Posts tagged ‘bulls’

Feeling Bullish…

I’m sure many of you saw the Chevy superbowl commercial with the Hereford bull. My sis posted it to my facebook page the day I was going to pick up bulls. We test our bulls yearly to make sure they are able to do their jobs. So yes, we are checking semen motility, morphology, and measurement. Enough, right shape, and live. We also test for stds…no kidding. If our bulls go “visiting” by jumping a fence or the neighbors come see our girls, they could catch one. This would decrease the number of calves born each year and make everyone sick. Romance isn’t always simple, even for the bovine.

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The Boys of Summer

 “Put me in coach…I’m ready to play…”? We just put our boys of summer in the game and out of the bull pen….literally. We turned the bulls out with the cows on the 8th. They get to play for 3 months and then they’ll be out of the game for the rest of the year. That allows us to know which cows are fertile, which are having trouble, which bulls are performing, and have calves that are all born around the same time and a more consistent size. For our direct market customers, this doesn’t matter too much, but for the buyers at the sale barns, it makes a difference. We have 8 bulls, one with a white or bald face, and the rest solid black. They are named Clint Eastwood (baldy), Angus, Cochise (born in the Stronghold), Wart aka King Arthur, Little Bull, and the rest are 110, 111, and 112. They are black because the market buyers, and customers, prefer “black angus” cows. I personally like my red cows but you go with what the market wants.  The picture is of 112 and 113 following the Polaris very slowly….they only move quickly around the cows or to fight (like regular boys eh?).