Using young bulls in multi-sire pastures and cow-to-bull ratios

Using young bulls in multi-sire pastures and cow-to-bull ratios

Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University

Producers often ask about the use of young bulls in the same breeding pasture with older, larger bulls.  In most instances, this is a practice that should be discouraged if at all possible.  Young bulls will normally lose the battle of deciding who is the dominant individual in the breeding pasture.  Ranchers report that in some cases young bulls that have been severely “whipped” are less aggressive breeders after that incident.  Australian data on multi-sire pastures have shown that some young bulls gain a dominant role as they mature and breed a large percentage of the cows.

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