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what to do with a 47 month old heifer

Post by east_tex » Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:11 pm

Hello. I raised a heifer in hopes of her becoming a cow but after 47 months ( she was born on February 3, 2015) there is still not a calf. She was taken out of the heifer pasture on June 28, 2016 and allowed to run with the other cows in a pasture where the bull stays with the cows all the time. She is mostly black angus with some beefmaster influence. Even if I had her palpated and found she is finally pregnant should I keep the heifer? Thanks in advance for any comments.

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Re: what to do with a 47 month old heifer

Post by Caustic Burno » Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:20 pm

east_tex wrote:Hello. I raised a heifer in hopes of her becoming a cow but after 47 months ( she was born on February 3, 2015) there is still not a calf. She was taken out of the heifer pasture on June 28, 2016 and allowed to run with the other cows in a pasture where the bull stays with the cows all the time. She is mostly black angus with some beefmaster influence. Even if I had her palpated and found she is finally pregnant should I keep the heifer? Thanks in advance for any comments.


If you figure she cost you a 1.50 a day
you roughly have 2k in her with no return.
Is your vaccinations program up to date?
If so off to hamburger land she is a cull.
At today’s feeder calves prices she will be a loser her entire life.
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Re: what to do with a 47 month old heifer

Post by sstterry » Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:22 pm

I am grabbing the popcorn and waiting for the responses to this from this group. :pop:

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Re: what to do with a 47 month old heifer

Post by gcreekrch » Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:27 pm

There should have been no debate when she was open as a yearling. You stood to have her worth something then.

She is either beef or buddy, that is your choice...
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Re: what to do with a 47 month old heifer

Post by farmerjan » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:16 pm

I will just say that by the time she was 24 months, she should have been pregnant. By 30 months she would have been at the stockyards or in the freezer. The sad thing is, the way prices have come off in the last 6 months, you will never even break even on her. And no, if she should come up pregnant, I certainly would not keep her as a brood cow. That is perpetuating a problem breeder.

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Re: what to do with a 47 month old heifer

Post by JMJ Farms » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:29 pm

Sell her. You could palpate her and if she happens to be bred, which she most likely won’t be, you could let her have one calf then sell her. Unless you want a pet, then I wouldn’t worry about the money.
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Re: what to do with a 47 month old heifer

Post by MtnCows93 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:47 pm

beef pen her

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Re: what to do with a 47 month old heifer

Post by Dave » Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:25 pm

A 4 year old heifer will bring good cull cow price. With today's cull cow price I would just eat her myself. One that age won't be melt in your mouth tender but will have good beef flavor. But what ever you do I would do it soon. At this point you are just throwing good money after bad.

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Re: what to do with a 47 month old heifer

Post by Nesikep » Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:18 am

There are some people with 8 year old steers.. they keep them around because the rest of the herd will follow them anywhere the steer leads them.
Even with my pets I have standard of production though.. Some get a 2nd chance, but never 3rd chances. I had one heifer that had her first calf in August instead of April.. I told her she better shape up and catch up.. She's goign to have the first calf of the year this year (5th calf now), so she held up her end of the deal.. She made nice calves, she carried her first two through the winter on dry cow ration and did well.. I have one daughter from her expecting her first calf.. ON TIME..
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Re: what to do with a 47 month old heifer

Post by east_tex » Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:11 am

Thanks again for you all's comments. The heifer will be going to the sale barn whenever the first sale of 2019 is.

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Re: what to do with a 47 month old heifer

Post by ddd75 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:43 am

well.. looks like she might be old enough to breed finally.

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Re: what to do with a 47 month old heifer

Post by Son of Butch » Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:55 am

sstterry wrote:I am grabbing the popcorn and waiting for the responses to this from this group. :pop:

Were you expecting replies more along the line of.....
IF you have to ask what to do with a 4 year old heifer, perhaps a career in agriculture is not in your best interest.

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Re: what to do with a 47 month old heifer

Post by farmerjan » Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:15 am

Nesi; we have a Red Poll bull that by rights, should go. There is no market for the calves here. NONE. We will take a hit or $.25 to $.50 per lb on the calves because they are red. But, He is very gentle, easy with the cows breeding and we use him on a few most years to keep him active. His saving grace..... he stops ANY AND ALL fights in the bull lot. No joke. If someone decides to be stupid when we put them back in, he just walks up to them, and must give them the evil eye.... because the ones getting into a shoving match will just quit. He will just walk around and no one seems willing to try his mettle. Have never seen him in a shoving match with anyone either. He just is like the policeman in there. They don't get to tearing up fences or anything because he seems to put a spell on them and they just behave. So he is still here....plus with prices so off, no sense in giving him away when he saves us fence repair bills....

I can see the idea of keeping an animal around if it has a purpose; like the steers you mentioned that will lead cattle etc. But, an unproductive 4 yr old heifer.... Naaah.

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Re: what to do with a 47 month old heifer

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:20 am

Every farm needs a mascot, you've got yours.

I say keep her.
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Re: what to do with a 47 month old heifer

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:24 am

Do you have any other cattle?
As a producer, our goal is for our cattle to calve at 24 months of age (some breeds/producers shoot for 30 months).
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