Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Heat Detection in Cattle (Video)

I have put together a short video demonstrating the 3 stages of estrus in cattle.  Many may think this is very basic information, but I remember years ago when we synchronized our first set of cow, and I didn't have a clue what exactly I was looking for when I was sent out to "heat check."

Ideally, a heifer or cow should be inseminated 10 hrs after standing heat ends.  Sounds simple??? Not really.  Cows do not tell us when they start, they don't tell us when they end, and they definitely don't wait for daylight hours to show us.  I typically like to inseminate 12-24 hrs after I observe an animal in "heat."

Here's my rule of thumb:
Heat observed between sunrise and 9am - breed between 6pm-8pm
Heat observed after 9am - breed between 6am-8am of next day

Feel free to email or call me if you have any questions.

Thanks for watching!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Triple X strikes again - Update, She's For Sale!

The Kaz Family has advised me that they would be willing to sell this outstanding heifer.  She is a dual registered Mainetainer and Chimaine.  Born in April of 2010.  An opportunity to purchase a great heifer like this does not come around often.  Call me to see this heifer, and several other powerful heifer prospects.  The trip to Rhome will be worth it.

Originally Posted on Jan 5, 2010
Just had to have a little fun clipping and picturing this Triple X heifer out of a Direct Hit (Heatseeker) x Mercedes cow that was raised by the Kaz Family here in North Texas.  This mating has worked well over the last few years, but this year it really clicked.  We just bred her dam to Montego Bay today.