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Selling heifer bred or open?
« on: October 17, 2008, 11:55:29 AM »
What if you have a heifer that will be in a sale. She'll be old enough to be breed by sale time for an early calf. It is best to sell open or breed & let them decide on bull or her to an easy calving bull & sell as a bred heifer?

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Re: Selling heifer bred or open?
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2008, 12:03:18 PM »
I'd say breed her with a hot calving ease sire. (thumbsup)
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Re: Selling heifer bred or open?
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2008, 12:06:49 PM »
I would think that if she is bred to a good easy calving bull she would bring more.
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Re: Selling heifer bred or open?
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2008, 02:52:32 PM »
I have a hard time purchasing open females.  Show heifers are one thing, but if I am going to buy a replacement female I want them to be bred.  If they aren't you're probably looking at having at least 9 months before you get any return on your investment.  The only way I would consider it is if they are a flush worthy cow.  Then you just flush them and then breed. 
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Re: Selling heifer bred or open?
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2008, 03:11:30 PM »
I say sell her bred to a good bull.   

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Re: Selling heifer bred or open?
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2008, 06:48:04 PM »
I say look at the potential prospective buyers at this sale and breed accordingly...but yes, breed her!
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Re: Selling heifer bred or open?
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2008, 08:45:14 PM »
Most consignment sales I've seen have a requirement on females having to be bred if they are a certain age or more. If you're talking about a 14-15 month old heifer, that is probably past her show age for the most part I'd only sell her bred. I've also seen some lots where they sell with 2 straws of semen that this farm owns an interest in the bull. Personally if I saw a 16-17 month old heifer who wasn't bred I'd be wondering why not.

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Re: Selling heifer bred or open?
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2008, 11:45:04 AM »
she'll be about 15 months. Being an end of December calf puts her out of most shows. Yes, I'm going to be truthful about her age!  ;)  (thumbsup)

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Re: Selling heifer bred or open?
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2008, 01:06:42 PM »
OK, sounds like it's best to offer her as a bred heifer.

Now, what bull would be the most marketable? I want a high % Maine bull. Must be clean & would prefer polled.
She's a Hard core out of an IceMan Foreplay cow. I'll get better pictures of her. Her BW was 95 pounds which for us is low.  ;)

would love to see what ideas you can throw out to me!

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Re: Selling heifer bred or open?
« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2008, 01:08:19 PM »
I've got a feeling I know who Justme is going to recommend!!     IMO, that would be a good choice. 

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Re: Selling heifer bred or open?
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2008, 01:14:08 PM »
As much as I like her bull, I'd prefer a proven easy calver for the first time.
We bred her grandmother ( silly to call her that) to Gigolo Joe so that might be an idea.

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Re: Selling heifer bred or open?
« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2008, 01:14:51 PM »
money man
ali
dirty hairy
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: Selling heifer bred or open?
« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2008, 01:41:21 PM »
Oh ...  I was thinking she'd say Major's Money Man.   I forgot her bull will be old enough soon. 

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Re: Selling heifer bred or open?
« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2008, 01:43:48 PM »
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dirty hairy

I was thinking MM too. The nephew is pushing Dirty Hairy.

What has his average BW's been like?

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Re: Selling heifer bred or open?
« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2008, 02:28:50 PM »
My guess is if selling at a club calf type sell, that a bred heifer bred to Dirty hairy would probally go over the best.
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