Transitioning a bill from the Midwest to fescue

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Transitioning a bill from the Midwest to fescue

Postby Hogtiming » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:56 am

Any recommendation on the time of year to move a bull from the Midwest to the fescue belt without it having to much of an effect on him?
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Re: Transitioning a bill from the Midwest to fescue

Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:59 pm

Hogtiming wrote:Any recommendation on the time of year to move a bull from the Midwest to the fescue belt without it having to much of an effect on him?


That's a great question. I'd guess in the winter.
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Re: Transitioning a bill from the Midwest to fescue

Postby Bigfoot » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:13 pm

IMHO, it's going to take a year. Shouldn't matter when you start.
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Re: Transitioning a bill from the Midwest to fescue

Postby kenny thomas » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:21 pm

Hogtiming wrote:Any recommendation on the time of year to move a bull from the Midwest to the fescue belt without it having to much of an effect on him?

First thing is it seems that the older an animal the longer it takes to adjust to fescue. Some thoughts are that it is really hard after they are over 10 months or so.
We bought some mature cows out of the West several years ago and they never adjusted.
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Re: Transitioning a bill from the Midwest to fescue

Postby Hogtiming » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:32 pm

I thought winter myself but I was afraid the fresh fescue in the spring would hurt them. But then the fescue in July-October would not be good either. Just curious on everyone’s experiences/opinions are. I would hate to buy some and have issues during breeding
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Re: Transitioning a bill from the Midwest to fescue

Postby kenny thomas » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:10 pm

Really good advice is to buy bulls that were raised on fescue.
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Re: Transitioning a bill from the Midwest to fescue

Postby mrvictordomino » Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:53 am

kenny thomas wrote:Really good advice is to buy bulls that were raised on fescue.

That's the best advice for sure. I never worry about where my cattle go in the different parts of the US because they have been raised on fescue for decades. They usually do better in different environments.
That said, years ago when I had some Red Angus cattle I bought Chief Line bred bulls from NE and they really didn't show any issues in the transition. The females were another story.... Especially spring calvers
going out on fescue for the first time. Breed back was terrible.
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Re: Transitioning a bill from the Midwest to fescue

Postby ClodHopper37869 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:06 pm

I have 2 rules,
1. Never buy a bull from outside the fescue belt.
2. Never buy a bull from outside the fescue belt..
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Re: Transitioning a bill from the Midwest to fescue

Postby MtnCows93 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:53 pm

why not buy a bull closer to you? the trucking has to be expensive, but if you are gonna do it just do it! bulls are tough the'll adjust eventually
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Re: Transitioning a bill from the Midwest to fescue

Postby kenny thomas » Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:08 pm

MtnCows93 wrote:why not buy a bull closer to you? the trucking has to be expensive, but if you are gonna do it just do it! bulls are tough the'll adjust eventually

Yes bulls are tough they aren't bad foolproof when it comes to fescue. Is it worth taking a chance of loosing a calf crop?
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Re: Transitioning a bill from the Midwest to fescue

Postby MtnCows93 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:54 pm

no its not!, if it was me i wouldnt be doing it but if hes wanting to do it i would go ahead and move the bull now
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Re: Transitioning a bill from the Midwest to fescue

Postby Hogtiming » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:29 pm

It has to be done a lot. I’m just curious if anyone has had experience doing it. Which season would be the best.
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Re: Transitioning a bill from the Midwest to fescue

Postby kenny thomas » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:41 pm

Hogtiming wrote:It has to be done a lot. I’m just curious if anyone has had experience doing it. Which season would be the best.

It actually isnt done a lot is why your not getting any comments. The ones here like me that have tried will not give good ideas except get the bull from fescue.
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Re: Transitioning a bill from the Midwest to fescue

Postby Red Bull Breeder » Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:13 am

Bring them in the fall. Fall growth fescue and stockpiled winter fescue is not as toxic as spring fescue that's fixing to make seed heads. The seeds are the most toxic.
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