Extended Vs Compact Calving

So what is the difference between extended & compact calving?

Brett Littler, Livestock Officer
September 2014
It's your choice

With bulls going out or about to go out with the cows for mating, I thought it time to remind producers that it is their choice how long the bulls stay in with the cows and that this has a big influence on a number of factors. A long joining means longer calving and an extended calving leads to:

  • Greater chances of feed shortages.
  • Greater variation in calf live weight and size
  • Less heifers reaching suitable joining weight to calve at 2 years
  • Loss of potential income

If we look at a 100 cow herd that has an 85% weaning rate and the calves grow at 0.9 kg/day and are weaned at 200 day after the start of calving. If we compare a 15 week joining to a 9 week joining then just by shortening the calving to 9 weeks we would get an extra 1,587 kg or 18.7 kg per calf. So at $1.90 this equals $3,015 or $35.50 per calf.

If producers then manage these cows to get more calving earlier in this 9 week period say 70% in the first cycle and 20% and 10%in the following periods the benefit of this shorten calving period gets bigger. 2,551 kg or 30 kg per calf at $1.90 = $4,847 or $57 per calf.

I recommend joining cows for 9 weeks and heifers for 6 weeks and have these joined for 3 weeks before the cows.

So it is your choice how long you leave the bulls in.

For more information
Brett Littler, Livestock Officer, Central Tablelands LLS
Phone: 0427 007 398
Email: brett.littler@lls.nsw.gov.au

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