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I have a group of yearling(14-16 months) heifer brahmans that I would like to AI. I plan to breed at 2 years old. I have yet to see any signs of heat from any of them. I had thought because they mature later than european breeds that they had not begun to cycle yet. Then a friend who breeds them told me they may only show signs at night and maybe for only a short period of time. What should I expect?
 

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Put K-mars on them or one of the other heat deecting devices, or go cheap and just paint their tail heads.

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brahmans are sneaky like dun says. they may not be sexually mature yet though. sometimes some brahmans may be 2 before they cycle. you dont hear of many people AIing brahmans either.
 

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First of all, LOTS of people AI Brahman cattle. Second, dun is correct they are very clever and will usually cycle when your not watching them. I would paint stick them if I were you. Last, they should ALL be cycling by atleast 16 months. It's true they are late maturing but anything that is not cycling till 2 year needs to go in my opinion.
 

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We raise Brahmans, and I may have a few that are "sneaky", but I can generally catch any of them in heat. They tend to "run" the bull more than the Simmentals do, so I can generally tell the Brahmans are coming in heat.

Having said that.. I have had heifers that didn't cycle until they were 18 months old.
 
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