Hi to everyone this is Bev in Wwest Dakota and this is a hereford ranch with black bulls on teh young stuff fopr more profit in the fall and don't know who mentioned only getting light calves from hereford cows but they must have had bad bulls and not good cows as we alsways have hereford calves over 500 and this last fall our steers came within 3 lbs of the baldy steers so you can get good ones if you want.
We kept most of the hereford heifers but of what was sold they hit 400 and that was the lighter ones.
We are the third generation family on this ranch and only went to balcks when the markets got really bad and then herefords weren't wanted at ll. Some on said the year of 73 they sold some for 30cents and dont' understand that as that was a good year for us and then down hill from then again and not back on top again. Haven't even had to deal with teh banker for teh last 4 years and that is good news all around.
My this is a beautiful Easter sunday and we got a little moisture on thursday and can use more but we don't want any big storm with this calving going on/ We started on teh 19th and are doing fairly well. No backwards ones yet and teh hereford heifers are having theirs pretty well by themselves so guess we got good low birth weight bulls on them this year.
Mangen angus would be glad to hear that. We have used his bulls for teh past 10 years.
I will admit their are problems with herefords but there are never to many you have to worry about running you down when trying to earmark a calf. We do get bad eyes yes but out of 300 head not that many.
My husband and his brother are doing it alone this year and both are getting older so don't want any big storms as then have to bring in teh big herd and lock them up and then have sickness. Lost one to scors from just this little storm but kind of out own fault as thought the calve had sucked and he hadn't. Will say when a hereford calf gets cold they don't get up and suck like a black one.
MRJ we had alot of backwards calves one year also and now we haven't had any for quite sometime and some cows can have them but never ahve seen a life one i dont' think.
Ok everyon ahve a good spring. Rain in May would be really nice.