some heifers

Help Support CattleToday:

regolith

Well-known member
Joined
Jan 17, 2009
Messages
2,795
Reaction score
1
Location
New Zealand
These are some that I like:
30_pc_176_sep_09.JPG


30_pc_185.JPG


30_pc_187.JPG


30_pc_180_Sep_09.JPG


My first reaction to this one after she calved was "where the he11 did she come from?" Then I looked up who her mother was... I'm expecting good things from her.
Her mother was an unrecorded heifer (not AI-sired) I picked up for $NZ700, she never looked either productive or healthy so I was surprised when I started herd testing her to find that she was consistently at the top of her age group for production.

30_pc_167.JPG


These are all bred from cows currently in the herd. I have 35 bought-in heifers, but haven't started taking photos of them yet. Weather's been poor and they're looking rough.
If (unlikely) the cashflow alllows it, I'd like to schedule a herd test before Christmas to find out how they compare for production. My initial impression is that there's nothing in the bought-in line even close to matching the production the home-bred heifers are doing. They were well grown heifers, just not quite to the standard of mine which were with an excellent grazier last year. I'm not sure if the difference is genetics or youngstock management, so far I'm swinging towards it being genetics, but can't establish what difference there might be without herd testing.

More heifers:
more_heifers.JPG


187 (third heifer) is from a low production bull and while I like her, she isn't an improvement on her mother. As her mother is one of the best cows in the herd I haven't a clue how to breed her to improve her... but she's given me a heifer every single year so far.
 

bigbull338

Well-known member
Joined
Apr 28, 2005
Messages
16,565
Reaction score
0
Location
texas
yu have a bunch of fine looking heifers an calves.the heifers are walking around their baggs.
 

francismilker

Well-known member
Joined
Sep 11, 2007
Messages
64
Reaction score
0
Location
Southeastern Okla.
While those are some mighty good looking crossbreds, I'm equally impressed with that green stuff they're walking around on. That's some fine looking grass.
 

novaman

Well-known member
Joined
Nov 21, 2005
Messages
1,741
Reaction score
0
Location
North Dakota
francismilker":kxui1jd1 said:
While those are some mighty good looking crossbreds, I'm equally impressed with that green stuff they're walking around on. That's some fine looking grass.
I agree that the grass looks nice. If I could grow grass like that around here I would be inclined to do more grazing. It has been my opinion that AU and NZ are mainly grazing dairies because they can grow grass far better than we can in the US. The few months I have anything resembling green in my pastures doesn't make it worth doing much in the way of grazing.
 

Latest posts

Top