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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby lithuanian farmer » Thu Apr 21, 2016 11:06 am

Nesikep wrote:Its funny how that works sometimes.. My first cow was a bonerack,.. Her daughters were mostly big and well filled out, and her granddaughters/sons were really meaty.. much more so than some from better built and meatier cows

Yeah, have a couple more cows which are almost just skin and bones, but their calves are completely different and grow almost the best from all. Those cows just naturally are skinny.
This cow's first daughter is a small one, but she just had her first calf so still have much time to grow. The second daughter is bigger, she is ~800lbs now, but will be bred only in winter or early spring next year, so she gonna weigh over 1300lbs then.
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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby Nesikep » Thu Apr 21, 2016 11:39 am

Here's grandma and granddaughter


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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby lithuanian farmer » Thu Apr 21, 2016 1:03 pm

Nesikep wrote:Here's grandma and granddaughter


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Could say that the grandma has some meat on her. But granddaughter sure looks very nice thick heifer.
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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby Nesikep » Thu Apr 21, 2016 5:41 pm

She is, and she's become a good cow, 5 years old now, this was her calf last year... thickest of them all...

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Now if only I could get them to all make calves that looked like that, I'd be a pretty happy man
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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby lithuanian farmer » Fri Apr 22, 2016 2:28 pm

Nesikep wrote:She is, and she's become a good cow, 5 years old now, this was her calf last year... thickest of them all...

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Now if only I could get them to all make calves that looked like that, I'd be a pretty happy man

Sure, that's a very nice calf. Probably most of farmers would love to have many calves like him. :)
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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby lithuanian farmer » Wed May 11, 2016 1:14 pm

The elder cow is doing a very nice job raising her 3rd calf. It's probably the best her calf so far.
In photo ~1.5months old.
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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby Nesikep » Wed May 11, 2016 3:04 pm

Looks good and stout.. hope he keeps performing well for you!
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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby Carnivore » Thu May 12, 2016 10:57 pm

This is a pretty cool thread, watching the development over the years.
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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby lithuanian farmer » Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:36 am

An update of calves.
The elder cow's bull calf is growing very well. Almost 3 months old now.
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Her 1st daughter's heifer calf is growing very well too and is extremely friendly. Maybe she'll be a replacement. It's much easier to work with friendly animals. Especially when it comes to the calving.
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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby lithuanian farmer » Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:40 am

Decided to do an update. The cow (her name is Spurgius) is near weaning her 3rd calf. She's a pretty good cow, smaller than average cow in the herd, but calves grow good. Here are photos of her and her 3rd calf March born.
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Her 1st calf- heifer has weaned her 1st calf ~2months ago and is getting back into shape.
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Spurgius 2nd calf- heifer is 19 months old, ~1300lbs or abit more and going to be brought to the herd with bull pretty soon.
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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby lithuanian farmer » Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:34 am

Spurgius had her 4th calf two days ago. 104lbs bull calf, 277days gestation. Calved herself. Unfortunately will need to cull her after weaning this calf as she can have a vag prolapse. I'd a thread about one cow with such problem and that one is a dam of Spurgius sire and unfortunately this girl showed the same problem this year. Really sad.Well hopefully her daughters won't have this problem. One is due with her 2nd calf in April and one is due in autumn with her 1st.

And here are some photos of her "monster" calf considering that she's only ~1100lbs.
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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby lithuanian farmer » Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:35 pm

Sold this girl's first bull. Pretty solid bull considering that dam is very plain looking. Bull's liveweight 1285lbs, deadweight 776lbs. 16 months old.
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Cow with her 2nd daughter. Heifer is due to calve in September, now 28months old. In the first two photos heifer is on the right.
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Image Cow this summer.
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Cow is nursing a bull calf this year. Her first daughter has lost her calf this year, but has adopted an orphan bull calf.
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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby Workinonit Farm » Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:47 pm

Very nice looking animals. :)
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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby lithuanian farmer » Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:13 pm

Thank you!:)
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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby lithuanian farmer » Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:14 pm

Culled the cow this week. Weighed 1309.5lbs. This year born bull calf at 6months and 11 days weighed 665.8lbs. 2,756lbs/day since birth. Well, not bad for a cow with a pretty small udder. Her daughters have good growth and gives that to their calves too. She was a good girl. Good to keep her blood in the herd.

This year bull calf. Photo taken in August. Unfortunately, don't have any more recent photo.
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