On Greenview Farms we practice a 140 day breeding program. This allows us to breed our heifers to calve at 2 years old. We have found that by breeding heifers in the last half of our breeding season, when they calve they can be put with a bull immediately thus moving them up to the first part of our calving season. With this practice in place for the past ten years, we have been able to maintain better than 95% conception rate on first calf heifers. This process also identifies slow breeding cattle early and eliminates them from our herd.
To remain in our herd, a heifer must calve at two years old, perform on grass, have a good udder with good milk flow and produce a calf every year. After following these practices for over seventy years, we presently have very few heifers that don’t meet this criteria. We are AHA Whole Herd Total Performance Breeders.
Approximately sixty cows and all open heifers are bred AI one time then followed up by natural breeding. All other cattle are bred naturally to either Brahman or Polled Hereford Bulls.