Post by finallyfarming on Sept 8, 2019 19:00:38 GMT -5
So in a recent fit of stupidity, I bought a small herd of Dexters. There are 3 cows with calves, an 18 month old unrelated heifer and a bull who is not related to the cows or heifer. Buuuuut, the bull is the sire of all the 4 month old calves and two are heifers. They are all in a pasture together right now. So what to do, what to do? Do I separate the heifer calves at weaning and just Lute them at that time? I would like the bull to breed my Jersey who calved at the beginning of August and my other cow who calved at the same time. Neither cow has showed any signs of heat yet though. So how long can I leave him in with the youngsters? Do Dexters come into heat as soon as Jerseys? I am seriously questioning my own sanity at this point, there is just so much fence building that can be done before winter. So do you Dexter owners have any insight into my self made dilemma? I could also try to sell the heifers at weaning to avoid the whole separation thing for the winter. Bulls just seem to make life harder. Until you need your cows bred of course.
Post by dexterfarm on Sept 9, 2019 14:23:21 GMT -5
I have a herd of 75 Dexters. I breed seasonally I only pull the bulls out from feb to june so i dont have winter calves. If I have late born fall heifers i sometimes will not put them with the rest in the spring if they are still small. I have never had one born in the spring get breed before I pull the bull in feb. I have had a fall born one get breed the next spring and calve at 20 months she did fine with it. Can it happen it sure can but not as common as some might think. I will also add that I do not feed any grain. I have known some who do grain feed that it seems to make them mature faster.
claytonpaul: A bull was put on her herd Late Last May so she was expected to be due between May1 and August. They quoted me August so I wouldn't be disappointing by a late arrival.
May 23, 2019 13:07:11 GMT -5
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