Farming is an excellent way for one to learn responsibilities and develop a superior work ethic. For a person to become a farmer he or she would have to either own a plot of land or have access to land. For one to be a successful farmer he or she must be able to withstand what the farming life has to offer. If one were to become a dairy and beef cattle farmer he or she would be able to support his or her families with the products that are obtained from these creatures.
The first dairy cows were brought to the United States by the settlers who came to the Plymouth Colony in the seventeenth century. The dairy cow is characterized by its lean angular form and a well developed mammary system. Their bodies are especially adapted to convert feed into the maximum amount of high- quality milk. “Originally, farms were primarily small producing just enough for the family and perhaps some extra to trade in larger towns for goods not available on the farm” (“Brief”). At first, family farms would have one or two cows to milk and to help in the fields. Once the refrigerated rail cars were inverted, farmers began importing high milk producing cows. By the early 1900s the farms were filled with jerseys.
The jersey breed is the smallest type of cattle. A mature cow weighs approximately nine hundred to eleven hundred pounds, and a mature bull weighs thirteen hundred to sixteen hundred pounds. The jersey breed derives from the Island of Jersey, where they are even smaller in stature. On the Island of Jersey a mature cow may weigh one thousand pounds. “In this country a large number of breeders have
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