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CH Bull for Beef Cows

  • 13-04-2023 10:55am
    Registered Users Posts: 20

    Hi all,

    Looking for a bit of expertise on this. Looking to buy a Pedigree Charolais Bull - have one eyed up at a Pedigree Sale, he's 6.1 Calving Difficulty for Beef Cows. Id only be using him on beef cows - and id have a mix of mature cows and 3rd and 2nd calvers. Wont be used on heifers. Is it likely this Calving Difficulty rating will cause issues? My old bull was off Pirate and was very easy calving (5%). I work off farm and ease of calving would be very important.

    Thanks for any advice


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,543 ✭✭✭✭patsy_mccabe

    Make sure he is genotyped. That increases the reliability of the calving figure. The catalogue should tell you that. There should be a symbol with "Genomic Evaluation" written under it.

    From ICBF Beef Cow Calving Difficulty for Char Bulls

    Average - 5.65%

    40 percentile - 6.09%

    60 percentile - 5.24%

    So 6.1% would be only slightly above average for the char breed.

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