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The Big Show / Breeding question - HELP??
« on: April 08, 2010, 04:13:36 PM »
Here is the story:

I bought a set of bred cows in Jan 2007.  They calved in Feb and we AI'd them in June 2007.  We stuck approx 60% and they calved in March 2008.  We AI'd again in June 2008 and only stuck 5 out of 18.  Chalked it up to bad luck and figured they must have cycled just before we synchronized them.  So we AI'd them again in June 2009 and only stuck 3 out of 14.  Not having very good luck.  Now let me say the AI tech that did these is my father and he breeds every month for a local dairy and gets approx 65-75% so I don't think it is his fault.  We do sync with Cidr's.

I really want to get these cows back to calving in March but not really sure how to go about it as 10 should calve in April 4 will calve in May. I am going to put the cows on Vitaferm's Concept Aid Mineral ASAP. When should I AI this year?  Should I not AI the May calvers and just hope that if I put the clean up bull in right away they breed back right away? 

Can someone help me with a game plan?

Upcoming Shows / Beef Brawl in Sterling CO, April, 17, 2010
« on: March 29, 2010, 10:11:58 PM »
Go to www.beefbrawl.com for more info.  Great prizes!

The Big Show / Any Highlander (Lautner) calves on the ground yet?
« on: March 24, 2010, 11:46:03 AM »
Needing to order semen for this spring and wanted to see if anyone has heard any reports or seen any calves out of Lautner's Highlander bull.  I am considering him for a Hired Man heifer I have that needs more bone and soundness (straight in her legs), but wanted to hear about his calves first.

The Big Show / TH & PHA testing question
« on: March 22, 2010, 09:12:40 AM »
I am just now starting to keep some replacement heifers from clubby bulls and would like to have them tested, but have no clue where or how to get this done.  Can someone provide me with how to go about this?

The Big Show / Lautner's Meyer's Cowpower bull???
« on: March 21, 2010, 05:05:43 PM »
Has anyone ever used the bull of Lautner's they call Meyer's Cowpower?  He is on the back cover of their fall 2009 catalog.   Thinking about crossing him with some Angus cows to produce some replacement females.  Any thoughts??

The Big Show / calf won't suck
« on: March 21, 2010, 10:33:43 AM »
I have a calf that is about 10 days old and won't suck.  We tubed him for several days, we doesn't seem to be sucking mom, he won't suck a bottle, we have even tried a bucket to see if he would eat out of that.  Nothing seems to work.  We have resorted to a syringe and are force feeding him with that.  He will swallow, but won't suck.  This is getting old.  Any suggestions????

The Big Show / What about Heatwave granddaughters??
« on: March 19, 2010, 06:11:07 PM »
There is so much talk about keeping heatwave daughters as replacements due to small pelvis' and poor milking, but can anyone tell me if they have had good luck keeping heatwave granddaughter's out of good milking, easier calving females?

The Big Show / Headliner birthweights
« on: March 19, 2010, 05:30:15 PM »
After reading several topics on here, I am considering using Headliner because the Monopoly semen has gotten so expensive, but am worried about his 98 lb bw.  Can anyone tell me their experiences with his calves?

The Big Show / Feed supplements to increase egg production when flushing
« on: February 25, 2010, 09:46:08 PM »
I am interested in flushing one of my older cows and have read about some supplements in the past that can increase egg production and quality, but can't remember what the supplements were.  Does anyone know what I am talking about or have any suggestions?

The Big Show / What % of calves will sell??
« on: February 23, 2010, 06:59:40 PM »
Just really getting started in the club calf business.  Been raising just a few off of the small 20 cow herd I have, but am looking at buying more good cows and was trying to pencil it all out.  What % of the calf crop can you usually plan on selling as good club calves?  Any info or help would be appreciated.

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