I know many of you are just starting the fall calving season, but as the calves hit the ground, it is never to early to start planning to re-breed those cows and heifers. Here is a list of things that can make your fall breeding go the best it can.
For me, it can be broken down into two basic categories: Nutrition and Health
Nutrition: Once a cow has calved, her nutritional needs change drastically from when she was pregnant. Your cow is now eating to provide nutrition for her recovery, along with providing all the nutritional requirements her newborn calf requires. In most cases, these increased needs can be met by using a protein source in conjunction with the nutrients provided by grazing. Other cases may require the use of supplemental energy and protein to meet these needs. Proper vitamin and mineral needs can be achieved through basic supplemental feed such as range cubes, the use of injectable nutrients such as MultiMin 90, or by well-balanced mineral supplements like Concept-Aid. The key to good conception rates is achieved by having the cattle gaining weight going into breeding season, along with allowing the cows 60-90 days post-partum to be physically and hormonally ready to breed.
Health: The other half of the equation is making sure your cows are vaccinated annually for many of the diseases that can cause low conception rates in cows, and lower mortality in their calves. My recommendations are to give a dose of Vira-Shield, 7-way, Stay-bred, and wormer (injectable or pour-on) Vaccinations should be done at least 2 weeks prior to cows being set up for A.I., or being turned out with bulls. In the South, wormer for parasites should be applied 2-3 times per year.
On top of the preparation of your cows and heifers for calving, this is the time to start evaluating your herd concerning operational goal, genetic outcomes from your current calf crop, and genetic goals for your future. By planning ahead, you can save yourself money, and sometimes a lot of headaches trying to get semen on the perfect bull for your cow.
Best of luck with your calving season, and don't forget to contact ZNT when making plans to breed those heifers or cows you just got done calving out.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
SOLDZNT is offering up a tremendous donor cow that is proven to produce cattle that are marketable throughout the country, and a daughter of this donor cow that is bred to one of the highest performing easy calving Angus bulls in the industry. Both are TH and PHA Free by pedigree. See our "For Sale" page for more information and details on these two individuals.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
This little girl is quick out of the blocks to impress. She is a solid bred heifer going back to Green Valley Cattle and ZNT genetics. Don't miss out on this Purebred Maine heifer, she has a very bright future. She is a Jan 2017 daughter of GVC Suh, and a very consistent ZNT Montego Bay cow.
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Updated videos and pictures of bulls available from ZNT Cattle Co. These bulls are a product of years of genetic selection at ZNT, which focuses on birth weight, maternal genetics, muscle, structure, and eye appeal. Even if you have an effective A.I. program, these bull can definitely supplement that with genetics that are comparable, and as effective as any of the bulls you can purchase semen on.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
ZNT Double Eagle 510C ET
Late May 2015 Polled 3/4 Maine Bull
Sire: Predator 19U
Dam: ZNT Jenna (dam of Montego Bay and Moves Like Jagger)
BW: 73# PHA and TH Free
|Flushmate to ZNT Double Eagle
Senior Calf Champion Maine - 2016 Ft Worth Jr Heifer Show
|GLXY Astroid 511C ET
Late December 2015 Polled PB Maine Bull
Dam: ZNT Autumn (SZH Deuces Are Wild x JAZX Audrey 352N)
BW: 80# PHA and TH Free
Saturday, January 7, 2017
It is one thing to consistently raise good cattle, but when your customers are doing the same thing with your genetics, it's that much sweeter. This is the case at Randy Petty's place in Boyd, TX. He purchased some of the best cows from ZNT, and now is raising top quality, consistent cattle. Here is a pair of bulls he currently has for sale that is proof of this. See our "For Sale" page on the ZNT Cattle Co website for more details.
|STCC Total Improvement x ZNT Jenna 707T Bull
Maternal sid to ZNT Montego Bay and ZNT Moves Like Jagger
For Sale by Randy Petty (817) 600-8347
|SZH Deuces Are Wild x JAZX Audrey 352N Bull
Full sib to ZNT's ZNT Autumn 112Y donor cow
For Sale by Randy Petty (817) 600-8347