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Not sure what I’d use on them. Maybe an Aberdeen bull semen would work. Most full size breeds would be too big for the cows, they are part Highland, I’d guess them at about 800-900 lbs I don’t want that much Highland in my meat to use Highland semen and Dexter semen, if you could find it, just isn’t large enough. Hmmmmm.
 

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When a bull doesn't respect fences it is time for him to get a new address.....Been there done that.

Hopefully you can find someone with a tank and can order some semen and then breed the cows for you. Check with Premier Select Sires.... they might have a technician in the area... or a vet... if the vet does any embryo transfers then they can AI.... or a dairy nearby that has their own tank and would be willing for you to store a 1/2 cane of semen in it and do the breeding for you... maybe find someone with highlands that you could lease a bull off of for 2-3 months??? Or buy a young bull that could service them and then go in the freezer as your next beef?
Yep, you at least have some time to figure it out.

How's work going? Still working away from home?
 

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Try some galloway semen.... most of them are not too terribly large. Comes in belted, black, dun.... Or like you said, some "lowline" angus... I guess they call them aberdeen now.... a jersey would give you a smaller calf and they are great for marbling.... mature fairly well too.... all I eat is jersey meat..... limousin are longer calves rather than blocky. If you used one that was an easy calving bull might not be a problem. These are cows not heifers so should be able to handle even an easy calving angus..... don't use hereford or simmental... too blocky across the shoulders....
 

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I am. I had knee surgery 6 weeks ago and just now getting back to about 90%. Scope. But I had several small tears in 3 different spots so they did a lot in there. Still swells if I overdo it, or do nothing at all. Seems it likes to move….for a while. Yesterday I worked 6 hours, hard, putting up about 700 ft of new woven wire. Still have some clips to go, but it’s unrolled, stretched and tied off. There’s a 450 foot side the neighbor is going to put up, but I may do it if he doesn’t, once I finish this part. Not much time to do it working 6x10 days. I’d like to put the rest of the cows on the about 3 acres it fences, their pasture is getting pretty thin. It’s been really hot and mostly dry for a while.
 

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Try some galloway semen.... most of them are not too terribly large. Comes in belted, black, dun.... Or like you said, some "lowline" angus... I guess they call them aberdeen now.... a jersey would give you a smaller calf and they are great for marbling.... mature fairly well too.... all I eat is jersey meat..... limousin are longer calves rather than blocky. If you used one that was an easy calving bull might not be a problem. These are cows not heifers so should be able to handle even an easy calving angus..... don't use hereford or simmental... too blocky across the shoulders....
My dentist raises mini Galloways. That’s where my steer came from. Her mini Galloway bull got in to her husbands high $ registered Angus and bred 5 of his cows in 1 day. He was a busy boy.
 

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I guess that boy REALLY wanted to be a free soul! Does whoever you sold him to have metal pipe fencing? I don't know what else would keep him in.
 

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I completely understand your frustrations. Bulls only stay in a fence because they want to. My hay guy sold his Hereford bull because of the same reason. I had a Longhorn bull that could leap the fence like a deer. Plus he was always trying to run me down. I grew to hate that durned bull.

I like the AI idea, then you wouldn't have to deal with a bull or feed/care for him either.
 

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