Post by mommasquilts on Nov 18, 2020 10:54:17 GMT -5
I bred Josephine to my Hereford bull because she didn’t take to AI and I didn’t have easy access to re breed to DB—150 miles away, $200 fir breeding and boarding... Josephine is due in March or April.
Now, Cassidy is ready to breed and life is still crazy and picking up speed. I still haven’t ordered semen and I’m getting a new gorgeous registered polled Hereford today. He is just shy of his 2nd birthday and heifer safe.
Here are a couple of quandaries: first, I’m feeling a bit guilty about not breeding to DB as they are an endangered breed. Second, if I get heifers, do you think there is a market for this type of cross? Obviously if I get bulls, they will taste great.
Post by westxgrl13 on Nov 18, 2020 10:58:10 GMT -5
Just because you can't breed to DB this year doesn't mean you can't in the years to come, when things aren't so crazy! You have to go with what works right now, as far as Cassidy is concerned. Like you say, bull calves will taste great! (That probably means they'll have heifers......)
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Post by Applelonia on Nov 18, 2020 11:40:57 GMT -5
Don’t feel guilty about not breeding them to Dutch Belted...but, if you want to add more Dutch Belted to your herd, I’d try to breed them pure. As for the market ...just depends on the buyer 🙂. Some prefer pure breed cattle. Others don’t and are looking for cross breeds ~ it’s a toss-up!
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One benefit of waiting to breed to DB is that you'll have a chance to assess your heifers/cows in milk and decide what traits you want to focus on improving.
Unlike Jerseys (for example) of which there are hundreds/thousands of available bulls with every possible combination of traits, rare breeds have limited options (especially if you are limiting inbreeding) and so you really want to prioritize the traits that are important to you and need improvement.
Knowing how their udders look and how the milk quality is will help define what needs improvement.
I don't see anything wrong with breeding to another breed first time around, as long as calving ease is excellent since DB are so small.
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Post by simplynaturalfarm on Nov 18, 2020 13:55:07 GMT -5
I don't see anything wrong with breeding to whatever you want since they are your cows. Hereford dutch belted will be a cute calf. I'd really watch udders with hereford, but they'd make milky beef girls that would do very well
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