Massey135 wrote:Yes there are terminal herefords too.
The reason I suggested using either Angus of hereford for replacements is because you said you already have baldie cows. I will always give up a little hybrid vigor in years I'm keeping replacemts in order to 1) limit the number of breeds in the momma cow and 2) stabilize the genetics in the cow herd. By using hereford or angus, your replacements will be 3/4 one way or the other. Then you can use a bull of the 3rd breed for the terminal cross. This calf will be a 3 way cross- which maximizes the vigor. The f1 momma is obviously most ideal but 3/4 is the next best.
I would never come back over the cows with a bull thats breed was already in my cow heard if maximum performance/hybrid vigor was my goal.
Breed preferences aside, from an ease of management standpoint the straight bred cowherd is hard to beat from the standpoint of the in herd renewal task, unless one has a steady consistent source from which to purchase replacements. The straight bred cow herd, bred terminal or F1 terminal, if one perceives value in a 3 way cross, gets one the benefit of hybrid production with minimal management of breeding logistics. Even in our sparsely populated area coordinating pastures for breeding relative to minimizing grazing impact, ie optimizing rest and preventing mix up with the neighbors cattle or other classes of our own livestock such as stockier heifers is an annual challenge. It has been my experience that any time one can minimize breeding groups/pastures there is a management and quality of life pay off.