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The phrase "Crop Ear" relates to a genetic fault in Highland cattle that affects the ear shape.
In New Zealand, Highland Cattle have traditionally been a breed that has been embraced by lifestylers.
If you have not reared your yearlings you will have to organise time to buy from the market or a reputable calf rearing enterprise.
Farming bulls for beef is a major business. It provides lean export beef (grinding beef) for the USA hamburger trade.
“Condition Scoring” (CS) cows was developed many years ago to help farmers specify how skinny or fat their cows were.
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.
Bloat in cattle is caused when grass is growing rapidly and clovers are coming away, as these feeds contain natural foaming agents that generate stable foam in the rumen.
Cows will start to cycle about 6 weeks after calving when they’ll should show the typical heat signs.
When bulls start to become territorial and difficult to handle it’s tempting to assume that putting a ring in their nose will solve the problem.
Artificial Breeding (AB) and Artificial Insemination (AI) are the same thing. The term AB is only used in New Zealand and Australia. The rest of the world uses AI.
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.