Hey fellow seekers,
People have all kinds of reasons as to why they calve when they do. Mine is partly about the opportunity to use artificial insemination (AI) on our heifers, along with others from the family so that we can get 85 to 100 in a group. We push the date forward about as far as the family will allow because the gals are on silage and hay into that first week of May when they could be out on pasture. Average breeding dates are May 7-8. My corn-planting family partners can usually spare some hands about then, and as for February calving, they like that, too. Their goal is to be mostly done by corn planting time. Even though I might like to wait a couple more weeks, this has usually been manageable, and heifers get a few weeks to catch up and stay in the herd with mature cows that start calving about March 1. My better, AI-bred cows will start a week before that.