Faster horses wrote:That is a dandy set of steers! Big and stout. Sorry about your preg test. You are right, it coulda been better. My only comment would be that we couldn't leave the calves on the cows as long as you plan to, but that is in our country. The cow is the factory, after all and in winter it takes a lot out of the cow to have a calf sucking her. We calve late March and get the calves off the cow by Mid Oct.
You have a really stout set of cows to raise calves that weigh like yours do. Sad to lose any of them. An old cowboy told us once that the first thing a cow has to do is have a live calf, second thing is to breed back, then last thing is to raise it.
Thanks for the photo. They were WOW calves.
Thanks for the kind words. I should have posted a few pics of the cows. They averaged BCS 6 when we weaned on Monday. Had we taken the calves off earlier, I think we might have struggled getting them down the alley for preg checking! The cover crop they have been grazing for the last two months put on condition like nothing I've experienced before. Our cows tend to be pretty easy fleshing anyway.
We've been working with a nutritionist on a custom mineral program for a few years. I know we're adding quite a little copper, as we are always on the low side of things there. Maybe selenium is tying up some of it, we tend to be high in that. I see very little to no rust-colored hair on our black cows so a severe copper deficiency I would be surprised by.
Bulls are on mineral year around also. I've spent hours talking to everyone I thought could help solve this and some persistent health issues with our calves (this year was just ok, not great, but better than the past 3 yrs). Whatever is going on, it isn't anything common or obvious it seems.