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Hfr to steer ratio
« on: August 23, 2009, 10:50:17 AM »
I am having a hard time get any bull calves this fall wondering if its the same for anyone else.

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Re: Hfr to steer ratio
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2009, 11:01:38 AM »
So far we have 7 bulls and 6 heifers and we have 13 more calves to come. Hopefully all bulls. Last year we only a couple of bull calves amd a lot of heifers.

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Re: Hfr to steer ratio
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2009, 11:30:53 AM »
Since we started breeding 7 years ago we are always heifer heavy. I've asked people about it on here and they tell me I'm crazy to assume that a bull can have more heifers than bulls. But we had 4 heifers and one bull this year.

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Re: Hfr to steer ratio
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2009, 11:33:23 AM »
12 heifers
2 bulls
Life is too short....don't sweat the small stuff.

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Re: Hfr to steer ratio
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2009, 11:50:48 AM »
we had 1 heifer this year
The livestock (show) industry is a tough one- if you've never had anything worth a damn you might as well go on the internet and rundown everybody you can.

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Re: Hfr to steer ratio
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2009, 11:53:24 AM »
Folks, I Have said this many times in the past and I will stand by it --

Simply put -- if you want to increase your chances of more bulls versus hfrs, if only slightly -- make sure you are breeding later in the cycle -- WELL after all activity is done. Male sperm cells swim faster, but don't live as long -- so if you breed her closer to her natural ovulation -= up to a reasonable point any way -- the chances are greater that the first cells to arrive in the ovaduct will be a higher percentage of male cells.

The earlier you breed and still get her pregnant will increase the chances of more hfrs -- due to the fact the female cells live slightly longer. Breeding too early in dangerous -- be carefull!

Terry
Cows are family too -- we treat em like they are !!

 

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