We all know that you want to keep a heifer that will
make a good momma cow. Of course, who really knows
what type of history a replacement heifer will make one
day because many times those we have kept have
ended up open or just did not fit our program two years
later. One way Cleveland Land and Cattle tries to ensure
the replacement heifers kept are of the right kind is by
conducting a soundness evaluation in the fall of each
year for these new replacements. The local vet is called upon to conduct pelvic measurements and to test the internal components of each heifer before any breeding is conducted. Any replacement heifer that does not pass is culled.
We try not to breed any heifer until at least 775-800lbs.
They are fed accordingly, but not pushed too hard to
obtain this weight requirement. At the time, the
soundness evaluation is conducted, each heifer will lose
the eartag she was assigned at birth, and now be given
her eartag number, which will remain with her, the rest
of her life. She is also tattooed to ensure her identity is
never lost in the event that the tag is removed. It is not
uncommon for our farm to raise potential replacement heifers for other people as well, which creates a situation where we have the ability to market these bred heifers in the late summer and early fall months. In August 2014, we sold 76 bred heifers and look forward to offering many more next year. We have already been contacted by local farmers to grow out replacement heifers for their herds, and this will allow us an opportunity to sell at least 150 bred heifers during the 2015 summer/fall months.
Give us a call if you have an interest in the same.