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Heifer/Bull ratios

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:08 pm
by Nesikep
What's everyone getting for heifer bull ratios.. I'm currently at 2 to 6, one of my friends is at 5 to 32!

Re: Heifer/Bull ratios

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:20 pm
by Silver
I don't feel quite so bad. I was at 2:1 for awhile, but now the steers are only 10 back.

Re: Heifer/Bull ratios

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:31 pm
by TCRanch
Hard tie. But mine have been pretty much 50/50 the past few years so not surprising. Little over halfway through, time will tell.

Re: Heifer/Bull ratios

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:12 pm
by Nesikep
Last year was 16 bulls 8 heifers.. and only one prime replacement, one acceptable one.. I had a 3rd candidate but her mother adopted my orphan so she was short of milk. That cow had another heifer this year.. I'm definitely not LETTING her adopt!..

Re: Heifer/Bull ratios

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:21 pm
by True Grit Farms
Close to 2:1 but should have a couple of keepers, that I really don't want.

Re: Heifer/Bull ratios

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:15 pm
by snoopdog
5 heifers, 10 bulls, steers tomorrow, all but one

Re: Heifer/Bull ratios

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:11 pm
by Aaron
Oh man oh man, hope I have those kind of numbers this year. Herd is pretty much done building, need lots of years of steers. 1:4 heifer to steer ratio would be great. Last time it happened was 1997 which was also the last time we had a winter like this one. Hopefully it is a pattern.

Re: Heifer/Bull ratios

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:15 pm
by sim.-ang.king
I was 1:1 till back on Monday morning when I had 5 bulls born within 4 hours. Now it's 3:2

Re: Heifer/Bull ratios

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:11 am
by Nesikep
Aaron wrote:
Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:11 pm
Oh man oh man, hope I have those kind of numbers this year. Herd is pretty much done building, need lots of years of steers. 1:4 heifer to steer ratio would be great. Last time it happened was 1997 which was also the last time we had a winter like this one. Hopefully it is a pattern.
I've lost/sold 7 cows in the last 365 days.. only have 4 heifers coming in this year and 3 the next... I'm going to have to put up with some old nags that have been reliable but not great for a while yet.. I need the heifers and from good cows.

Re: Heifer/Bull ratios

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:04 am
by Coosh71
We are 50/50 and CALVED OUT! WHOOO. Took 3 years of culling and backing up calving but we called out fast this year. Last year we were 90/10 heifers to bulls. Year before 80/20 bulls. Crap shoot

Re: Heifer/Bull ratios

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:40 pm
by Franke
8 heifers 18 bulls so far.

Re: Heifer/Bull ratios

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:01 pm
by Brute 23
Ours is allover the place but its usually the exact opposite of what I want. Last year had one place go 80% bulls. Same place went 80% heifers this year.

Put the Hereford bull on the Brahmans this past year and the calves just started dropping. He is usually more bull dominant but we have 3 F1 heifers on the ground right now. I'm expecting that tide to turn any day. :)

Re: Heifer/Bull ratios

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:43 pm
by JMJ Farms
Hopefully not Brute. I’m assuming you want the heifers. My Brahman cross Hereford F1s have averaged 1:1 over the last two years.

On some of my older Brangus cows that I really want to retain some heifers out of, seems they tend to throw bulls. I catch myself complaining bc I want the heifers, but these old hags raise a heck of a steer so I win either way.

Re: Heifer/Bull ratios

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:28 pm
by TCRanch
JMJ Farms wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:43 pm
Hopefully not Brute. I’m assuming you want the heifers. My Brahman cross Hereford F1s have averaged 1:1 over the last two years.

On some of my older Brangus cows that I really want to retain some heifers out of, seems they tend to throw bulls. I catch myself complaining bc I want the heifers, but these old hags raise a heck of a steer so I win either way.
Two years ago I finally got the heifer I'd been praying for from my oldest (and best!) cow. I hate her! Well, maybe not hate but definitely not feeling the love. She's a bred heifer this year, due next month. Doubtful motherhood will make her simmer down & become less high strung. I predict a trailer in her future.

Re: Heifer/Bull ratios

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:47 pm
by JMJ Farms
TCRanch wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:28 pm
JMJ Farms wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:43 pm
Hopefully not Brute. I’m assuming you want the heifers. My Brahman cross Hereford F1s have averaged 1:1 over the last two years.

On some of my older Brangus cows that I really want to retain some heifers out of, seems they tend to throw bulls. I catch myself complaining bc I want the heifers, but these old hags raise a heck of a steer so I win either way.
Two years ago I finally got the heifer I'd been praying for from my oldest (and best!) cow. I hate her! Well, maybe not hate but definitely not feeling the love. She's a bred heifer this year, due next month. Doubtful motherhood will make her simmer down & become less high strung. I predict a trailer in her future.
Now K, you know these cows are just like you girls..... The ones that are high strung are always the best :lol2: