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Ultrasound and culling. Pulling bulls etc..
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Posted 1/11/2019 01:20 (#7236534 - in reply to #7236492)
Subject: RE: Ultrasound and culling. Pulling bulls etc..

As mentioned shortening the calving window will better the herd in the future.

Do you have a plan if you do talk your dad into pregging/culling? Are you going to market the opens right away or hold them until the spring for seasonally higher cull prices? Do you have facilities to keep them separate from the rest of the herd so you can feed them a different ration to fatten them? If he wants to put the bulls back in with the opens maybe they could be turned in for a fall calving program and sold as such. Herd size and financial position play into these decisions more often then not. If you have 30head the feed savings on the one or two opens won’t pay the vet bill to preg. If the cows need to return the most cash right now more calves=more dollars. But long term it pays more to get rid of the late calvers and replace them with a cow that can stay bred in your program.
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