Cattle Planning Stragegy

  1. How old does a cow have to be to be breed?
    Normally, it is a good idea to breed heifers one month ahead of the main cow herd; so, we need to get heifers that have a mature weight of 1,200 pounds to weigh 780 pounds by the time they are 12-14 months old. Developing Heifers - Keys to Success
  2. How many cows can a bull breed?
    The traditional rule of thumb has been 25-30 cows per bull, however, there has been research that indicates this number could be increased to as many as 50 cows per bull without a negative impact on conception rate. However, a breeding soundness exam must be done 30-60 days prior to bull turn out. Breeding season bull management
  3. What time of year is best for cows to give birth?
    Choosing a time of the year to calve is the first major decision. Early spring (February-March) is the most popular time of year to calve in the Foundation's service area. February-born calves are typically older and heavier when weaned in October than calves born later in the spring. Ranchers Can Manage Calving Seasons
  4. How many calves can a cow have per year?
    In fact, cows rarely even have triplets, or twins. A normal dairy cow usually has only 1 baby at a time. According to the veterinarian, the cow released 3 oocytes from her ovaries which were fertilized, one of which split, producing two calves that are genetically identical. How many Babies do cows have?