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Cattle Reproduction

Knowing reproduction of cattle is important to the herd, no matter how big or small it is. Cattle reproduction involves breeding, genetics pregnancy, calving, care of the young calf and weaning, all of which is involved in the reproduction of cattle. Questions about everything involving in cattle reproduction, including a little on lactation, can be asked and answered here.

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What is a young bull?

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A young bull refers to a male bovine that is under four years old. At this age, bulls are still developing physically and sexually, and they are often kept separate from mature bulls to prevent aggressive behavior. Young bulls are commonly raised for beef production or breeding purposes.

How many uterus does a cow have?

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A cow has one uterus. It is a single-chambered reproductive organ where the fetus develops during pregnancy.

How big is a bull when you should stop breeding it?

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A bull is typically retired from breeding when it reaches 8-10 years of age or when its reproductive abilities decline significantly. Signs that indicate it may be time to stop breeding a bull include decreased libido, decreased sperm quality, and difficulty mating or mounting cows. It is important to monitor the bull's reproductive performance regularly to make informed decisions regarding its breeding capabilities.

The act of giving birth of cattle is called what?

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The act of giving birth to cattle is called calving.

What do you feel for when you do a rectal palpation in a cow?

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During rectal palpation in a cow, the veterinarian is feeling for the texture, size, and position of the reproductive organs (ovaries, uterus, and cervix). This helps in assessing the cow's reproductive status, such as determining if she is pregnant, checking for abnormalities, or monitoring her estrous cycle.

What is a stray calf called?

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A stray calf is commonly referred to as a "lost calf" or a "wandered calf."

What is a stray calf?

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A stray calf is a young cow that has wandered away from its owner or herd and is roaming loose. This can happen due to various reasons such as escaping from a farm, getting lost, or being abandoned. Stray calves are often vulnerable and in need of care and attention.

How soon will a cow breed back if she gives birth to a dead calf?

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A cow can start cycling again as soon as 2-3 weeks after giving birth to a dead calf, but it is recommended to wait at least 45-60 days to ensure her reproductive system has fully recovered. Proper nutrition and health management during this period are crucial for her to conceive successfully in the next breeding cycle.

If a cow looses her calf will she breed back immediately?

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It is possible for a cow to breed back immediately after losing her calf, although it may vary depending on individual factors such as body condition, nutrition, and stress levels. However, it is generally recommended to allow the cow some time to recover both physically and emotionally before breeding her back.

How much does a new born guernsey calf weigh?

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A newborn Guernsey calf typically weighs between 60 to 70 pounds. The exact weight can vary depending on the individual calf and its genetics.

How do you breed a cow?

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To breed a cow, a farmer typically introduces a bull to the herd to allow mating to occur naturally. Alternatively, artificial insemination can be used, where sperm from a bull is inserted into the cow's reproductive system to fertilize the egg. After successful breeding, the cow will undergo a gestation period of around 9 months before giving birth to a calf.

How big are a bull's testes?

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A mature fertile bull's testicles, both measured together, should be between 35 cm and 40 cm in circumference. Naturally, this differs with the breed and size/weight of the bull. Small bulls tend to have smaller testes, whereas most large bulls tend to have larger testes.

Do cows mate with bulls?

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Yes, cows mate with bulls to reproduce. Bulls are the male cattle that mate with the female cows to produce offspring. This mating process is essential for the continuation of the cattle population.

Why do farmers use a champion bull to provide sperm?

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Farmers use a champion bull for artificial insemination to improve the genetic traits of their livestock. Champion bulls are selected for their desirable characteristics, such as strong health, good temperament, and high-quality offspring. Using their sperm can help breed healthier and more productive animals for the farm.

Is a bull the same as a male cow?

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Well, kind of, even though there really is no such thing as a "male cow." But "male cows" typically refers to bulls (intact males used for breeding) and steers (castrated males used for beef).

What is the breeding age of a bull?

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A bull will often reach puberty by the time he's around 12 months of age (some a little sooner, if the herd's a good fertile herd), and by this time, as a Yearling Bull, he is ready to be used on heifers or sold to another producer's farm or ranch to be used on the heifers and cows there.

Some bull calves can show libido when they reach 6 to 8 months of age. Some won't show it until a month or so later. Most bulls should be showing libido by the time they are 12 months old.

However, all this depends on the breed and each individual bull. Some breeds that are later maturing (typically Continentals), like Charolais, Simmental, Limousin or Salers, won't start showing puberty until they're around 12 to 16 months of age. Other breeds that are more early maturing (typically British-type breeds) like Angus, Hereford, Shorthorn, Jersey, or Red Poll will start showing puberty as early as 6 to 9 months of age. A lot of producers who raise British bred bulls will start using them on heifers or cows when they reach ~12 months of age.

But the best thing to do is to start using the bulls when they start showing signs of sexual maturity: when they show interest in cows or other heifers that are in heat, attempt to mount and ejaculate, etc.

What is the gestation period of a Zebu cow?

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The gestation period of a Zebu cow, like other cattle, is typically around 9 months. This means that a Zebu cow is pregnant for approximately 9 months before giving birth to a calf.

What happens when a cow gives birth to two bulls?

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Then she better have enough milk to raise the two little buggers. Otherwise one of them will have to be bottle-raised if she decides to reject one of them, particularly if one of them is smaller than the other.

If some bull calves are trying to mount a cow but the bull is uninterested in her does this mean that cow is in heat?

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Yes, this behavior can indicate that the cow is in heat. The bull's lack of interest could be due to a lack of receptivity from the cow, which often occurs outside of her estrous cycle. The mounting behavior from the calves is a sign that they are detecting the cow's pheromones indicating she is in heat.

Why does a cow beller continually when her calf is right by her side?

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A cow may bellow continually when her calf is nearby as a way to call out to her calf or express concern or distress. It could be due to separation anxiety, discomfort, or a need for attention. The cow may be trying to communicate with her calf or seek reassurance from it.

How much does a Holstein Freisan Bull weigh?

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A Holstein Friesian bull typically weighs between 1,500 to 2,500 pounds. The exact weight can vary depending on factors such as age, genetics, and diet.

How much does a jersey bull weigh?

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A jersey bull typically weighs between 1,400 to 2,000 pounds. However, the weight can vary depending on the individual bull and its age, diet, and overall health.

How many calves can a cow produce in her lifetime?

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On average, a cow can produce about 6-8 calves in her lifetime, depending on factors such as breeding frequency and reproductive health. Some cows may have more calves if they are productive and healthy throughout their reproductive years.

Is it possible to breed a cow and a chicken?

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No, cows and chickens are different species and cannot produce offspring together. They have different genetics and reproductive systems, making it biologically impossible for them to interbreed.

What do you call a cow with no uterus?

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A cow without a uterus is typically referred to as a freemartin. This term is commonly used for a female calf born with reproductive organs that are not fully developed.