Maternal ability is an important trait in female animals of any breed. Cows must be fertile,and able to support, protect and grow their calves into healthy weaners. Bonsmara cows are renowned for this characteristic, and produce superb results in an extensive cattle operation.
Cattle farming consists of many small pieces that need to fall into place before the puzzle is complete.
One piece that is crucial is the ability of a cow to not only give birth to a healthy calf every year, but also look after it well enough so that it develops into a strong weaner calf.
Primarily, this entails providing the calf with enough milk to help it grow to at least 45% of its dam’s weight at weaning. But good maternal ability involves more than supplying milk. Other important factors include the following:
The ability of Bonsmara cows to breed high-quality replacement heifers from a Bonsmara bull, or any other breed, is one of the reasons the Bonsmara has grown to become the most popular cattle breed in South Africa in the 55 years since the establishment of the breed society back in 1964.
Taking into consideration the criteria required to qualify as a breed with good maternal ability, the Bonsmara should be at the top of the commercial cattle farmer’s list. This trait is not merely important to the cattle farmer; it is one of the cornerstones of a successful, profitable herd.
With female animals that are adapted and able to calve and raise strong weaners that are in demand in the feedlot, Bonsmara cows are synonymous with good maternal ability. The number of commercial breeders using Bonsmara as their first choice as mothers is a testament to the female animal’s exceptional qualities.
Phone the Bonsmara Cattle Breeders’ Society of South Africa on 051 448 6084, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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