- Feb 4, 2016
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- Clark County, KY
Yes, I think they will have it from the cows both genetically and environmentally through the learned behavior of the cows. If the cows get fired up then calves pick up on that too.Took a horse to Clay yesterday, who was helping a man work his cows this week. It was so hot, he asked if he could borrow Smoke, and rotate him and his horse throughout the day. This man he is helping has 150 acres up in the NW corner of Ga. He has 35 head of reg Chi-Angus cows. All are homozygous for blqck and polled, They are anywhere from 50% to 70% Chianina, so at the most, they are only 1/2 Angus. He has 35 reg. black Simm cows, homo for black and polled as well. He AI's the Chi-Angus cows to black Simm bulls, and the black Simm cows to Chi-Angus bulls. Damn, you ought to see these calves! Born in January, and they will be selling the steers in July, But , the reason I am posting this is , he told me something pertaining to this subject about disposition. The Chi-Ang cows have yellow tags and the Simms have blue, but Clay said at calving time, you don't need tags to tell them apart. He said that about 30 of the 35 Chi-Ang cows will eat you alive over their new calves. But he said none of the Simms get aggressive with new calves. He said the Simms might act a little anxious...ust stand there snorting a little, mooing a little while you work their calf. But he said the Ch-Angus get slobber-slinging, tounge- out bellowing MAD, and come at yopu with murder in their hearts, until you finish with the calf and turn it loose. Now yesterday, with all of the calves over 5 months old, you could walk among them, even touch some of them, same as you could the Simms.
I think it is well -known by all of us, that Angus can be holy terrors with a new calf for a week or two, but I wonder if a lot of it is maybe learned behaviour? He sells his steers at weaning, but keeps the heifers to sell at 12-14 months old for replacements. If one gets to be 16 months and hasn't sold, he keeps it and breeds it to a BWF beefmaster bull he owns. He had 7 of these yesterday with April calves...some 1st calf and I think two 2nd calfers. I took them and dropped them off at Calhoun last night., to be sold as pairs today. Now, all of these heifers are 1/2 Chi-Ang and 1/2 Simm. But, he said the ones out of the chi-Ang cows were just as aggressive as their dams with the new calves, and the ones out of the Simm cows were just as docile as their mommas are. Is it possible that this is something they picked up from momma their 1st few weeks of life?