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  1. J

    Co-mingling bulls

    I’ve found it best to give them a bigger pen with good fence preferably electric and feed them a bit spread out so they don’t all have to be close together. Avoid mixing bulls right before breeding. Sure wonder what other people’s tricks are for introducing new bulls.
  2. J

    Grafting a calf

    Most usually work out here but this pair I’m dealing with now the cow is gonna get hobbles today. Never used them before. See how things turn out.
  3. J

    Grafting a calf

    how long did it take before your cow gave in? I have one here that I put a calf on her a few days after she lost hers and I didn’t bother with skinning her old calf she didn’t seem to care for it anyways. A week of locking her up twice a day to let calf feed and it’s getting to be an old chore...
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    Max price on a Bull for commercial use

    Yes as silver mentioned that’d be in Canadian dollar. We ship our calves in Lloydminster, Sk. 6 weights in fall.
  5. J

    Bull & Breeding Costs ?

    You just need to have a lot of bull power to use this. That’s where with AI it doesn’t matter if 20 or 30 come in heat same day.
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    Bull & Breeding Costs ?

    Okay yes I realize it’s not free. My pasture grazing is .85/ pair per day. X 3 days equals $2.55. Cuts into the $18 a little but My 3 days sooner was just a wild guess. I think it’s on the moderate side. I doubt anyone would say that cows calving earlier in the season would be a disadvantage...
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    Bull & Breeding Costs ?

    We are AI off natural heats too but with a shot of estrumate on day 5 we tighten the AI to 12 days. It’s still Is a bit labour intensive but I think we are actually getting the cows to calve earlier than they would with sending them out to pasture. If on average u speed them up even 3 days...
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    Any Update on Charlo

    Well either way 11 years old ain’t bad for a bull.
  9. J

    Bull & Breeding Costs ?

    I would agree that AI is not always better. U can go backwards pretty quick by picking the wrong bulls AI or not. Picking proven bulls tends to be the least risk.
  10. J

    Bull & Breeding Costs ?

    As mentioned by the OP, the number of cows is the key along with a bull that will last for more than a few breeding seasons. I have a small herd. I do 100% AI without a cleanup bull. My cost to AI is between $65-$80 per calf. I’m not sure about your feed situation but I’d say that number could...
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    Any Update on Charlo

    What’s the story on Charlo? Any idea what happened to him
  12. J

    Bull & Breeding Costs ?

    What do u figure Labour is for AI. Seems to be biggest downside. I figured in 20 bucks a head. Feeding bulls and fixing fence is a bit of cost and Labour there too.
  13. J

    Bull & Breeding Costs ?

    At first I was a little surprised i wasn’t saving more by AI but it’s the end product I’m after. I’m looking for replacements for my cow herd, heifers to sell as breds, keeping our own bulls for bred heifer program and for cleanup bulls. Between those things is where it really pays for me. One...
  14. J

    Bull & Breeding Costs ?

    I did some quick figuring AI vs traditional. AI is just a tad more expensive on getting cows bred but I’ve found a more upside in the replacements u get from AI. Which is the real reason why I started.
  15. J

    Max price on a Bull for commercial use

    We’ve tried quite a few different things. We’ve bought a number of yearling bulls some turn out and some don’t and some don’t get a chance due to injury of some sort. We’ve kept some from our own breeding and I have one really good Bull from that. There is a one breeder not far away that I...
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    Max price on a Bull for commercial use

    Some of you have asked how many cows The Bull would breed. We typically run 1 bull per 25 cows. I think that’d be fairly normal rate. And we don’t always get as many years out of a bull as we’d like but I think on average we’d get 4 breeding seasons before it’s time for new genetics. So 100...
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    Max price on a Bull for commercial use

    Being that Bull sale season is on or near the end.. what is your max price for buying a bull to use in a Commercial Herd? Some sales you see they go up to 10 grand or higher and they go to a non purebred ranch. Some of us wonder how can that pay for himself. I think my max would be 5-6000...
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    GPS tracking ear tags 👍🏽 Or 👎🏽

    It says it’ll be coming out in Canada in May. Once it does I’ll try and remember to update the price here.
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    GPS tracking ear tags 👍🏽 Or 👎🏽

    Sounds like a good place to put those tags on a couple animals in your herd to keep track of where the herd is at. That’s why I was thinking of using these tags in first place. If it can save u a bit of time getting to where herd is than it’s worth it. If it’s not worth your time looking for...
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    GPS tracking ear tags 👍🏽 Or 👎🏽

    Being trackable tags then at least you can find them again. I wondered if you could put them back on or when u sell an animal if u can take it off and keep the tags in your herd.
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