Have access to a Simmental bull that was bred for calving ease and neighbor says he does throw the small calves like he's supposed to. He typically winters in the pasture right next to ours and in the interest of stopping my fence jumping jersey/angus cross heifer we're having him stay with us for a bit Mocha's biggest tell that she's in heat is bawling and heading for the neighbors pasture anyway. Was wondering what you all think of allowing the cross with my full jersey?
If you are speaking of breeding her to your full Jersey six year old cow, I'd be for the idea. I've never had a beef bull sire a calf on a Jersey cow that caused any problems. We just freshened out several Jerseys bred to a Hereford bull this past spring. No calving issues except the one who had dead twins. No calves were too big.
But, if you are speaking of breeding him to your heifer, I'd be against it.
Location: south central KY 75 miles SSE of Louisville
Jersey typical calf 35 to 65 lbs.
Simmental typical 65 to 100 lbs.
And there have been records showing the cow prolapses with the Jersey cow Simmental bull cross and that was cows not heifers. And a normally small calving bull is not a guarantee he can still throw a big calf. So I say no if was my cow.
Hay point is correct you are taking a BIG chance of loseing your jersey the semital is a big breed of cattle .the few pounds of beef extra if she does have a trouble free calf isn't worth the worry the angus jersey cross usally works better
well crud. AI seems like it will be a pain to catch the girls "just right" and no angus or jersey bulls that I know of in our area
Haypoint, I would LOVE to breed her straight jersey from now to forever but will only get away with that if I could guarantee hubby heifer calves. We only have 14 acres so we're not looking to increase to more than 3 ladies at this time so it just doesn't seem worth the expense for sexed semen. This bull throws the smallest calves in our area and just thought it was an added bonus that he was right across the fence.
I wouldn't trust either of the girls bred straight up jersey even to not need a calf pulled so yes, we have a puller and OB chains. I've pulled many goat kids but never been the one actually pulling on the calf (seen it done and been the one standing back with the towels many times).
Is there measurements that can be done on my girls that are similar to the measurements they do for pregnant women at first OB to see how big of a kid could be vaginally delivered?
He is in the pasture now but I think we have a couple of weeks before the girls cycle back around. I'll double check with Sam's owner regarding the sizes thrown.
Oh, and pic of Sam at the top, that is Mocha (the heifer) behind him and downhill. Side by on flat ground and he's maybe only 3 inches or so taller than her at the shoulders but she won't stand still for weigh tape...scratches and belly rubs yes, the tape no apparently it is evil somehow
Location: south central KY 75 miles SSE of Louisville
Yes a ultrasound can be done. But I still would not do the cross. You can also give them shots to bring them into heat and then A.I. them together which is a much better choice.
I have seen a few lowline jersey crosses it don't look bad. A beefier look but still small.
Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons...for you are crunchy and good with ketchup!
I work with a lady that does AI and we discussed those injections. Natural heat works better and those shots are more expensive than the breeding would be and without a guarantee. My plan before that was to inject and force a cycle when she had time to AI my girls. I've tried calling AI folks several times over the summer and still no one is bred so while I would love to have my pick of the registries it doesn't seem to be working out for us this year.
Myersfarm, just curious as to why not to keep as a milker? but then I never did grow out of the "why" phase
I'm also curious, just pure curiosity, why OK for the smaller frame cow and not the larger frame heifer? speculating at a few answers myself but want to know for sure
Also talk to a dairy they usually have a bull bring them by. Or ask if they AI if they can AI yours at the same time for a fee. They sometimes have a AI tech. or one come every so often to breed cows. If they have their own bull he will be of a good quality and you pay a little to breed yours.
You can have a vet come out and do a pelvic measurement on the heifer (and older cow also if you wanted). It is not the same as an ultrasound. They will measure the actual size of the pelvic opening (bone structure). Vet can help you determine safe calving size for the animal but I have heard is you take the square inches of pelvic area and divide by 2, that will give you pounds of calf the cow can safely deliver.
Another thing to consider, is since the heifer is already a cross bred female, the end result could still be a large calf. What do you know about the Angus side of her. Some Angus have great calving ease numbers, but that does not always translate into great maternal calving ease numbers. A full blood jersey will have really good calving ease numbers.
I can understand why you would want to do it - it would be easy.
I've still got the number for the man I bought her from. I'll call him and see if I can get her sire's registration number. The measurement of the bony structures is the one I was wondering about...they do that at the very first OB appointment for women to make sure the gal can deliver an average size baby
Another thing on Mocha, I took my great uncle's advice...she is 2 years old right now and will be 3 years old when she calves. He said she'd have an easier time of it and would make a better mother if I let her grow up first.
I've also spoken to the bull's owner. He says 70 pounds for a bull calf without taking the jersey genetics into consideration. His lineage is heavy on the dual purpose aspect of the breed which makes me curious about potential calves produced from the cross. I've also spoken to the local co-op and they say my girls will be fine with him. I'm still looking at forms and tables in research articles regarding simmentals and calving ease and haven't been finding much difference between them and angus but there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of data out there.
@myersfarms...thank you so much was curious because I understand some folks will actually milk a beef breed as the family cow so wasn't sure I'd come to the right conclusion there.
Haypoint, I haven't managed to get AI to work for us this year. I am away from the house at 15-16 hours at a time 4 days per week right now and either I can't catch the girls in heat or I can't get someone out here to AI when they are. The prices of the injections to force a heat increase the cost to 250ish per girl. My husband's hours are more demanding than mine as he drives his own truck and then works on 3 different fleets of trucks when he is not driving. To cut it short, he's either at work or asleep. I have no access to a jersey bull and no jersey dairy close enough but again, if there were, I would still have the issue of catching my girls coming around. I have a bull calf in my pasture that is purebred who was too big for his mama too. Should we blame the crossing with someone too big there. Or perhaps we can consider that if the bull throws small calves but once in a while you get a big calf, that maybe the trouble was with the cow? Humans with gestational diabetes and numerous other disorders of pregnancy will throw a big baby too no matter what sizes the daddy had before and I'm pretty sure your everyday cow doesn't get nearly the same prenatal care as humans do to prevent it. Also humans can have disorders with one pregnancy but not the next and so on. ANY time I have my animals bred it is a gamble, just sometimes we have managed to count the cards, less of a gamble, but a gamble nonetheless.
: I HAVE THE BREED WRONG ON THE POST! I have a bad habit of only correctly remembering the first letter of a word right even when I repeat it back a couple of times....He's a Salers! that explains so soooo much in the conflicting recommendations I'm getting. It also explains why I've been thinking he doesn't look nearly so big as what everything says he should be. I'm such a dork! So now with the correct breed and salers being listed as more jersey sized...now what would we think of the offspring of the cross?