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If you have not reared your yearlings you will have to organise time to buy from the market or a reputable calf rearing enterprise.
In New Zealand, Highland Cattle have traditionally been a breed that has been embraced by lifestylers.
There are many reason to try to do without a bull on your block. They are generally expensive to buy - if you buy a decent one.
To find your grazers, this might need a couple of adverts in the local paper during April or May, or a few phone calls to local dairy farmers and word of mouth.
Primitive cattle needed horns to fight off predators and to sort out social ranking within the herd. Bulls needed them in their death fights for the 'king' bull status.
Simple Condition Scoring for cows - learn these seven points to feel on the cow.
If you have not reared your weaners you will have to organise time to buy from the market or a reputable calf rearing enterprise.
Cows with low magnesium run the risk of loss of production, going down at calving with “grass staggers” and death, at a time when you can least afford these losses.
Once you start looking at cattle you need to choose the option to go for. Here are some things to take into consideration:
“Condition Scoring” (CS) cows was developed many years ago to help farmers specify how skinny or fat their cows were.