Well I Guess We're Calving

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Re: Well I Guess We're Calving

Postby Silver » Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:30 pm

First graft job is also now a success. Took the hobbles off this morning, the two are inseparable :D

Had a cow looking to calve today that wasn't bagged up very good. I put her in the chute after a couple of hours of nothing, but she wasn't dilated yet so turned her back out. A few hours later she gave birth to a stillborn calf probably 45 days early. Can't win all the time I suppose.
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Re: Well I Guess We're Calving

Postby Silver » Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:02 pm

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The two newly formed family units. The one on the right is the one that was not an instant success.
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Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:01 pm

Really nice facilities.
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Re: Well I Guess We're Calving

Postby Silver » Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:28 pm

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:Really nice facilities.


Thanks, they're not much really, but get us by nicely when the weather is cold. Someday I'd like to add another water bowl and another pen or two to add more options and deal better with "odd and unusuals".
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Re: Well I Guess We're Calving

Postby Silver » Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:46 pm

Another set of twins today.
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Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:58 am

Is this your normal rate or getting more this year?
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Re: Well I Guess We're Calving

Postby Silver » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:41 am

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:Is this your normal rate or getting more this year?


It is rather higher than normal. Generally we get quite a disproportionately high number of twins at the start ( I assume they don't carry twins as long as singles), then it usually levels off. I'm hoping it's at the "leveling off" stage now. :D
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Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:13 pm

I was curious because I had almost double my "normal to most". Must have been a very good nutrition year for the cattle.
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Re: Well I Guess We're Calving

Postby Silver » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:42 pm

Well, one more set of twins this afternoon. That makes 7 sets on 32 cows calved. I think it's safe to say we are well above normal now.
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Re: Well I Guess We're Calving

Postby Silver » Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:52 am

Now I'm starting to get alarmed! Just had 8th set of twins this evening, one of which was stillborn.
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Re: Well I Guess We're Calving

Postby Silver » Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:40 pm

Ninth set of twins this morning. Second calf from set born last night died, grafted new twin onto her this morning. :bang:
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Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:51 pm

Holy cow!!! what is in your water???
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Re: Well I Guess We're Calving

Postby Nesikep » Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:19 pm

gcreekrch wrote:
Silver wrote:Another set of twins at 2:00 this morning. Had to extract the second calf, both dead. Did a skin job on the one she had licked off and hung the new coat on a bottle calf. Not looking promising for the graft job to take. With hobbles and patience I hope to overcome.


Try giving the parts exposed beyond the hide a milk bath from the adopting mother. A plastic glove and get some discharge from both ends to rub on the calf too. Never let the cow get a smell of her adoptee before you are ready.

If you can help it, don't let the cow that lost her calf sniff her own calf!

a few years ago I had one that was a breech birth, and caught too late, calf was dead when I got it out... It was done in the squeeze, and when I got it out I tossed it under the railings, and backed the cow back into the crowding pen.. Milked her daily..
A few days later I had a cow have twins, but only had one brain cell.. it was 3 am and miserable weather, so the second twin (heifer) came into the shop for the night and got a good feeding, then I brought her to the wet cow through the alley.. She saw it and mooed at it.. it was her long lost calf! Did a great job of raising it, and I shoulda done a freemartin test on her, beautiful calf by fall.. didn't feel like gambling on it though
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Re: Well I Guess We're Calving

Postby Nesikep » Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:21 pm

Silver.. Holy smokes on the twins! What percentage is that? I started off my calving season with a pair of them, both are doing great.. Momma has PLENTY of milk for two, which means the cow that slipped her calf early and I've been milking still could take a calf if I have an extra down the line.. I'm SICK OF MILKING!
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Re: Well I Guess We're Calving

Postby Silver » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:30 pm

Had our 10th set this afternoon. One live and one stillborn. 43cows calved. Our record for a season was 15 sets of twins. If this doesn't stop soon we'll be into new territory. Of the 10 cows that have had twins we have only 6 1/2 complete sets. As it sits we still have one more live calf than we have cows calved out. Two bottle babies calmly awaiting to take advantage of the next catastrophe lol. One cow mothering a complete set.
Never seen anything quite like this.
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