Buy several bulls to share the risks

Over the course of 15 years, Christophe Eamonn and Alexandre Chatelot, two Charolas Breeders in the Ardennes (08) buy their bulls together. This strategy enables access to diverse genes at lower cost and risk sharing. Then it remains to reconcile farmers’ standards!

Christophe Eamon and Alexandre Châtelet settled at the same time on two different farms, and thanks to consulting each other forbuy bullsThey decided to buy it together. They now share nine jam : Three cow bulls and six cow bulls for two herds of about 140 mothers from Charoli. They also have ten Taurus Buildings with another neighbor.

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Bulls for the price of one

“For the same budget, we have two bulls ! “We can buy animals that we wouldn’t buy on our own,” Kristof explains. But the economic side is not the only one that beat breeders: “ Share the bulls, Alexander specifies, that also for risk-sharing, when you set a certain price, it’s more reassuring to go there with a price of two, and you gain more flexibility. One year Kristoff had a problem with Thor, and I was able to help him.”

For the 15 years we share with the bulls, the two herds start to get a little the same blood

The two operations are performed in a somewhat similar manner. They have the same calving periods (the first between October and December, the second from February to April) and both sell their males as weaning. They also have somewhat similar power systems, and they work with the same products. “We did our job joint purchases. According to Kristof, the two herds have a little the same blood, so our needs are the same.”

Breeders agree to fairly mixed bulls, to work out both meat and maternal qualities, paying special attention to the path of the females. They generally buy young animals and monitor their legs to ensure their longevity and benefit both farms.

But buying two also means having twice as many standards! Alexander has practiced artificial intelligence a lot, so he searches for animals unrelated to those in the stations so that he can use them without having to ask questions about inbreeding. Having experienced ataxia, he avoids heterozygous carriers of the gene, and is concerned with facilitating childbirth for two-year labor. In the meantime, Kristof seeks to improve the size of his animals, so the breeders admit “Sometimes you have to compromise! Of the two purchases, sometimes one is more admired than the other.”

Animals are sampled for doses when they are not on the farm (© Terre-net Média)

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to me picking bullsit is often Christoph who takes the car: “I like to go see the farmer,” says the breeder, who also has some good addresses, while Alexander works more on the origins And index. “We are completely complementary, and we benefit from each other’s expertise. It is also a way not to work alone. It is always reassuring to have another opinion about this type of investment.”

Young breeders usually buy six-month-old males, who are bred in Alexander for two years. Breeding costs are shared between the two farms. Bulls do a full campaign on each farm (winter and spring). “You have to trust the other farm in terms of healthy. We don’t have an IBR problem, and that also makes things easier,” Alexander says.

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