Reprinted from Sept. Trails 2012. The recreation steer, to serve his purpose, should be a slow gainer and remain small for an athletic career of 8 to 18 months. Texas Longhorn calves will grow horn faster than anything else in the roping pen. At weaning time, their horns will be nearly as long as their ears.
May 29, 2011 · Most European breeds will have bulls reaching sexual maturity by the time they are around 10 to 12 months of age. But it depends on the parent herd's fertility and the individual bull. And those feed-tested bulls tend to have a lower fertility rate because of the hot feed they were on.and you gotta slim him down a bit when he gets home to increase his libido.
Overall, bulls reach puberty between the ages of 9 and 10 months. About three weeks before reaching puberty, male calves begin showing interest in the opposite sex. However, just because the bull is capable of breeding before reaching his first birthday doesn't mean it's a good idea. Bulls aged 2 years and up have increased fertility.
mermill2 wrote:What is the earliest age to breed Texas Longhorn heifers to a Texas Longhorn bull? Beef heifers are usually bred at 15-16 months to calve as 2-year olds. Research says a heifer that calves as a two year old will probably be more productive in her lifetime.