My favorite minature Angus “Bambi” gave birth last week to a beautiful heifer that we named Flora-Bell. Last August when Bambi came into heat my AI tech (Artificial Insemination) was out of town and unable to come and service her. I was headed back for another semester of nursing school in just a few weeks and knew that I would miss seeing any future heat cycles. I needed to get her bred on this heat cycle. I talked to my wonderful friends, who had a young mini-jersey bull. They were willing to bring him over to spend some time with Bambi. It was a success!
I was originally planning to raise her baby for beef – I was hoping for a bull calf because the decision is really easy when you have a bull. Basically the only option is to make them into a steer and raise them for beef. Heifers make great beef too but I hate to butcher a perfectly good heifer.
Flora-Bell is half mini-angus and half mini-jersey. She’s so beautiful and so sweet! I wasn’t planning on expanding my herd of cows but she could grow up to be a great additional mama cow. She even has the potential to become a milk cow, depending on her temperment and her udder. Time will tell but I’m very tempted to keep her!