YEARLING BULLS – IMMENSE POTENTIAL
USING YEARLING BULLS
AGE Yearling Bulls are generally aged 12-15 months of age weighing in 450-550kgs
GENETICS Accelerated genetic gain – source the latest and best genetics 6 – 12 months earlier. Using new genetics earlier means getting more generations over time, which is a positive, and accumulates within the cow herd
ADAPT Yearling Bulls adapt to your environment quicker; big heavy 2 year old bulls can crash and lose a lot of weight if they were fed up before sale, making it harder to recover post joining
WORKERS In our client’s experience, yearling bulls get to straight to work getting cows pregnant, whereas older bulls get distracted – fight each other first, and mate cows later
NO ILLUSIONS No use buying a big fat bull thinking it equates to good genetics – what you see is not always what you get; check out their performance data. Over feeding can damage bulls for life. Working Age Yearling bulls will always be smaller than 2 years old bulls.
LONGEVITY Better value; a lower cost of production as they are proven to have longer working lives resulting in a lower cost per calf over time
- When you get them home, give them a few weeks to acclimatize to their new environment before joining. Keep an eye on the younger bulls if they are put in with older bulls
- Try to avoid single sire mating at all times, no matter the bulls age, and ideally join yearlings with bulls same age in the group to avoid injury
- Yearlings can handle between 25-40 females at one time, but the bigger the cows, reduce the size of group per bull , we would recommend in their first year 30 females per bull
- Bulls can lose condition after joining, but recover to normal weight in time. Post joining diet overcomes this and the bulls generally remain lean and fit for longer
- Keep an eye on the bulls during joining if you can
- Please don’t hesitate to call us at any time with questions!
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