ALACOWMAN wrote:how will you ever find out if their udder will stand up under stress? I've had cows into their Mid 20s that their udders look like heifers...Bright Raven wrote:wbvs58 wrote:Yes Ron, nice looking udders but how do they actually perform? You subsidise their performance by creep feeding and early weaning.
They perform well under the demands of my system. If I kept the calves on longer, it would put more stress on the udder.
How will I find out if my cow's udders will hold up "under stress"? That implys that the udders of my cows do not have any "stress". I don't think Ken is implying that they have "no stress". His implication is that they are not tested to the extent that they might be under conditions where I leave the calf on the cow longer.
Maybe we need to reset. I wean my calves at six months of age. I have a simple philosophy: a 600 to 700 pound calf does not need mommy's milk. In regard to creep feeding: I halter break all my calves. I set feed troughs up in an area separated from the cows so the calves will come into an area where they can be trapped and moved to the halter area. Perhaps my cows udders are not "tested" to the maximum under those management practices.
What is perhaps more important is that I have FAITH, Not in a spiritual sense but in the men who spent their careers in the breeding of the cows that stand in my pastures. And in the breeders of the bulls I use in my program. I have faith in the pedigrees and bloodlines of the cattle accumulated from Rocking P Livestock, Maple Leaf Farm (Roy Canada), Double Diamond Farms and Fire Sweep Simmentals. The original nucleus of my herd was started with cattle off the Rocking P farm. Their genetics run through 65 % of my herd.
Finally, your question can be asked of every heifer that every producer retains. How will that heifer's udder hold up? How will her udder be 20 years down the road? As producers who retain heifers, all we can do is have faith in the bloodline that produced that heifer.