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At 80% bulls, will be more evened out by the end of the month i'm bettin.
“Almost persuaded,” harvest is past!
“Almost persuaded,” doom comes at last;
“Almost” cannot avail;
“Almost” is but to fail!
Sad, sad that bitter wail—
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Interesting, we're heavy on heifers at this time.
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Finally, the remaining cows gave us the heifers and three calves showing some promise as replacements but we will see in the fall.
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It cycles here. The year the drought started ending and we started keeping heifers we were way high on bulls. Then the last few years it has been the other way. This year it seems to be swinging back. Won't know for sure until we work them. But cows that always have a heifer has a bull this year. The other thing I've noticed is the crippled bull we sold in December always ran 65-75% bull calves and the last ones are arriving now and no change. His heifers are very good and we wanted to keep all we could but it has always been very few.
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"Vegas" whom I got from Hill Country is continuing to be a heifer sire. 12 heifers and 6 bull calves in 2018. 2017 he sired a very high % of heifers as well. Dad is teasing me to switch bulls all the time to get more bull calves or at least limit the amount of cows he covers. I've bred a few to other bulls but right now he's the only breeding age bull on the place. Used the Driver bull I'd purchased from Reality Farms and got a huge bull calf from him. Kind of glad we didn't use him more, although that bull calf is gonna be a whopper. I hope to keep Vegas around for several more years and figure the total percentage. I usually know what I'm gonna find when I'm looking for a cow and a newborn. Most likely a solid black 65-75 lb. heifer. Surprised occasionally with a bull or a gray calf.
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13 bulls/4 heifers here with 6 more to calve (working on tightening up the season, not there yet). One of the heifers is a dink so far also, but at least she's out of a bull that isn't around anymore. I'll be curious to see if the last few calves bring things more in balance.