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Pineywoods Cattle breed

 
J D Horn
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Any permies with expeience with Pineywoods cattle? How does the beef taste? They are a dual purpose heritage breed acclimated to hot humid areas. The sizing seems good for homesteading. And they eat browse. I've read they even pick ticks off on another.

http://www.helium.com/items/1618981-cattle-breed-facts-pineywoods-cattle

http://www.pcrba.org/
 
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Check out Koinonia Partners. www.koinoniapartners.org It's an intentional community in SW GA. One of the farmers there, Brendan, is way into permaculture and he's getting a herd of these cattle started....
 
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Thanks - I've read about them. It's great that they are getting this breed and helping to bring it back from the edge!
 
David E Green
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We have experience...great cattle. Let us know specific questions.
 
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As far as taste...my family much prefers the pineywoods over our commercial cattle.
 
J D Horn
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Let us know specific questions.


Thanks David.

1. How is their disposition/temperament? The South Polls are super easy going and gentle. I've heard nightmares about Brahmas.

2. Do they breed back consistently?

3. Do they calf without assistance or are you pulling calves?

4. How is their mothering ability? Will the mothers self-wean?

Thanks again!
 
David E Green
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*They are very easy going. No issues with my cattle and humans.
*Breedback wise, mine seem to breed back a little early every year. I started with April Calving, and am now backed up to late Jan/February calving. Next year am going to keep bull separate until late May.
*Never pulled a calf...even with first time heifers. We've been through four or five calving seasons, and this year calved 19 Mommas and 3 heifers.
*Strong protective Mother's...don't really self wean...they just keep right on milking with the next calf (we keep ours a little over two years before butchering)
The few drawbacks are that the sale barns will heavily discount this breed, and that they seem to take longer to get to finish. Mine usually are well into their 3rd summer before finishing (about 26-30 months). We have never had a need to take to sale barn as have a direct marketing outlet, but it would be nice to have the sale barn as a viable option.
 
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