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Longest bull streak....

Postby Muddy » Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:41 pm

I have never had a really long bull streak in the calving season. Out of 18 calves born this year, only two calves are heifers and we need heifers to replace the cows we're selling in fall. Just have 10 more cows to calving yet, so maybe they will give us heifers?
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Re: Longest bull streak....

Postby True Grit Farms » Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:14 pm

Good luck we're at over 70% bull calfs this year.
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Re: Longest bull streak....

Postby TCRanch » Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:01 pm

We've been about 50/50 the past 4 years. As of today we have 22 heifers/20 bulls. I'm only keeping 5 - you can have the others!
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Re: Longest bull streak....

Postby Coosh71 » Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:41 pm

Sorry muddy!!! Seems that's how it works lol. We are at about 70% bulls also and only have 3 left. Good luck!!!
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Re: Longest bull streak....

Postby M-5 » Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:57 pm

Exactly 50/50 here
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Re: Longest bull streak....

Postby Katpau » Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:40 am

We calved our AI cows first. I choose my AI cows and the AI sires hoping to get replacements, but it seems we usually get a high percentage of bull calves from AI. This year it was 9 bulls and 4 heifers. We have now begun calving the rest of the herd hoping for bulls to turn into steers for the commercial market. We started out with two heifers, a bull, three more heifers, another bull and then 8 heifers in a row. It was looking pretty bad at that point with 13 heifers and only 2 bulls, but it is starting to even out. We now are at 15 heifers and 8 bulls out of the commercial cows for a total of 20 heifers and 17 bulls. We always seem to get more heifers early in the calving season and more bulls towards the end. I think that may be due to slightly shorter gestation on the heifers.
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Re: Longest bull streak....

Postby wbvs58 » Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:54 am

When one sex is over represented I find the later calving ones seem to balance it out a bit so it doesn't end up as bad as it would seem. Doesn't help when you want to keep heifers and would prefer the early ones.

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Re: Longest bull streak....

Postby holm25 » Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:01 pm

We planned on keeping heifers this fall but we are at 13 bull calves and 4 heifers... We only have three left... 2 of the four heifers are out of an angus bull so we won’t be keeping them... Ugh...
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Re: Longest bull streak....

Postby Nesikep » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:25 am

Well, same here.. I have 14 bulls and 8 heifers, 1 left to go.. Only 3 heifers I consider replacements, and the one cow left hasn't made a nice one yet, don't have high hopes for her this year either
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Re: Longest bull streak....

Postby lithuanian farmer » Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:58 am

At the moment 21 bulls/16 heifers. 5 bulls and 8 heifers were born before December, so the score of winter-spring calving is 16/8. Will have 9 more calvings before June. It's good that have more bulls than heifers born now. However, would like that most of AI calves would be heifers. The first ones due in October.
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Re: Longest bull streak....

Postby Black and Good » Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:48 am

Bulls- 24 Heifers- 17 top of the ninth here! B&G
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Re: Longest bull streak....

Postby MRRherefords » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:40 am

We've been almost 80% bulls the last few years, but this year it is down to 55%-45% bulls.
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Re: Longest bull streak....

Postby midTN_Brangusman » Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:42 pm

75 % heifers here, keep the girls coming!
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Re: Longest bull streak....

Postby TCRanch » Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:22 pm

Black and Good wrote:Bulls- 24 Heifers- 17 top of the ninth here! B&G

Well done! One left & I'm sooo over spring calving!
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Re: Longest bull streak....

Postby Silver » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:45 pm

About 15 ahead with the bulls so far which is a little unusual but happy nonetheless.
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