breeding a holstein bull with a angus heafer

Discussion in 'Cattle' started by _RoSe_, Mar 23, 2004.

  1. _RoSe_

    _RoSe_ Guest

    i was told it wasnt safe to breed a holstein bull with a black angus heafer anyone know if this true?
     
  2. Jena

    Jena Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't do it.

    Typically you would want a calving ease bull or one from a breed not known for throwing big calves on a heifer. They aren't done growing yet and you really want to make that first baby as easy as possible on them.

    Holsteins are rather large and you could end up with a dead calf...and a dead heifer.

    Jena
     

  3. pumpkinlady

    pumpkinlady Well-Known Member

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    I agree with Jena on this.
     
  4. Terri

    Terri Singletree & Weight Loss & Permaculture Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    My Great-Uncle was a rancher. One year he bred a large bull to angus heifers. He had to pull several calves and never did that cross with a heifer again. The risk of loosing a cow while he was asleep was too great.
     
  5. shakeytails in KY

    shakeytails in KY Well-Known Member

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    Yup, calving ease is the biggest problem. However, you should also be aware that dairy breed bulls usually have extremely nasty dispositions, and having one on your farm is like playing with fire.