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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.
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.
Once you start looking at cattle you need to choose the option to go for. Here are some things to take into consideration:
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.
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.
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.
If you have not reared your yearlings you will have to organise time to buy from the market or a reputable calf rearing enterprise.
If you have not reared your weaners you will have to organise time to buy from the market or a reputable calf rearing enterprise.