Kurt & Traute Clausen
As a cow only births one calf per year, calving ease is increasingly relevant. Calving ease, meaning a low birth weight of the calves, as well as a wide pelvis are significant breeding objectives. The heredity of the bull also plays a significant role. For our heifers, who are served for the first time at 15 months, we preferably use Australian or Canadian bulls, who pass on good breeding values, such as calving ease or a reduced gestation period (up to 8 days). The birth weights are then around 30 to 35 kg.
When we made the change to suckler cow husbandry from 2006 to 2008, we started out with 12 German Angus cows from Lower Saxony, Goldi MS (Gag son) of Carl-Heinrich Meyer from Stemwede as herd bull, as well as 8 embryos from Canada. From this first cross of the Angeln Red Cattle with an Angus bull, we reared 30 breeding cows.
Our breeding bulls are sought-after all over Germany as well as abroad.
In June 2013, we lost 10 of our best pregnant Red Aberdeen Angus cows due to a lightning strike . Of our AA cows, only Blueberry, who was on a different field, remained. To close the gap in our Angus herd, we bought five weaned calves in Denmark and the Czech Republic respectively, as well as a cow from Canada. Diversity is also ensured by the production of our own, as well as purchased embryos.
This allows for a wide genetic diversity as the basis for the continued breeding of Christelhoi Angus!