Animal Husbandry 101

Do you remember our discussion of a few months ago explaining that you bring on a young heifer and a new bull this year, then wait 4 years before you know if your selections were good ones? While that second calf remains the litmus test, you do get some earlier indications about your choices, and I find those signs positive at JVF. A first calf heifer is best bred to a small bull to ease the initial calving process for the inexperienced mother. Instead of focusing on the small beginning, I look at how the calf grows from its small beginning and I am seeing good vigor in that respect. That is a sign of good genetics kicking in. We seem to have a kindergarten class of quick gainers. They are short but stocky little rascals. The early signs are positive.