Gelbvieh/Shorthorn cross heifer opinion

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Re: Gelbvieh/Shorthorn cross heifer opinion

Postby Nesikep » Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:29 pm

I was giving her a petting yesterday when I thought of a new nickname for her.. "The Michelin Cow"... she's fat and has lots of extra rolls of hide
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Re: Gelbvieh/Shorthorn cross heifer opinion

Postby slick4591 » Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:02 am

Nice looking heifer!
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Re: Gelbvieh/Shorthorn cross heifer opinion

Postby Stocker Steve » Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:16 am

How many of yours have bells?
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Re: Gelbvieh/Shorthorn cross heifer opinion

Postby Nesikep » Sun Jul 17, 2011 8:11 pm

I have 2 larger bells, one fits a yearling heifer nicely, the other fits a cow, and then I have a smaller bell that works well on a calf.
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Re: Gelbvieh/Shorthorn cross heifer opinion

Postby slick4591 » Sun Jul 17, 2011 8:31 pm

Nesikep, you've put an idea into my head with those bells. My brother lives at the farm and his bedroom is right by the lane the heifers walk through at least twice a day, so I'm thinking a little payback is in order. :lol2:
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Re: Gelbvieh/Shorthorn cross heifer opinion

Postby Nesikep » Wed Jul 20, 2011 4:29 pm

I am not at all disturbed by the sound of the bells... when you have a bunch of them grazing with bells on it is like music... it has it's rhythm
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Re: Gelbvieh/Shorthorn cross heifer opinion

Postby Tod Dague » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:43 pm

I'd keep her! :cowboy:
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Re: Gelbvieh/Shorthorn cross heifer opinion

Postby Nesikep » Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:52 pm

Well, according to the weigh tape, she should be 1225 lbs at 17 months now, she's doing pretty well.. Unless I get a really good picture before then, watch for her in my future "calving season 2012" thread

again, going by the tape, her full brother is 730 at 6 months.. I'm keeping him as a feeder steer, he's big, fat and lazy, which is perfect!
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Re: Gelbvieh/Shorthorn cross heifer opinion

Postby Gale Seddon » Sat Sep 24, 2011 5:07 pm

Nesikep wrote:http://cattletoday.com/forum/images/ext/203cf7832c810d84d4ec35411d0e3023
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Not show related, but that certainly is beautiful scenery where you are! When does it turn white?

Oh, and nice looking heifer too! ;-)
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Re: Gelbvieh/Shorthorn cross heifer opinion

Postby Nesikep » Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:03 pm

it hardly ever turns white... usually december/january are white, about the most snow on the ground at any given time is 9-12", but a lot of the time there's only a couple inches... temps in the winter hang out at about -10C (15F?), but it can dip down to about -20 for a week or two.... summertime temps can hit 40C (~105F)... a dry year gives us about 8" rain, maybe 15" on a wet year
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Re: Gelbvieh/Shorthorn cross heifer opinion

Postby Nesikep » Fri Sep 30, 2011 9:33 pm

Bah, what the heck, here's another pic

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Re: Gelbvieh/Shorthorn cross heifer opinion

Postby Nesikep » Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:13 pm

I thought I'd update this thread a bit, it's been a while, and she's a cow now, and turned into a heck of a good one. She's grown the same belly her mother had, and also seems to like throwing monster bull calves, but doesn't seem to have any problems with it

She weaned her first calf (a steer) at 675 @205 days, Next was a heifer (Sofa) also weaned at about 675 (kept as a replacement), This year she had another steer and I weaned him early, he was about 650, but at only about 160 days. She was also a milk donor to a hungry little heifer for a while. She's got TONS of milk, like her mother, and has become my milk cow. She behaves perfectly for milking, leads with no effort.. I wouldn't mind if the rest of the herd was more like her.

All 3 of the calves she has had so far had the same sire as her, so no heterosis happening for sure, This coming year she'll be bred to a Limo, and I have high hopes.. And I hope for another heifer!

She does love eating, and she might not be epitome of efficiency, but it's nice to just see calves growing well and pushing on the scales

Here's her steer from this year
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Got an extra sucker on there... Despite the steer being born at 130 lbs, he still wasn't able to finish his meals until he was a month old, so I recruited the help of the hungry heifer.. She tolerated it.
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And her heifer from last year, at about 15 months old
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