Dry Heifers

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randiliana

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We sold our dry yearlings today. Brought them home Mon. and weighed them, and had the vet out on Tues. to pregcheck. Also brought home 4 pairs and weighed both the cows and calves.

Heifers averaged 971 lbs and 2.24 lbs/day on crested wheat pasture. So, we are pretty happy with that. They are all March/Apr born heifers. Lightest heifer was 840 and the heaviest was 1119.

Had 6 dry's, 4 of which were ones we bought this spring. So not too happy with that. Out of 9 700-800 lb heifers that we bought this spring 4 were dry. But we averaged $100/head over what we paid for them. Don't think that quite paid the pasture bill on them, but could have been a lot worse. I don't think we will be doing it again though. Average weight on the 7 heifers we sold was 902 at $.86. One smaller one sure pulled the average down.

Interestingly, the 4 cows we weighed were 1406, 1444, 1445, and 1446. Their calves were 438, 548, 563, and 595 respectively. The Milk cow was 1545 and has 3 calves on her weighing 380, 425 and 473 for a total of 1278. All the calves have another 4-6 weeks left before we wean. The cows were somewhat heavier than what we expected, but, there was no science that went into choosing these 4, they were just the first 4 pair that we sorted off. We've only culled 2 cows in the last 9 years that were over the 1400 lb mark!
 

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sounds like you have had some good grazing up there. Cows are in good flesh going into Winter. 8)
Are the Dry heifers open? didn't breed for some reason?
 
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mnmtranching":3l5vdy3r said:
sounds like you have had some good grazing up there. Cows are in good flesh going into Winter. 8)
Are the Dry heifers open? didn't breed for some reason?

Yes, the grazing was good this year, and we had a cooler than normal summer with less flies than usual, makes for a good grazing season.

Yes, the drys are open, means the same thing here. They just didn't breed, for whatever reason. No second chances on the yearlings!
 

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