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Frustrated-what to do?

Post by tncattle » Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:16 am

We’ve had 11 heifers calve between 2/9—3/28. While I’d like it to be closer together I’ll take it but there are still 6 to go! The other 6 are fairly close but it could still be weeks. I wanted all spring calving here but these laggers are screwing it up. We were going to get our numbers up to 30 head. Should I cull the laggers after they’ve calved and go with some new on time girls? I was wanting to put a bull with them around early May for 60-75 days but obviously the late calving ones won’t get bred. Jerks!



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Re: Frustrated-what to do?

Post by TCRanch » Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:17 am

I still have 3 to calve before we're done & we started end of Feb. But I anticipated this because shortly after we turned the bulls out in late May last year the temps skyrocketed to the mid 90's. We essentially had no spring, went straight to summer & bull activity plummeted. I probably won't cull the laggers yet, thinking about selling them as pairs late summer/early fall when the market is (generally) a little better.

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Re: Frustrated-what to do?

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:52 am

tncattle wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:16 am
We’ve had 11 heifers calve between 2/9—3/28. While I’d like it to be closer together I’ll take it but there are still 6 to go! The other 6 are fairly close but it could still be weeks. I wanted all spring calving here but these laggers are screwing it up. We were going to get our numbers up to 30 head. Should I cull the laggers after they’ve calved and go with some new on time girls? I was wanting to put a bull with them around early May for 60-75 days but obviously the late calving ones won’t get bred. Jerks!
Sell me the late calving gals and I'll put them in my fall calving group.
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Re: Frustrated-what to do?

Post by 1982vett » Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:15 am

Yep....either go with what you got or make a change....

Since I calve year round it doesn't make much difference until I see a pattern of them being late. then they get fired.
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Re: Frustrated-what to do?

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:09 pm

I would put the bull in with all of them for your designated number of days. Ones that don't get bred, you can sell in the fall.
Obviously, you didn't pull your bull last year in your designated 60-75 days??
As mentioned, you can split and have two 60 days calving seasons - spring & fall.
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Re: Frustrated-what to do?

Post by bse » Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:39 pm

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:09 pm
I would put the bull in with all of them for your designated number of days. Ones that don't get bred, you can sell in the fall.
Obviously, you didn't pull your bull last year in your designated 60-75 days??
As mentioned, you can split and have two 60 days calving seasons - spring & fall.
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Re: Frustrated-what to do?

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:07 am

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:09 pm
I would put the bull in with all of them for your designated number of days. Ones that don't get bred, you can sell in the fall.
Obviously, you didn't pull your bull last year in your designated 60-75 days??
As mentioned, you can split and have two 60 days calving seasons - spring & fall.
He bought them as bred heifers.
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Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:10 am

Oops sorry about that. "Obviously, your SELLER didn't pull his bull" LOL
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Re: Frustrated-what to do?

Post by Aaron » Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:13 am

Splitting the calving season will be the cheapest route. Selling the late ones in fall as breds, buying back ones that fit your dates, will be 2nd best option.
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Re: Frustrated-what to do?

Post by Stocker Steve » Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:33 am

TennesseeTuxedo He bought them as bred heifers. [/quote wrote:
Then resell them and replace them with cows.
Hard to come out messing with sub fertile heifers.
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Re: Frustrated-what to do?

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:58 am

Stocker Steve wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:33 am
TennesseeTuxedo He bought them as bred heifers. [/quote wrote:
Then resell them and replace them with cows.
Hard to come out messing with sub fertile heifers.
Excellent suggestion and I'm his buyer, at a steep discount of course, the are sub fertile after all.
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