Faster horses wrote:Congratulations! I figured on a May 1 average calving date to Dec. 18th on your steers, say they weighed 85# at birth, they averaged
2.8# a day (without figuring any shrink on the 725#. Pretty darn nice!! In SE Montana when we get enough rain that the crested wheat grass greens up, it's like feeding grain. Man, they do good! Long-season cover crops have become increasingly popular too.
I certainly respect your breeding program. We used some of the same genetics. We figured if we took care of the female side of things the steer side would work well too. It would be great to see pictures of your set of calves.
Good luck pregnancy checking!
Faster horses wrote:That is a dandy set of steers! Big and stout. Sorry about your preg test. You are right, it coulda been better. My only comment would be that we couldn't leave the calves on the cows as long as you plan to, but that is in our country. The cow is the factory, after all and in winter it takes a lot out of the cow to have a calf sucking her. We calve late March and get the calves off the cow by Mid Oct.
You have a really stout set of cows to raise calves that weigh like yours do. Sad to lose any of them. An old cowboy told us once that the first thing a cow has to do is have a live calf, second thing is to breed back, then last thing is to raise it.
Thanks for the photo. They were WOW calves.