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April 18, 2012
had the vet come and palpate our cows last weekend. Got 18 cows and only 6 were pregnant, ranging from 45 days to 6 months. The rest were open. Vet is thinking it is a bull problem. Have the vet coming back Friday to do a fertility soundness check on the bull. Waiting to hear what the vet says Friday, but we may need a new bull. We were wanting to do 2 calving seasons but now we will have to see.
Anyone else gone through problems like this before?
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April 18, 2012
Too expensive for us right now. $2k just to start the breeding program here with our large animal vet, not counting semen price for nice bulls which in itself can be in the 800 to $1k mark. Then each cow has to be inseminated and there is a price for that as well. It is a good idea, but I am sure you know when you have a farm, there is always something broken that needs fixing or other things to do.
I guess that is one of the risks you take when you choose to breed a specific and semi-rare cattle breed (Charolais) but for the health aspect, I am glad this is the breed we chose. Much leaner than traditional cattle and grassfed has a completely different kind of fat and marbling than grain fed meats you see in the supermarket.
It is funny because many meat cattle breeders will get their organic certification, but you can get organic certification if you feed organic grains. Grassfed is much more natural and creates a leaner beef and the breed we use is already a lean cow. Many people are surprised by the huge difference there is between our meat and traditional black angus/ supermarket meats. It is a lighter color, there is no dense white fat, more yellow colored fat marbling. It cooks faster as well.
We will see what the vet says Friday.
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