Meuse Rhine Issle

Discussion in 'Dairy Farming' started by holywell farmer, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. just out of interest is breed very popular in the uk ?
     
  2. Will Blackburn

    Location:
    Cheshire
    No, not in the slightest.
     
  3. salers

    salers Member

    Large herd at Gwaenysgor.
     
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  4. Had one at work that was cheap out of mart. Milked ok, was a quiet cow, got in calf and lasted well.
     
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  5. milkloss

    milkloss Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    The old man was into this sort of stuff: MRI, montbelliarde and rotebund (rotebunte?). My opinion was that if you’re going to milk a cow then get a milking cow. Those breeds didn’t do anything particularly well.
     
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  6. There’s a few about. Calves seem to sell well.
     
  7. dazza b

    dazza b Member

    Location:
    Lancaster
    Dad used to milk pures (mri) and crosses a few with Holsteins milked Fairley well and bull calves were cracking, very placid as well these were imported from Holland
     
  8. mo!

    mo! Member

    Location:
    York
    Our experience of trying to fatten them is that they look good but grow slowly. They will be MRI crosses though.
     
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  9. AGN76

    AGN76 Member

    Location:
    north Wales
    Is/was largest in UK. Using Red and white Holstein now I think
     
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  10. jondear

    jondear Member

    Location:
    Devon
    Depends a bit on the type of farming system your trying to run .
     
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  11. Loner

    Loner Member

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Hi , just got this link for the breed, evidently there are stock available for sale in the UK.
    http://www.mri.org.uk/
     
  12. And think near Rhyl a herd too,
     
  13. I hear there breed of cow which does very well on grass, better than Holstein
     
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  14. sidjon

    sidjon Member

    Location:
    EXMOOR
    We had some, sold them as single suck cows, never again :banghead::banghead:
     
  15. I helped put some MRI's through the ring at a dispersal a few years ago. Absolutely obstinate b***ers and a good job the dry ones had tail tapes on, so we could tell the dry ones from those that had to be milked after leaving the ring!
     
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  16. We had about half a dozen back in the 70's just after I left school, think the AI bull was called Gerrit. Was just an experiment really on our Fresian cows before we moved over to pedigree Holsteins. I seem to recall some came red and white ,some black.
    They were nothing special and with regard to beefing quality I remember them being not much different to the fat dumpy Dutch bred fresians that we had at the time.
    I think a few people persevered with them for a few years.
     
  17. lazy farmer

    lazy farmer Member

    Location:
    som/dor border
    My best ever cow was an mrix Holstein
    Weighed around 550kg and produced 700kgs of solids per season. Lasted 7-8 lactations no health issues. Her only “issue” was stopping on the tracks and not letting any others get by her. I used to keep her in and let her out last!
     
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  18. That's interesting lazy, maybe they were ahead of their time, I know generally they produced good solids and I imagine could have had a place today in a crossbreeding program .Lack of marketing or breed development maybe! ?
     
  19. My relatives herd had MRI cow it was nothing special in milk yield,
     
  20. Will Blackburn

    Location:
    Cheshire
    Yes, but there's better grass cows about.
     
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