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What age will a heifer breed?
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Bob    Posted 10-01-2003 at 16:09:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a 10 month old heifer in with 6 cows that I would like to know if I put a bull in the pasture should I have to worry?


Hal/WA    Posted 10-03-2003 at 00:29:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
It depends somewhat on the size of the heifer and the size of the bull. I have seen lots of heifers come into heat at 10 months and a bit before. A big bull might be too heavy for the heifer to hold up, but a small, young bull might very well get the heifer pregnant the first time she comes into heat. Not good. I wouldn't risk it. If you have a bull, you need a bullpen or corral that will hold him securely. Keep the heifer in the pen during the time you want the bull to breed the cows and then pen the bull and let the heifer out when he has done his job. By the way, a bull can be very determined about getting out of a pen if there are cows in heat anywhere around. Build it WAY STRONGER than you think it would have to be. Been there, done that...


JENNIFER    Posted 04-08-2006 at 14:58:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I NEED TO KNOW WHEN A HEIFER CAN BREED. WHAT AGE CAN A COW BREED?


Les    Posted 10-01-2003 at 17:49:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree with the others. I'd give her another 6 months or so. Don't take any chances by putting her in with a bull.


Okie-Dokie    Posted 10-01-2003 at 17:16:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
We do it like Donna does. We try to plan everything out so their first calf hits the ground when the heifer is two years old.


Donna from Mo    Posted 10-01-2003 at 16:16:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
We've always had our heifers bred to calve at age two. I wouldn't want a ten-month-old heifer in with a bull: I used to have Jerseys, and they start coming in heat extremely young. I've seen Jersey heifers bulling before they were six month old, and I had to have a vet out once to give a shot to a 10-month-old Jersey to abort a calf, after the neighbor's bull got to her.


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