The ranch has been raising quality Black Angus cross feeder calves for decades. We typically choose registered Black Angus bulls on traits such as low birth weights and high weaning weights. The low birth weight calves will ease birthing on cows, almost eliminate having to manually pull calves, and greatly reduce reproductive destruction on the cows. Breeding for high weaning weights will maximize growth from birth to weaning making the animal much more efficient in feed utilization and less waste produced.
Our calves are born between January and February each year setting weaning dates typically in August. Past weights on steers average at 750 lbs and heifers average 700 lbs. Riverbend ranch has state certified scales available to guarantee accurate weights of animals.
The Jensen family adopted a term known as “fence-line-weaning” some time ago. Cows and calves remain in nose to nose contact with a single fence division, enabling mother to young interaction but preventing suckling. This procedure has cut weaning time down from a week or more to just a few days. Stress load on cows/calves is minimized, and with lower stress comes less chance of sickness netting in an end result of healthier and happier animals.
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