> I would guess you are dealing with
> the genetics the parents passed
> down to this heifer. Height and
> bone strucuture are more often
> controlled by genetics than food,
> unless an animal is starved during
> the time it's growing.
> It would help to know the reason
> she became a bucket calf. Did you
> buy her at the saleyard or from a
> private party? Was her mother
> culled? Was it a feedlot birth?
> Was the heifer the twin of a bull
> calf (if so, your heifer is most
> likely sterile).
> Don't go beating yourself over the
> head about not having kept her on
> the bucket long enough. If you
> gave her good quality milk
> replacer and have fed her good
> quality hay/pasture, then you've
> done the best you can.
> I would suggest a good vet exam.
> Your vet can tell you whether she
> is a heifer that can or should
> reproduce, and can give you a good
> idea of whether she has any
> genetic problems. We bought the calf(Cowley) at a local county sale barn for a bucketcalf project. I have no idea if she is a free-martin or what-ever. I'll go ahead and have the vet evaulate her and go from there. Thanks for your input Linda.--Becky