First time keeping replacement heifers

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First time keeping replacement heifers

Postby Bar E » Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:41 pm

What do I need to know lol.
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Re: First time keeping replacement heifers

Postby M-5 » Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:57 pm

How many?
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Re: First time keeping replacement heifers

Postby dun » Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:09 pm

Don;t keep any you wouldn;t be willing to buy if they were someone elses.
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Re: First time keeping replacement heifers

Postby Ol' 243 » Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:16 pm

dun wrote:Don;t keep any you wouldn;t be willing to buy if they were someone elses.


I'd say that is really good advice.
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Re: First time keeping replacement heifers

Postby Bar E » Sat Jul 22, 2017 12:37 am

M-5 wrote:How many?


Three. Maybe 4.
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Re: First time keeping replacement heifers

Postby M-5 » Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:04 am

Out of how many?
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Re: First time keeping replacement heifers

Postby Supa Dexta » Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:14 am

Don't keep the biggest just cause they're the biggest.
Don't keep the fattest
Keep ones that were born sooner in the season, as their mothers bred early
keep ones out of good mothers - breed back time, easy keeping, temperament, size, feet, bag, no horns, etc
keep ones that look like a good little heifer, not a steer
keep ones that are friendly
keep ones that are the colour you want
don't keep any that you don't really like, just because you want more heifers and they're 'good enough'

that'll get you started
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Re: First time keeping replacement heifers

Postby Nesikep » Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:53 am

Supa, agreed.. though sometimes you have to relax a little somewhere to get what you want somewhere else :)
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Re: First time keeping replacement heifers

Postby Bar E » Sat Jul 22, 2017 12:40 pm

How many pounds of hay and feed oats per head per day?
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Re: First time keeping replacement heifers

Postby shaz » Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:29 pm

Bar E wrote:How many pounds of hay and feed oats per head per day?


I'm doing 5 lbs a day with good mineral and grass. After 1-2 months they started really looking good.
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Re: First time keeping replacement heifers

Postby kd4au » Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:37 am

Be careful what you select for,you might just get it.
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Re: First time keeping replacement heifers

Postby Brute 23 » Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:07 am

Our heifers get free choice hay, mineral, and around #2 per day of a 12% sweet feed. With decent grass that will slick them off and make them look really nice.

As they get older and closer to being to being turned out I feed cubes 2-3 times per week to get them more a custom to being turned out.
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