One of the most important aspects of
cattle farming that a farmer should
spend a good amount of attention to is
breeding cattle. Breeding cattle
not only means more stock in the herd to sell but more cows to use for
future breeding as well. What you have to understand when it comes to
breeding cattle is that the activity requires balance between genetics
and actual herd management. Without these, you will not only be left
with abnormal, ill-fitting cows but will be spending more time and money
on feeding and extra work to get them to meet standards. If you are a
cattle farmer and are trying to learn how to breed cattle properly, here
are a few tips to try:
There are many things to consider when
raising cattle, particularly beef
cattle, and one of these is actually
breeding beef cattle. Many cattle
farmers spend a certain amount of their time trying to breed their
cattle not only to be able to increase the herd but to also produce high
quality, healthy, and close-to-perfect calves. They know that consumers
and other cattle breeders only want the best in their herd, so breeding
beef cattle should be a major addition to one's agenda when engaged in
cattle farming. Unfortunately, some farmers tend to forget the most
basic tips and techniques to breeding high quality cattle and have
failed to renew the expenses made for ill-fitted cows and calves with
health problems at birth.
To be able to avoid this, here are some helpful tips on how to
effectively breed beef cattle:
Breeding beef cattle means knowing how to balance between genetics and
herd management. With this in mind, remember to be selective with
one's own herd by learning how to distinguish the good animals from
those with health and bone structure problems. Keeping the best and
raising the best is the key to successful breeding because it not only
produces cows with the best meat but also reduces the time, effort,
and money spent on work at breeding time.
Bulls and heifers should be examined once in a while, especially when
the cows are starting to show pregnancy signs and are ready to
conceive. Try certain techniques to increase your chances of producing
well-rounded cattle. For example, make sure to choose heifers with
large pelvises and a bull whose mother also had a large pelvis.
There are two ways to go for when breeding beef cattle depending on
what your preferences are. You can either artificially inseminate the
cows or keep a good bull to breed with your cows.
If you've chosen the second method, have your bull/s examined for
STDs, health problems, and once in a while for general physical
check-ups, sperm count, and scrotum circumference to be sure that your
cows will easily conceive.
Choosing the bulls for breeding also means choosing those that have
been known to produce well-rounded calves. You can go around, ask
other cattle farmers, and see if they have good bulls up for sale that
you can keep in your herd.
Never forget to maintain cleanliness in the cattle's environment and
to keep your cattle always in good condition.
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