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Replacement Heifers and Bulls from MIssouri
 

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We raise replacement heifers and bulls on request for farmers and ranchers wanting to either diversify their herd genetics or replace with smaller frame size to improve profitability. ...

We raise replacement heifers and bulls on request for farmers and ranchers wanting to either diversify their herd genetics or replace with smaller frame size to improve profitability.
These are being made available at this time as we know a lot of people have had to downsize their herds due to recent drought. 
We have recently just replaced all our older stock from our own saved-back heifers, so we now want to make our particular line available to others.
You can enjoy time-saving, low-maintenence farming and ranching with these healthy cattle.
Contact Worstell Farms for more information.

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    • Replacement Heifers and BullsWe raise replacement heifers and bulls onrequest for farmers and ranchers wanting toeither diversify their herd genetics orreplace with smaller frame size to improveprofitability.These are being made available at thistime as we know a lot of people have hadto downsize their herds due to recentdrought.We have recently just replaced all our olderstock from our own saved-back heifers, sowe now want to make our particular lineavailable to others.You can enjoy time-saving, low-maintenence farming and ranching with these healthy cattle.The original stock was a combination of Black-Whiteface and Brangus/Angus-cross cows. These wereand are bred to a registerd Galloway Bull from Sapp Farms in Columbia MO, named "Gene Autry".Galloway bulls have no problem mounting full-size cows - our calves are proof of this.These calves are composite, not registered or purebred. They can have more or less of Brangus orHereford in their lineage. Right now, we can trace these back 3-4 generations and tell you generalattibutes of any given calf. Its the hybrid vigor which we pay attention to - this gives us longer-livedand healthier cows and calves. More years producing more calves, with low cost in between. Lessworries, more profit.The offspring of this mix has a low birth weight, fast-gaining calf which tends to be a medium-frame size. The reason we did this is to import the qualities of a more tender beef and the Gallowayability to eat a wider variety of forage. Galloways also put on an extra heavy coat in winter, so they donot add extra back fat. This makes for lean beef, but also gives a higher carcass weight with less losson the cutting room floor. And that means more profit for everyone.Our own observation of first and 2ndgeneration shows that this has been theoutcome after some years of raising these.Smaller breeds have been found to be moreefficient in grazing than the heavierweights, as you can get more pounds of beefproduced per acre, since they haveproportionately longer backs and shorter legsthan conventional Angus.As well, our beef are grazed intensively inpaddocks, so they quickly learn to eateverything available. Weve found that our"weed" problem after these cattle have been
    • through a paddock is remarkably less or non-existant, depending how intensively we stock them.That added benefit (not having to clip or "brush-hog" pastures) is another time and money savings.Galloways are also remarkably docile and easy to herd. There is none of this "wildness" or spook-prone aspect more common these days with dairy bulls and conventional Angus. All our calves areworked with daily to get them used to humans. As their dams have been hand-raised as well, theyquickly become adjusted to being checked at close range without shying easily. Our bull calves havenot become "onery" or aggressive.Easy working means less upsets for you, more weight gain for your cattle.Our beef are all grass fed, so we are missing comparatives for raising them up in a feedlot setting.The varying patterns assist in the situation of missing ear tags (which can be problematic with all-blackcows.) As well, they are very pretty to look at and give remarks by any who come to see them. We tagall our calves when they are weaned, and give a complete set of shots against the common illnesses(whatever our vet recommends).They are not given growth hormones orfeed additives. They are given plenty ofgrass, water, and sunshine (as well as shade).We keep salt and minerals available year-round, as well as protein tubs in winter tosupplement hay.Our heifers are kept to 14 months. Pleasecontact us before the beginning of June,which is when I have to ship these. Unlessspecified and contracted for, they will not bebred. Obviously, the typical care with anyfirst-time heifer must be taken.Bulls will need special arrangements, as Igenerally make them into steers onweaning. However, this is under consideration if there is a demand for such.(Last year, I had a particularly good bull calf which is making a remarkable steer, but would have beenchoice genetics otherwise. And this particular year, I have a set of twin bull calves I am saving backjust for that line of genes. If contacted soon enough, I might be able to match with heifers who havetwins in their history.)Theres a joy and satisfaction to raising quality beef you can be proud of - and fatten your bottom lineas they fatten on grass.Again, we want to make this available to the industry and plan to keep our prices competitivewith the state auction average so that herd restocking can be made affordable.Contact Worstell Farms for more information.15559 Audrain Road 821Mexico, MO 65265
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