These pretty Herefords are yearling heifers. They have never had calves. It's "that time" of the year when we turn in the bulls to service the cows. I've always thought that "service" was an interesting term for breeding cows. Actually, they call it natural service now because there is also a type of service that is artificial insemination. We did AI (artificially inseminate) the heifers on June 2nd and then turned the bulls in with them after that. A bull can service approximately 25 cows, so we turn out enough bulls with each group to make sure the cows get bred. During this time we watch the bunches closely to check for injuries. If a bull gets hurt, he's got to be replaced in the herd or we might come up with open cows in the fall when we pregnancy test.
This big fella loves his summer job.
This is Easy 947W, one of our best herdsires. Isn't he a beaut? Soon we will begin AI-ing some of our mature cows, and then more bulls will go out to do their service!