Buther Virgin Bulls?

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Buther Virgin Bulls?

Post by Black and Good » Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:34 am

I been told many times by vets etc. that butchering 12 to 18 month old virgin bulls is not a lot different from steers. Any and all opinions would be appreciated. I have a lot of repeat customers that keep wanting beef but, now I'm in the seedstock business and at this time all I have are cull virgin bulls that to me are getting to big to band/cut. They are on a good feed program. Thanks for the input. B&G


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Re: Buther Virgin Bulls?

Post by Ky hills » Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:15 am

Black and Good wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:34 am
I been told many times by vets etc. that butchering 12 to 18 month old virgin bulls is not a lot different from steers. Any and all opinions would be appreciated. I have a lot of repeat customers that keep wanting beef but, now I'm in the seedstock business and at this time all I have are cull virgin bulls that to me are getting to big to band/cut. They are on a good feed program. Thanks for the input. B&G
We had a 15 or 16 month old Angus bull processed for beef a few years ago. I had kept him to use in our herd, but decided that his feet and legs were not sound looking enough to suit me, so we, sold the steer we kept back to feed out and fed out the bull instead. The meat was excellent, I would not hesitate to feed out another bull at all if the opportunity arose. In fact I have often thought about selecting a calf and leaving it a bull for the very purpose, because I have not seen any benefit to processing a steer. We have done both and both have turned out well. Years ago when I was in the registered cattle circles, it was fairly common for some to feed out and butcher bulls that they did not sell.

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Post by Nesikep » Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:16 pm

I've butchered a 2 year old bull that serviced a few cows, meat was great
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Post by southernultrablack » Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:08 pm

Done exactly what your talking about with probably the same type of cattle and have not had any issues at all.

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Post by SmokinM » Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:04 pm

If your cattle are quiet and your slaughter house keeps them that way you won’t have an issue. Yield is better to on a bull generally. Most of the ones I send are bulls.

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Post by Black and Good » Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:52 am

I just realized my typo on the title! LOL "Butcher"
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Post by TexasBred » Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:16 pm

We had a young holstein bull get electrocuted, cut his throat, loaded him on back of flatbed truck and hauled to the locker plant. Meat was out of this world and he was steady breeding cattle. Weighed about 1500 lbs and was eating all he wanted of a good TMR on the dairy.
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Post by Stocker Steve » Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:40 pm

TexasBred Meat was out of this world and he was steady breeding cattle. [/quote wrote:
I think you should let him ride a couple cows first, to insure that he is in a good mood. :nod:
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Post by NonTypicalCPA » Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:20 pm

Would you guys come to the same conclusion with a 24mo old slower growing breed (Belties)? I could check off one more thing on my to-do list.

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Post by TexasBred » Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:36 pm

Stocker Steve wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:40 pm
TexasBred Meat was out of this world and he was steady breeding cattle. [/quote wrote:
I think you should let him ride a couple cows first, to insure that he is in a good mood. :nod:
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Post by chaneysranch » Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:43 pm

We processed our 2 1/2 year old Jersey bull, he became quite a menace. Charging fences, attacking the tractor and the unbelievable growls he let out. My husband decided time to go before he hurt someone. He was our breeding bull at the time. Popped him right in the pasture and had a big pitch with friends getting him dressed out. Meat was awesome! They don't get taint like a boar hog or goat buck do. If I had the additional land I wouldn't bother cutting the steers! I don't want any accidental breeding.

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Re: Buther Virgin Bulls?

Post by Redgully » Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:40 am

TexasBred wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:16 pm
We had a young holstein bull get electrocuted, cut his throat, loaded him on back of flatbed truck and hauled to the locker plant. Meat was out of this world and he was steady breeding cattle. Weighed about 1500 lbs and was eating all he wanted of a good TMR on the dairy.
Would love to hear the back story, not everyday you hear that.

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Re: Buther Virgin Bulls?

Post by TexasBred » Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:35 pm

Redgully wrote:
Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:40 am
TexasBred wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:16 pm
We had a young holstein bull get electrocuted, cut his throat, loaded him on back of flatbed truck and hauled to the locker plant. Meat was out of this world and he was steady breeding cattle. Weighed about 1500 lbs and was eating all he wanted of a good TMR on the dairy.
Would love to hear the back story, not everyday you hear that.
Bull along with quite a few cows were all under a shed attached to a tin barn. Apparently there was an electrical short in the small barn and when the bull stuck his wet nose to the barn it knocked him and several cows down; Appeared to kill him instantly. The real story was us driving down the busiest highway in the county in a one ton flat bed truck with that big a$$ pull stretched across the bed with his throat cut. :lol2:
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Re: Buther Virgin Bulls?

Post by Redgully » Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:09 am

TexasBred wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:35 pm
Redgully wrote:
Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:40 am
TexasBred wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:16 pm
We had a young holstein bull get electrocuted, cut his throat, loaded him on back of flatbed truck and hauled to the locker plant. Meat was out of this world and he was steady breeding cattle. Weighed about 1500 lbs and was eating all he wanted of a good TMR on the dairy.
Would love to hear the back story, not everyday you hear that.
Bull along with quite a few cows were all under a shed attached to a tin barn. Apparently there was an electrical short in the small barn and when the bull stuck his wet nose to the barn it knocked him and several cows down; Appeared to kill him instantly. The real story was us driving down the busiest highway in the county in a one ton flat bed truck with that big a$$ pull stretched across the bed with his throat cut. :lol2:
Well that is about as unlucky as you can get. You'd think a fuse or safety switch would have tripped first. Having said that i guess it was lucky it wasn't you who touched the shed. I bet you had some strange looks on that drive!

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