Post by DostThouHaveMilk on Mar 18, 2007 20:49:01 GMT -5
I have a question. What would you all expect to pay for, or receive for, bull stud fees? Jersey bulls, non-registered (though at least one is registerable with little trouble). Farmer would board the animals in question and keep them fed. If the animal was in milk and needed to be milked how much would you add to the boarding fees? What about if the cow came with a calf on her? Would you ask a bit mroe to cover the calf's hay? What all would your require the cow/heifer have been tested for?
One of our members (Tracey) is entering a new world with her bulls and she asked me what I thought. I haven't a clue. lol It certainly would help out others in her area and would be a little more income since she has two mature bulls and only two cows and two heifers to breed at this point.
You can get in touch with me at SkyLark_RKR@yahoo.com if you have questions.
Post by Jerseymilkman on Mar 19, 2007 5:11:10 GMT -5
Good morning to all!
Well just a few weeks ago down here in TEXAS, saw an ad from a person that has a Jersey bull that he will rent out for $200 a month. Just to let you know and might help. Have NOT been able to go see this bull yet, but will when I get time and let you know more.
Stud fee depends on the quality of the bull -- Registered bulls would bring more than unregistered bulls. A good estimate would be $20-$50 per cow for the actual stud fee. Board for the cow should reflect the actual cost of keeping her, and any work that she will require from you. Should range from $2 - $10 per day per cow. The last cows that I boarded for breeding (synch + AI), I charged $2.50 per day per cow (+ cost of breeding), they were only getting hay.
Last Edit: Mar 19, 2007 7:24:23 GMT -5 by AnnB (NE)
My Dad gets milk regularly so it is his best interest to help get my cow bred ;D. But when we were talking about solutions to my dilemma of getting her bred, I asked if we talk to the neighbor about using his bull what price would be a good price to offer him. Dad said, "Don't pay him anything he won't be out anything at all. Good neighbors would never charge." We don't really know our neighbor very well though and my husband refused to ask him. That is just the way it is in our neck of the woods. I figure there is always risks involved and it would be a good gesture on our part to offer something, even if it is refused. Our neighbor got rid of his bull now anyway.
We ended up taking her to my dad's bull 30 miles away and hopefully were successful.
I've never paid cash to use a bull. I don't ask except for in the "off" season, when the grass is gone, and feed them well for a couple of months, and take excellent care of them. I try to set it up so it is a "win/win" situation. A bull owner's concern will be that the bull is fed well, won't be injured, will be housed properly (bull-proof fencing), and won't bring home any STD's.
I suppose it would be different if I was using a Jersey or something that was going to give me a calf that might be used for other than beef. It would surely be different if I was taking the cow to the bull instead of bringing the bull here.
Tig - 3/4 Jersey 1/4 Dexter 11 yr
Lucy (aka "Lucifer") Guernsey 10 yr
Pepper-Angus/Dexter/Jersey 6 yr
Mocha (aka Crazy Cow) 5 yr
Eva Holstein 5 yr
Maggie - HoJo 4 yr
Chloe - Jersey/Dexter 4 yr
Brie - Jersey - 3 yr
I take Daisy to the neighbor's Angus bull, but she only stays the day of her heat and then I lead her back. They don't charge me, but I make sure they get a couple of gallons of colostrum and calving help if they need it.
We also buy hay from them, usually at reduced price, in exchange for the fact that they can get welding done even at ten o'clock at night.
Still, it's difficult to trade with most people and have both sides feel like they got a good deal. Sometimes it just better to offer cash.
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