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:
o Always be selective within your own herd. You should be able to
distinguish good animals from those with health and body structure
problems because keeping only the best not only produces the best cows
but also saves up on time and energy for work during breeding time.
o Remember to have a full body scan of your bulls before using them for
breeding. You can have them checked for STDs, sperm count, take them for
physical health check-ups, and the like.
o When choosing bulls for breeding, select those that have been known to
have produced high quality calves. Once you've found that bull, you can
either keep him in your herd of just artificially inseminate your cows
using a wide range of bulls. Though this gives you more options to
choose from, artificial insemination requires more work on your part.
o When breeding cattle, always keep your cattle in a healthy environment
and in good condition. Many mistakes done before breeding can cause
significant problems to the entire process. For example, if you overfeed
or underfeed your cows, it not only lessens their chances of conceiving
but increases the calf's health risks at birth.
o For future breeding activities, it would be best to record breeding
dates. Do so accurately as this will help you prepare for future
pregnancy signs in your cows and will determine how soon your cows will
Accomplish most of these tips when breeding cattle and you'll be sure to
produce award-winning calves. Though it may be a bit more stressful, the
success that you get from breeding is a self-fulfilling one that you'd
want to develop your skills even more.
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