I've always used yearling bulls, Hereford and Jerseys, over my girls. So far I haven't had any fertility or injury problems. If the bull won't give the cow any rest after serving her a few times I take the cow away from him. If I need to do this, I always ensure he has either another cow, bull or steer for company.
Midge New Zealand Devoted Milkmaid of Ellie and Head Cow of 10 glorious small Jersey nurse-cows.
Thanks for the info. I have two reg jerseys...one cow 7 years old and a heifer 2 1/2 years old. I thought they were both FINALLY bred (heifer -I thought-bred in April and cow -I thought-bred in June) and they both came in heat this week I've had the heifer AI'd twice and twice taken her to a bull. The cow I've AI'd twice. Soo I'm looking my options...perhaps purchasing a young jersey bull to run with the girls. My dad thinks I've got the girls too fat (happens to the best of us haha)and that's part of the breeding problem? He has limousine cattle. Any suggestions?
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