this has been on my mind for a while. I do quite a bit of culling on the hill and am learning more every year about picking the right cull beasts, etc. but of course, it's a lifetime learning thing, so there will always be new situations that crop up.
last year/season, I stalked in on a group of young stags, what looked like about 10 cast out yearlings ie. just passed their 2nd birthday, but the size and fur was more like proper yearlings (1.5 years old max) and weighing in about 25-40kgs each, some a bit more. they were all knobbers too.
this was the stag season superceeding the very harsh winter we had, do you think it was a large group of orphaned yearlings whose mothers and potential calves died that winter? and they 'would' normally have been with their hinds at that point? or! would you say they were 2.5 yr olds that were just terrible quality and all cull stags/knobbers?
I went for the side that said these young knobbers in a large group, poor weight, and in Oct. were either orphaned or were just really poor 2.5 yr olds, so I culled half of them (the weakest). hopefully I made the right decision, but I can live with it if it wasn't the right thing.
now it's just come back to my mind so wanted to ask the forum