So iam running this cow/heifer with the little hire bull. There has been some "activity" today. The cow had a prem calf that died and i thought i would rretain her and have a second chance with her to see what happens.
I have had my hired bull running with 2 females and i have seen both of them in season and one of them being served. So do i give the bull another oportunity in 3 weeks so he is with them for two cycles or do i call it mission acomplished and send him home?
Has you hire bull passed a BSE and Trich test? I would not use a bull that had been exposed to other cows without a trich test. We have a partner bull and part of the partner agreement, is that the bull has to pass a trich test prior to delivery to our partner our partner also has to have him tested prior to us getting him back. This protects both partners, trich can cost you an entire breeding season.
If you or the person your borrowing the bull from has a cow that has Trich and the bull breeds the cow he will then spread trich to every cow he breeds. You can clean up trich from the cow herd but once a bull has Trich he is done you can't get rid of it. You don't realize you have Trich unless you test for it, a bull looks fine, he still breeds cows but a cow that gets Trich will usually abort the calf.
Again not trying to be a smarty pants, you may not have Trich in your part of the world. We know several folks that have been hit very hard financially because of Trich. Many have never heard of it, so I try to give folks a heads up that this is something to test for. A trich test can sure save you money in the long run.
Hope he gets them bred for you and
All goes well. That was good advice and info from gizmom. I didn't see anything smart or negative in the post. Having a bull tested isn't a slight to anyone or the quality of their cattle. Just good protection for all parties involved. Many never have bulls tested and work out just fine, but there's always that chance.
Fair point. I guess my main frustration was the question was about mating length. I have opted for the 2 cycles as advised. The fresian is all hot and sweaty with mucas about 3 weeks since service. Obviously she didnt stick.