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Breeding heifers to sexed semen?
« on: February 22, 2012, 05:16:20 PM »
Got a group of nice commerical angus and simm/angus heifers that I am going to breed here this spring. I intend to keep a few for myself and sell the rest as either breds or go ahead and calve them out and then sell them. My question is does anyone see the added value in breeding them to sexed semen? If so bull sexed or heifer sexed? I know for a commercial cattleman a bull calf has more value, but with these being first calf heifers would potential buyers shy away for fear of the bull calves being bigger than the heifers? Probably either breeding these heifers to In Dew Time or the Genex Angus bull Right Answer. Thoughts and opinions appreciated.

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Re: Breeding heifers to sexed semen?
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2012, 07:11:10 PM »
First service I would breed them all 90% sexed semen, 2nd service use Genex's 75% sexed, and if needed conventional 3rd service. It's what I try to do. All female, they come easier and why not get yourself an A.I. sired heifer calf.......Right Answer 75% is $18! How can you go wrong! 90% he is $30  I bought him at $40! On your Sim/Angus heifers Encore is only $25 for 90%.....

I believe it's growing time in the beef industry so why not breed these heifers sexed and make some more of them! The way I look at it is if the heifer is worth A.I'ing she should be worth having a heifer calf out of...........good luck

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Re: Breeding heifers to sexed semen?
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2012, 12:17:15 PM »
First service I would breed them all 90% sexed semen, 2nd service use Genex's 75% sexed, and if needed conventional 3rd service. It's what I try to do. All female, they come easier and why not get yourself an A.I. sired heifer calf.......Right Answer 75% is $18! How can you go wrong! 90% he is $30  I bought him at $40! On your Sim/Angus heifers Encore is only $25 for 90%.....

I believe it's growing time in the beef industry so why not breed these heifers sexed and make some more of them! The way I look at it is if the heifer is worth A.I'ing she should be worth having a heifer calf out of...........good luck


This is an awesome recommendation. Can't go wrong. Females pregnant with a heifer calf of good genetics are really valuable.

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Re: Breeding heifers to sexed semen?
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2012, 10:28:06 AM »
I kinda like the idea of heifers out of heifers right now. 1...Average birth weight is smaller which is the reason a lot of people use it to begin with. 2ndly...with national cow numbers where they are, replacement heifers are going to be at a premium and should be worth as much or more than steer calves across the scales. Especially if the calves are AI sired out of good proven cow-making bulls.

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Re: Breeding heifers to sexed semen?
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2012, 01:18:07 PM »
I'm going to agree with the rest of them , sexed heifer semen all the way.

 

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