many heifers do I have to have?
Our pen sizes can accommodate groups of 35 hd. or more.
do the heifers need to be there 90 days ahead of breeding?
Studies have shown that this period of development can
affect the heifer for the rest of her life. This stage
of development can have long term impacts on fertility
which directly relates to longevity in your herd. We
feel nutritional management during this phase is the
most CRITICAL stage in a young heifers life and can
determine whether or not she becomes a productive producer
in your program. Our experience has shown that a shortcut
during this phase will result in subpar conception rates
and skeletal development.
do you feed?
Our ration is a high roughage limit fed ration. It consists
of irrigated grass hay, corn silage, corn and mineral
supplement. We sample our ration every week to insure
it is of the highest quality. We have a consulting nutritionist
that works with us in formulating our ration.
is a BVD Test?
We test all incoming cattle for BVD as part of our program.
BVD (Bovine Viral Diarrhea) is a viral disease in cattle
that can cause many problems in a herd. In most herds
infertility is the most common and costly problem because
it can go undiagnosed. Other problems caused by BVD
include pneumonia, abortions, still births, early embryonic
death loss, weak or deformed calves and immunosuppressant.
By verifying the status of the heifer, this lets us
take one more variable out of the equation that can
negatively affect health and conception rates.
do you synchronize the heifers?
We use the 14 day CIDR protocol. We will put a CIDR
in 30 days ahead of breeding and leave it in for 14
days. We will then pull the CIDR and wait 16 days then
give a shot of prostaglandin and begin heat detection.
are the options for the open heifers at the end of the
Open heifers at the end of our breeding program can
provide a good return as well as valuable data. The
ability to market heifers at this age as feeders will
add more to the bottom line instead of in the fall when
they are older and have less value. We have several
different options with feeders from grass fed beef programs
to feedyards that can provide you with valuable carcass
data to incorporate back into your herd.
are you located?
We are located 3 miles north of Desdemona, TX on highway
16 (North Central Texas) or 12 miles south of I-20,
about half way between FT. Worth and Abilene Texas.