Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:JS - you are right. Your area cannot sustain heavy/big cows. And plumber-greg & my herd probably easily maintain at least 1 BCS (maybe 2) higher than your cattle. It's environment. If our cattle went into winter with poor BCS, we couldn't feed them enough to get them into calving condition. Winters are way too harsh. But, summers & fall are lush grasses.
Environment - environment.
I could have sworn I read you write "it snowed 185 days" one year at your place. How, in an area where you have to supplement the land and feed during those 185+ days, can you say your herd "maintains" a higher BCS?
When I hear people speaking in terms of "maintaining condition" it is generally in the sense of what they can do WITHOUT supplement.
Cattle here are their fattest about DEC 1 and then from there gradually lose condition, calve mid jan-feb, then about march 1 they're at their poorest bcs of the year- spring annuals start coming and they start gaining again. They gain till early july maintain till late sep and gain a little from oct-dec1.