Breeding age for bulls

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haase

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planning on going to the Wis state sale next weekend, most of the bulls at the sale are yearling bulls with birthdates in march and april. I know it goes the month of bulls age with the number of cows and some people wont use a yearling bull on cows. Would it be ok to use a yearling bull on 10 limi cows? we usually put a bull in in the first part of June so the bulls age would be 14 or 15 months old.
 

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We sell yearling bulls every year for people doing exactly that. Some customers have claimed breeding as many as 20. Others have said the "calves were a little spread out" even on 10. A yearling is more hit and miss than a 2 year old, but should be able to do the job.
 

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I'm not trying to steal this post but would the breed of the bull make a difference?
 

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I have used yearling bulls on 25-30 cows and it worked out for us.I bought a yearling bull from olhde a few years ago he bred 24 cows and gained weight,of course he wasn't butter ball fat when I turned him out.It seems that the way bulls are developed has a lot to do with how many cows they can service.
 

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I had a customer buy a bull from me. He used him at 16 months of age on 43 head! he guy called and complained that he had 3 opens . I took the bull back and gave him his money back also .
 

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crapp that guy knocked the bull out.he quit breeding when they come in heat.an he was shooting blanks.
 

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I wasn't to happy. The bull was shot!! But you know the guy came back 2 years later because he was very happy withthe calves he got. I RAISED!! the price of my bulls ( just on him ) so that way he would either pay ( because I knew what was coming) or go somewhere else . HE PAID!! and he has bought from us since with no problems .
 

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A yearling angus bull bred 27 heifers in 30 days for us last July. There were 10 opens. I would bet they didn't cycle. This bull fleshed well and looked excellent in August. He even had a touch of footrot which was treated for and recovered from quickly. All bulls were definately not created equal.
 

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