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Fern(Mi)    Posted 04-13-2004 at 12:24:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
....with their a$$e$ in a sling. to record their birth wieghts. Later we'll take weaning, yearling, and shipping or selling weights in or as the order may dictate.
All these weight numbers are used to corralate bull and cow production performances. This helps manage breed breeding lines.
Until next time.
Fernan


Willy-N    Posted 04-13-2004 at 17:25:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
We do the same thing. Recording the birth weights of the Calves is handy. Now we know our bulls throw nice smaller birth weight calves making it easier on the Cows. One bull on open range was throwing Big 125+ lb calves and several people lost there cows at birth. We almost lost one and the vet is not cheap pulling them! It took 4 people and a winch to get it out and we lost the calf. Way to big!!Mark H.


Pic of calf in sling    Posted 04-13-2004 at 16:33:02       [Reply]  [No Email]

Fern(Mi)
Sorry.....And, I couldn't take the pic and hold up the baby at the same time. Has to do with my muscular fatigue, of some mental sort? he he


EngineerJoyce    Posted 04-13-2004 at 13:39:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
All that weighing and recording and tattooing... no wonder registered stuff costs more!
Me, I'm not into farming hard. I farm lazy. Tag'em when they drop and write it on the calendar. Then selling time we know who raised what and how well. We just have a hodge-podge herd with an Angus (no papers) bull.
You gotta have lots of dedication to do registered. Congrats on your dedication. I hope it pays you well.

BTW...what's the normal birth and weaning weights for your herd?


Fern(Mi)    Posted 04-13-2004 at 16:07:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Birth weights about 90#, weaning about 350/400/600# dependant on age. just took late fall calf off momma yesterday.
Calf's about running up the barn stall walls nearly by herself. Calf should calm in week to ten days.
Ma's out here all day cussing/otherwise balling me out demanding I bring her baby back. Cow will mellow out in three days or so.

Registered stock for bredding purposes will normally sell for starting-twice price of grade cows. And, of cousre there would be no crosses if it weren't for dedicated pure blodd breeders. Or, where would the crosses come from.
Fernan


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