Every two or three years we try to replace old cows with new heifers. Over the last year we kept eight of our raised on the farm calves and purchased eight from a farm down the road. They are all black angus and all about the same size and age, 15 -18 months old.
We pulled out nine of them to go ahead and breed back in June with one of our new bulls because they were the oldest and heavier of the stock.
We made the mistake of not having that group far enough away from the ones that we wanted to wait for a bit until they put on at least another 100 – 150 pounds. Well, the young bull took care of business sooner than we expected and he decided to venture through a couple fences and took care of business as soon as one of the younger heifers came into heat. We’re not sure how many he bred before we got him out but should know toward the end of May. There have two of the younger to come into heat and thought they were far enough away from the bulls BUT one heifer didn’t want to wait another year and went through a property fence and up the road to another farm. Everyone thought the cow in the road by herself belonged in that farmer’s field and was turned in directly to their bull. We got her back home two days ago and now we wait and see!!!
Heifers are cows that have never been bred or had a calf so come spring we will have to keep a close watch on all 16 of them. First time calves can be troublesome so we will see what spring brings forth!!!