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The phrase "Crop Ear" relates to a genetic fault in Highland cattle that affects the ear shape.
The Highland Cattle industry in New Zealand uses a grading system to denote what level of Highland genetics (or 'bloodlines') each animal enjoys.
In New Zealand, Highland Cattle have traditionally been a breed that has been embraced by lifestylers.
Well-grown heifer calves are capable of becoming pregnant from about 6 months of age. Bull calves can be fertile from about the same age.
Research now 60 years old showed that poorly-reared young stock will carry this burden into later life.
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 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.
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.
Once you start looking at cattle you need to choose the option to go for. Here are some things to take into consideration:
Simple Condition Scoring for cows - learn these seven points to feel on the cow.
When to sell your beef cattle depends on many things, but the two most common reasons are to maximise returns, or cut losses by quitting stock.
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.
If you have not reared your yearlings you will have to organise time to buy from the market or a reputable calf rearing enterprise.