How old does a heifer have to be before you can predict with any degree of accuracy what her mature size will be? Sweet Pea is 6 months old, 37 inches high at the hip and weighs 344 lbs. Her sire was small and slight and Daisy weighs between 850 and 900 lbs but she's not very tall. I have a lot of breeding scenarios to sort through with the family and I'd like to know if I can count on her being 500 lbs before July. She is still nursing and I'll keep letting her until I dry off Daisy at the end of November. They have good hay available free choice.
As an aside, LeBoeuf is 2 and a half months old, 212 lbs and 35 inches tall!!! I understand that he had head start on birth weight but golly! He's got these long Jersey legs and she's built like a tank. ;D
Future wife to a husband
Future mother of some children
Arctic farming at it's finest:
Bonnie- Highland/Shorthorn cow
Saoirse her 2013 heifer calf
Sunny her 2013 heifer calf
Sweet Pea-Dexsey heifer
Hershey her 2013 bull calf
Adam, Joe, Cocoa and Cleo, the turkey herd
Dogs, cat, parakeets and fish
ladybelle: I have a question if anyone can help out. I have to adult cows that keep nursing on each other. Can you suggest anything I can do to get them to stop doing it. Thank you
Sept 4, 2013 12:44:59 GMT -5
wyomama: ladybelle, post a thread in the Family Cow section. Weaning rings might work. They make permanent ones.
Sept 4, 2013 14:49:55 GMT -5
AJ & Denise: anyone there to chat we need a little advice
Sept 9, 2013 15:30:51 GMT -5
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