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? about feeding out 2 year old heifer

Post by Ky hills » Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:25 pm

We have a 2 year old heifer that lost a calf about a month ago. She isn’t real big so I figure she won’t bring much through the ring. Somebody suggested that we have it done into hamburger. How long should I keep her up and feed her? We feed our steers for around 60-90 days but not sure if she needs to be that good of condition or not for hamburger?



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Re: ? about feeding out 2 year old heifer

Post by BC » Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:08 pm

Feed her hard for 75 to 90 days and butcher just like a fat calf.

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Re: ? about feeding out 2 year old heifer

Post by SBMF 2015 » Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:44 am

I've been told that if you take a thin hfr that's lost a calf or weaned a calf, and push her hard. She will taste better than a fed str.
I agree with BC. Work her up to 2% of her body wt in corn a day for 90 days. If you don't think she's filled out enough, feed her for an extra month. That should make her smooth enough to cut, not just grind.
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Re: ? about feeding out 2 year old heifer

Post by TexasBred » Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:03 pm

We're eating a three year old brangus cow that did not breed back. Weighed about 1400 lbs when slaughtered and is awesome eating.
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Re: ? about feeding out 2 year old heifer

Post by ccr » Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:04 pm

TexasBred wrote:
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We're eating a three year old brangus cow that did not breed back. Weighed about 1400 lbs when slaughtered and is awesome eating.
TB, how or what did you feed her during the last 90 days?

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Re: ? about feeding out 2 year old heifer

Post by kentuckyguy » Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:26 pm

Last year we had a cow have a calf and take off running away from it.Tried getting them up together but she never would mother it.

We fed her for 3 1/2 weeks and took her to the butcher.

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Re: ? about feeding out 2 year old heifer

Post by ccr » Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:29 pm

kentuckyguy wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:26 pm
Last year we had a cow have a calf and take off running away from it.Tried getting them up together but she never would mother it.

We fed her for 3 1/2 weeks and took her to the butcher.
How old was she when you butchered her, and how was the meat?
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Re: ? about feeding out 2 year old heifer

Post by Ky hills » Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:31 pm

kentuckyguy wrote:
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Last year we had a cow have a calf and take off running away from it.Tried getting them up together but she never would mother it.

We fed her for 3 1/2 weeks and took her to the butcher.
We had a heifer do that this year and she is a a candidate for that too.

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Re: ? about feeding out 2 year old heifer

Post by TexasBred » Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:04 am

ccr wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:04 pm
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Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:03 pm
We're eating a three year old brangus cow that did not breed back. Weighed about 1400 lbs when slaughtered and is awesome eating.
TB, how or what did you feed her during the last 90 days?

Thanks.
ccr she was already pretty fleshy from being unproductive. Best I remember we put her on almost free choice feed for about 45 days.
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Re: ? about feeding out 2 year old heifer

Post by kentuckyguy » Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:10 am

ccr wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:29 pm
kentuckyguy wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:26 pm
Last year we had a cow have a calf and take off running away from it.Tried getting them up together but she never would mother it.

We fed her for 3 1/2 weeks and took her to the butcher.
How old was she when you butchered her, and how was the meat?
This was her second calf so she was around 3 years old meat was good. She was pretty fleshy cow. I think a month of feeding gives her plenty of time to heal up and get rid of any problems caused by the stress of birthing.
Also I can’t stand to look at a cow every day that won’t take care of a calf. So I get antsy to get rid of them.

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Re: ? about feeding out 2 year old heifer

Post by Ky hills » Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:29 pm

The one that we originally planned to have processed seems to be flighty and we don’t want to risk having a dark cutter. We had this one to not claim a calf about a week ago and she is calm. Around two years old.
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