If adequate forage is available, expected higher cattle prices should provide the incentive for producers to retain heifers for breeding from this year's calf crop
With expectations of higher prices, especially for cattle that will grade Choice, producers are likely to hold back more heifers for breeding following this year's calf crop
, provided adequate forage is available.
As the beef cow herd decline continues, the 1999 calf crop
is expected to be the smallest since the late 1980's and early 1990's, and the 2000 calf crop
is likely to drop even further, possibly to the lowest level since the early 1960's.
The drought in Argentina has had a significant impact on the size of the calf crop
By the time I purchased it, he was maintaining a herd of 10 Hereford cattle as a cow-calf operation, in which the herd is kept but the calf crop
It covers the terms and conditions of private, on-farm sales and is especially useful now that suckled calf breeders are preparing the ground for their spring 2006 calf crop
and buying new bulls.
The first year I castrated a calf crop
, a co-worker of my helper asked for them.
The quality of those Limousin cross calves made it obvious that this `new' breed had a tremendous future in Britain and had we not been delayed by opencast mining on the farm, we would have bought some pedigrees after the first calf crop
So much so that more than half the 2003 pedigree calf crop
has a higher beef value than the top 10pc of the population in 1980, with carcase conformation increasing significantly and growth potential to 400 days rising by an average of nearly 30kg.
The supplemented herd had an 83 percent calf crop
compared to 58 percent; 72 percent rebred two years in a row compared to 21 percent; they had a 78 pound higher average calf weaning weight; one-year-old heifers weighed 100 pounds more and mature cows weighed 200 pounds more than the control herd.