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Calving issues

Postby kickinbull » Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:20 pm

Friend had cow that calved and showed signs of not cleaning. Took to vet found another dead calf inside her. It’s always something ain’t it?
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Re: Calving issues

Postby TCRanch » Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:53 pm

That could not have smelled good! Hope she's able to breed back.
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Re: Calving issues

Postby slick4591 » Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:31 pm

This calving season has been bad for lots of people. Besides my own experience I'm reading about it on the cow pages on Facebook.
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Re: Calving issues

Postby Bright Raven » Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:49 pm

slick4591 wrote:This calving season has been bad for lots of people. Besides my own experience I'm reading about it on the cow pages on Facebook.


Yes. Fire Sweep had a Firestorm of issues. Lots of people had premature and large calves. I was fortunate but did have a 30 day premature which happens to be Gimli and he is doing fine. It has been bad for most. I know a guy who lost half his calves to respiratory infection.
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Re: Calving issues

Postby holm25 » Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:30 pm

This year has been different that’s for sure... I don’t think we have had more than one or two calves under 95 pounds. And that’s the smaller ones lol. Even the heifer bull had some decent sized calves... Maybe our extreme Minnesota winter? We had all the same breedings last year and the calves were 90ish pounds?
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Re: Calving issues

Postby Stocker Steve » Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:03 am

Have a new Sim Angus heifer bull this year. Most calves are running 79 to 83#. Seems to be a fine size for delivery, but some are slow to find a teat. May be watching too close... Don't have that option when pasture calving.

Tubed one last night. How much time to you give them before stepping in?
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Re: Calving issues

Postby lithuanian farmer » Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:08 am

Thankfully, had a fairly good calving season, with only three calves lost(one was a twin). Last year was a horrible year, when we lost 1/4 of all calves, plus two cows.
Our neighbour has a fairly bad season with c-section and huge calves.
Also a huge problem here is a shortage of feed. We tried to make as much feed as possible, so feeling comfy now, however many people are struggling.

We watch every newborn calf closely. The quicker they start nursing the better. However, if we see that the calf is slow to find a teat and can't manage it in ~12hours, come to help if possible. Some just needs abit of help, if mom is calm. If mom isn't one which would let us near her udder, then just feed colostrum and watch. Had a couple calves not nursing for three days, so had to bottle feed them.
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Re: Calving issues

Postby kickinbull » Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:00 pm

We are also seeing a lot of blackheaded buzzards. We went to a reg. Angus sale Saturday and going there we witnessed herd of cattle with newborns and buzzards were on the ground.
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