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What is the easyest type of cow that doesnt require as much attention when Caving? What are the Cattle prices like right now for that breed of cow/cafe
 
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> What is the easyest type of cow
> that doesnt require as much
> attention when Caving? What are
> the Cattle prices like right now
> for that breed of cow/cafe It's not a breed it's a type you want a thrifty moderate 1100 lb cow with good cervical measurements and NARROW shoulders You don't want something that looks like a feeder steer on fence posts. These cattle tend to be fairly cheep cause most people want tall feeder steers and think the cows need to look that way too. I heard a professor from Wy. say that the width of a calve's shoulders probably had more to do with calving ease than birth weights but nobody wanted to disect and measure skeletons in hundreds of new calves and correlate that to calving ease P.S. I run Murray Greys

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Same here. We raise Murray Greys. They are easy calving because of the low birthweights and because of the narrow, sloping shoulders. Those calves just slip right out, whether it's a purebred calf, or a commercial calf sired by a Murray Grey bull.

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We have Red Angus mostly commercial and use all Red Angus bulls. The calves pop out looking like a weanie and grow and thicken after the are born.

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> Same here. We raise Murray Greys.
> They are easy calving because of
> the low birthweights and because
> of the narrow, sloping shoulders.
> Those calves just slip right out,
> whether it's a purebred calf, or a
> commercial calf sired by a Murray
> Grey bull.

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As a breed, Angus (the black ones) are easy calvers. There are bulls that should not be used on heifers, but Angus EPDs are quite reliable and if you pay attention to the birthweight EPD you should be OK. Generally, they're not the cheapest at the sale barn, but you get what you pay for (sometimes). Our state cattlemen's assn runs a replacement heifer sale every fall and it's about turned into an Angus sale. The other breeds just don't sell as well as the Angus-cross heifers.

> What is the easyest type of cow
> that doesnt require as much
> attention when Caving? What are
> the Cattle prices like right now
> for that breed of cow/cafe

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In addition to calving ease you have to look as salability of the calves. If all you were interested in was calving ease, longhorns and high % brahamin would be high on the list but you would have a bad experience trying to get a good price for commercial calves of this type at the sale barn. My suggestion would be to use Saler or Saler cross cows bred to a low BW angus bull. Saler calves tend to be some of the smallest and most streamlined continental calves at birth but will still finish at the same time and at the same finished weight as the other continental breeds. Crossing with angus will improve marbling and make good use of hybred vigor. I am biased towards Salers so take what I say with a grain of salt. There are good and bad individuals in all breeds.

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