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Heifer performance plateau

Postby RanchMan90 » Thu May 04, 2017 6:43 pm

Have y'all noticed if/when heifers have had a less efficient average daily gain around 650-700 lbs?
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Re: Heifer performance plateau

Postby Bright Raven » Thu May 04, 2017 6:51 pm

Not sure I understand your question. I notice heifers have growth spurts. And you might be right. In that 700 to 800 range they sometimes seem to hit a slow growth period.
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Re: Heifer performance plateau

Postby RanchMan90 » Thu May 04, 2017 7:07 pm

Bright Raven wrote:Not sure I understand your question. I notice heifers have growth spurts. And you might be right. In that 700 to 800 range they sometimes seem to hit a slow growth period.

That's what I was meaning to say
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Re: Heifer performance plateau

Postby Nesikep » Thu May 04, 2017 7:22 pm

Yes, it usually coincides with weaning :)
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Re: Heifer performance plateau

Postby Bigfoot » Thu May 04, 2017 9:53 pm

Yes, they all seem to take spurts. Couldn't say it coincides with a certain weight/age.
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Re: Heifer performance plateau

Postby Son of Butch » Thu May 04, 2017 10:18 pm

Steers will stall out around 850-900 lbs when lacking protein, so I assume heifers can do the same at a lighter weight.
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Re: Heifer performance plateau

Postby dun » Thu May 04, 2017 11:35 pm

Ours slow down over winter when on hay but pick right up as soon as the grass starts to green
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Re: Heifer performance plateau

Postby wbvs58 » Fri May 05, 2017 2:48 am

I only find it is relative to the season ie winter. What I do notice is that as soon as they fall pregnant sometimes within 1-2 wks of insemination they bloom, you just look at them and know they are pregnant. I am sure you would notice that Ron (Bright Raven).

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Re: Heifer performance plateau

Postby Nesikep » Fri May 05, 2017 10:01 am

wbvs58 wrote:I only find it is relative to the season ie winter. What I do notice is that as soon as they fall pregnant sometimes within 1-2 wks of insemination they bloom, you just look at them and know they are pregnant. I am sure you would notice that Ron (Bright Raven).

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I've found some of mine to be the opposite.. they quit growing as soon as they're bred.. I have a couple where it was really pronounced, they looked good at weaning, nice and big, looked good at turnout, then they stopped growing frame and got wider.. 4 years old now and I have yearling heifers taller than they are
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Re: Heifer performance plateau

Postby Bright Raven » Fri May 05, 2017 6:38 pm

wbvs58 wrote:I only find it is relative to the season ie winter. What I do notice is that as soon as they fall pregnant sometimes within 1-2 wks of insemination they bloom, you just look at them and know they are pregnant. I am sure you would notice that Ron (Bright Raven).

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Yes sir. Good way to put it. They seem to get the "glow".
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Re: Heifer performance plateau

Postby Brute 23 » Fri May 05, 2017 8:12 pm

Bright Raven wrote:
wbvs58 wrote:I only find it is relative to the season ie winter. What I do notice is that as soon as they fall pregnant sometimes within 1-2 wks of insemination they bloom, you just look at them and know they are pregnant. I am sure you would notice that Ron (Bright Raven).

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Yes sir. Good way to put it. They seem to get the "glow".


I agree. :nod:
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