral that they need before they arrive home. You should also plan out a small, simple handling set up to get them in so you can vaccinate or treat them if they get ill. It'll make it easier for the vet too, if you have to call him/her out. A simple head-gate would suffice, provided you have a little entry way or alleyway for them to go down where they have no choice but to go forward towards the head-gate. That always works if you are working with cattle that are not halter-trained nor will let you get near enough to pet them.<br />
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When you have new critters coming to their new home, their going to be testing the fences and walking around the perimeter, checking things out and seeing if they can get back from where they came from. Make sure you have adequate fencing to prevent them from escaping, and be a small enough area for them to stay for the next couple weeks so they can settle down in their new home. <br />
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When they have settled down, you can let them out into the pasture you have for them. For proper stocking rate (how many days they spend on pasture per their size and the health of your pasture), you can either go see your local extension office for info, or talk to some local farmers that have cattle.<br />
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If you run out of pasture, you MUST supply feed. Hay is good enough, but if they are loosing weight on it, you may have to supplement with a little grain. Make sure they have adequate water at all times, as well as a salt/mineral lick.<br />
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Generally, raising cattle is a bit easier than raising other livestock, provided you know what you're doing and how you do it! I wish you luck on your future endeavor, and if you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them!