What is the best age to castrate Corriente bull calves?

A question that I am often asked is, “what is the best age to castrate bull calves?” We have found that the closer the calves are to a year in age, the better horn they will grow. The testosterone is what makes the base of the horn thicker. So the longer the calves have circulating testosterone, the stouter the horns are going to be. Early castration will cause the horns to be skinny and not as desirable for a quality roping animal.

The two most common ways to castrate are surgical (knife cut) or mechanical (banding or Burdizzo.) We band our bulls because it is easier on the cattle and us. You should always contact your veterinarian to discuss which is the best method for your program.

About the Author:
russell barham

Thank you to the author, longtime Corriente breeder and NACA member #2152, Russell Barham, Barham Cattle Company of Madisonville, TX.
His cattle won both Grand Champion Roping Animal and Reserve Grand Champion Roping Animal at the 2016 National Show in Meridian, Mississippi.

 

Plains Area Corriente Assn. 2016 Regional Show & Ropings

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The summer of 2016 was an exceptionally dry season for northeast Wyoming. Things had not improved much by the time the PACA Show rolled around in late September, which isn’t necessarily bad weather to gather Corriente folks and cattle. Nary a tenth of an inch of rain had fallen all summer. Ten breeders, 55 head of cattle spread across 87 class entries showed up in Gillette for the beginning of what was shaping up to be a fine weekend. After unloading, tagging & penning the cattle, the assembled Corriente crew gathered in the arena for a BBQ feast hosted by the PACA (catered again by Pokeys Smokehouse). Everyone enjoyed catching up with old friends over supper prior to the Fundraiser Auction. It’s truly a family reunion when the PACA gets all these dear friends together every fall – seriously. Continue reading

Marketing Your Corriente Cattle (Part 1)

douglas-dale-june29-2016There are many different ways to market Corriente Cattle, but as with any business it must start with a plan. I have listed tips that I hope will help new, and maybe even some established, Corriente breeders to be more successful raising and marketing their cattle.

First, there are many variables in different areas of the country such as when is the best time to calve, availability of forage, cost effectiveness of supplemental feed, etc. However, as with any business, there are several things we need to look into. They are product (Corrientes), location, target customer, promotion and price. Continue reading