- Feb 10, 2005
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- Montgomery, Al
Big Muddy rancher said:Would not choosing replacements from the middle of the herd and not the top or biggest hfrs not moderate and even out a cow herd. I know it is hard to disipline ones self not to pick the biggest but I think that leads the herd down the wrong direction.
Big Muddy, Culling the heifers is a two-edged sword. By culling the smallest, (and using an age consideration) you are getting rid of slow growers, and by culling the largest at weaning you are giving up that faster growth too. The larger calves at weaning do not necessarily make the largest cows/bulls in my situation. I cull the bottom end at weaning, make a cull after ultrasound and let the heifers calve at least once, sometimes two, then make another decision. My bull customers will not accept moderate growth at weaning, because they are weaning on the trailer and selling by the pound. I guess it's a question of when you cull also.