My wife and I started raising Herefords about 4-5 years ago and man we love to learn the hard way.... This year so far has been a stressful one, 5 calves on the ground, 6 more to go. Lowest BW this year 92lb bull calf out of first time heifer (AI bred to CE bull, too big IMO), and just today.... largest calf ever on our farm 126.3lb bull calf, not a bad pull but a pull nonetheless and it's got me worried for the next 6 yet to come. We AI'ed the first 4 successfully all to 3.5CE and higher bulls. The cow that calved the record breaker today is the beginning of the naturally bred calves all to a -1.0CE bull.... The common denominator in all these BW that I figure is feed, this is our first year feeding baleage, which I cut at 30% flowering stage (in future I'll wait until 80-100%). I've tried alternating between Baleage and dry hay but I just haven't had the dry hay to maintain a 50-50 ratio. My personal belief is that the cows are getting too quality of feed and this in turn is contributing to larger weight calves. I ordered a fence line feeder and plan on utilizing a gate type system to attempt a time limit type feeding, not allowing them to have access to the Baleage any time they want. I'd say weather played a factor too, but we had the warmest february I ever remember. Any thoughts, ideas, past experiences, am I right in my thinking?