Bull Turn Out

We turned our bulls out yesterday Aug. 11th. This is one day later than normal. We usually turn out on the 10th but since it was a Sunday this year we waited one more day.

We have never calved early. Our starting dates for calving have ranged from March 20th to May 20th. The move from March to May was done step wise. We usually moved a couple of weeks at a time. Every time we moved our calving later we liked it better. This was particularly true as we moved into May calving.

We set our breeding dates to be reasonably close to nature. We have found this to be the easiest & the most profitable time to calve.

We raise our own bulls. We try to raise the best bulls we can. One of the ways we do this is to turn out a couple of our best bulls 10 days (Aug. 1st) before the rest of the bulls. We hope this will result in several bulls off our best bulls the following year.

We have known for a long time that calving your heifers early has some advantages. We have been reluctant to do this as we didn’t want to extend our calving season. May calving is a breeze & basically trouble free. This year we are breeding our heifers 10 days earlier (Aug. 1st) than the cows. The idea is to give the heifers more time to recover from calving before being bred the second time. We would have liked to go 20 days earlier than the cows but we don’t want calves before May 1st.

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