Fertile Easy Keeping
At Gemstone Cattle company we’ve been raising moderate framed, easy keeping cattle for many years. In a cow herd fertility, longevity and calving ease are important characteristics that make our cattle profitable and ensure that they work for our customers.
A profitable herd really starts with cows that are efficient in converting roughage to beef. Our goal is an eleven fifty to thirteen hundred pound cow. Compared to a fifteen hundred pound cow, that translates into some very real efficiencies in terms of feed consumption. More than a tonne of feed can be saved over the course of the year. For an entire herd those efficiencies add up.
We’ve been involved in a range of testing over the years to ensure that our cattle are meeting industry standards for economically important traits. Our recent participation in the Canadian Hereford Association Residual Feed Intake research indicates that our breeding program is on the right track. While test results are interesting and can be informative the priority for our cow herd is fertility, longevity and functional traits like good feet and udders.