Easy calving A.I bull

goldenhoof

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Livestock Farmer
Looking at getting some limousin semen from genus or cogent for some Angus and limousin X heifers, any recommendations? Must be easy calving, or any other breeds?
 

choochter

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Location
aberdeenshire

I've used this bull, no problems calving cows or heifers and calves are very good
Used on Limousin cows, the calves will be orange colour as well
 

goldenhoof

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Livestock Farmer
Have used Lodge Hamlet, all calved well. I don't know about availability of his straws and would like a backup plan. I wouldn't keep anything back for breeding.
 

Qman

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Location
Near Derby
Have used Lodge Hamlet, all calved well. I don't know about availability of his straws and would like a backup plan. I wouldn't keep anything back for breeding.

Hamlet is a very easy calving bull but you can't get him anymore. Why wouldn't you save any Hamlet heifers for breeding? I ask cuz I,ve got several to calve (to an AA)
 

goldenhoof

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Livestock Farmer
I had been told Hamlet daughters were short of milk and not sure if would prefer my cows/hfrs maybe a bit more framey.
First calves to him, so plenty of time to see how they develop.
 

Johngee

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Llandysul
Tweeddale Lennox is supposed to be pretty easy calving. We had his half brother as stock bull here for the last 4 years and it was very rare for us to have to help out at calving
 

Roy_H

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Tweeddale Lennox is supposed to be pretty easy calving. We had his half brother as stock bull here for the last 4 years and it was very rare for us to have to help out at calving
That's great news but funny thing, many moons ago Genus had a Hereford bull called "Abelsfield 3 Acrobat" for percentage of difficult calvings his score was an incredible 0.0! The chap from Genus told us he was a very popular bull to use on heifers because of this reputation. The strange thing is we once had a Hereford bull from the same herd "Abelsfield 3 Russell" and never mind about heifers, that barsteward was a cow killer ! His calves were bloody enormous, we had some terrible calvings because of that sod.
 

Roy_H

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We find saler bulls brilliant on limousin heifers they take easy calving to another level. Wouldn’t know what they sell like as stores as we finnish ours
I remember a vet saying about one of our near neighbours who had " A gigantic Salers bull running with some very overfit fit cows, l thought 'Oh no I think we're gonna be busy here!' Then they started calving, every calf was tiny, about as big as an Alsatian dog, so they had no calving problems whatsoever but boy did those little calves grow!"😉
 

tr250

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Location
Northants
I remember a vet saying about one of our near neighbours who had " A gigantic Salers bull running with some very overfit fit cows, l thought 'Oh no I think we're gonna be busy here!' Then they started calving, every calf was tiny, about as big as an Alsatian dog, so they had no calving problems whatsoever but boy did those little calves grow!"😉
Yes they come out like little leggy fawns and grow like stink and almost born with teat in their mouth. if I can remember I’ll get a picture of some in the morning
 

Roy_H

Member
Yes they come out like little leggy fawns and grow like stink and almost born with teat in their mouth. if I can remember I’ll get a picture of some in the morning
Yeah l remember him saying about them that they were "Up and sucking" in no time. I think the farmer in question was a bit disappointed when he saw the first calf ( How tiny it initially was) But like I said " Better a little tiny calf full of life than a great big dead un and a knackered cow!"
 

tr250

Member
Location
Northants
Yeah l remember him saying about them that they were "Up and sucking" in no time. I think the farmer in question was a bit disappointed when he saw the first calf ( How tiny it initially was) But like I said " Better a little tiny calf full of life than a great big dead un and a knackered cow!"
Yea couldn’t agree more. They grow well but don’t quite come to the money at the end as the lims and charalais but on heifers and as cows they are great
 

crofteress

Member
Livestock Farmer
Huntershall have a son of Conan , straws of him a available . On the Irish forum they all use elderberry galahad for easy calving over there
 

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