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Cattle Breeding 2018

Discussion in 'Breeds & Breeding - Cattle' started by Wehner Homestead, Mar 16, 2018.

  1. Apr 29, 2018
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    Looks like 9 different bulls. That's quite the selection! Do you maintain all of those in your AI tank or will you be purchasing? And I think you already own one bull as you talked about poss getting a second...
     
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  2. Apr 29, 2018
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    @Latestarter you made me go to the tank inventory and count. We maintain 15 different bulls in our tank currently. There are also 3 4-H families that each have a few straws in our tank. I didn’t include those in the count.

    We buy the straws and then just use them when we are ready. Otis is the only bull on the farm. He isn’t slotted for any initial breedings but will do cleanup to insure that all the cows are covered within our specified timeframe. (This is common practice to have a cleanup bull. You can actually rent one of the big name AI bulls for cleanup if you are willing to fork over enough cash.)
     
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  3. May 9, 2018
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    2018 breeding for 2019 calving has officially commenced!

    We bred Georgia and Gatlin on 5/4. That makes them due 2/11/19. Georgia was bred to Grand Fortune and Gatlin was bred to Destiny as planned. We will know on or around 5/25 if they “stuck” or not. Maizy cycled that day too but with her being a first calf heifer, we opted to give her another three weeks to not have to support two calves and will breed her on her 5/25 cycle.

    Scarlett is up next to cycle on 5/16 and we plan to breed her then.
     
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  4. May 12, 2018
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    Maxine cycled for her first time since calving and was standing last night. Went ahead and AI’d to MWJ this morning. Not sure she will stick since it’s the first round but time will tell.
     
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