KCF Bennett ABSOLUTE low BW & CED sample

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KCF Bennett ABSOLUTE low BW & CED sample

Postby torogmc81 » Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:34 pm

16 days early, A.I. heifer out of Absolute. Vibrant and sucking. But by far the smallest calf we have ever had, 38#!!!!! Had bought 10 straws for breeding heifers. Smallest of sample sizes but WOW

I was moving some steers and cows around luckily today. This one and a few others were getting moved to the calving pasture, she sure showed me. Quite the find for me today lol.
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Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:46 pm

Cute little bugger.
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Postby torogmc81 » Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:53 pm

TennesseeTuxedo wrote:Cute little bugger.

I know right, and i'll tell, I didn't even break a sweat carrying her, can't say that very often. I knew the second I picked her up she was well under a 50# feed bag :o
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Re: KCF Bennett ABSOLUTE low BW & CED sample

Postby dun » Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:44 pm

The 16 days early can account for a lot of the lower weight. Some bulls calves are small at birth becuase of just genetics, some are samll at birth due to the shorter gestation period. Growth to weaning may surpise you. We've had really small calves (not that small) that at weaning were right up with the herd average.
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Re: KCF Bennett ABSOLUTE low BW & CED sample

Postby torogmc81 » Thu Sep 01, 2016 10:16 pm

dun wrote:The 16 days early can account for a lot of the lower weight. Some bulls calves are small at birth becuase of just genetics, some are samll at birth due to the shorter gestation period. Growth to weaning may surpise you. We've had really small calves (not that small) that at weaning were right up with the herd average.

Yea I was figuring on the 16 days early as a low BW contributor, what kind of # per day would you put on an average for calves dun? I know they have that number figured out for us humans
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Re: KCF Bennett ABSOLUTE low BW & CED sample

Postby Son of Butch » Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:20 pm

You must have used the 1/4 cc straws... I'm pretty sure that's how they package the smaller ones. :cowboy:
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Re: KCF Bennett ABSOLUTE low BW & CED sample

Postby Supa Dexta » Fri Sep 02, 2016 1:47 pm

lb to 1.5 a day.

And when people say never go for extremes - a calf in the 30s would fit that description. too small no matter how fast it grows. imo
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Postby torogmc81 » Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:31 pm

Supa Dexta wrote:lb to 1.5 a day.

And when people say never go for extremes - a calf in the 30s would fit that description. too small no matter how fast it grows. imo

You are saying CED +13 (.88) and BW -0.8 (.95) is extreme??????
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Postby Supa Dexta » Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:32 pm

No I'm saying ignore the numbers and see whats in front of you. Keep breeding them that way and you'll have puppies. (as in keeping that calf and then stacking another low BW bull into it again)
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Re: KCF Bennett ABSOLUTE low BW & CED sample

Postby FourSquareFarm » Fri Sep 09, 2016 10:31 am

:lol:
Son of Butch wrote:You must have used the 1/4 cc straws... I'm pretty sure that's how they package the smaller ones. :cowboy:
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Re: KCF Bennett ABSOLUTE low BW & CED sample

Postby Ebenezer » Fri Sep 09, 2016 11:59 am

Dr. Bonsma said that small birth weights of bull calves indicates a low heat tolerance.
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Postby Nesikep » Fri Sep 09, 2016 7:03 pm

Sure is a cute thing. but with momma's size I would think 70 lbs should be a sleep-at-night BW
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Re: KCF Bennett ABSOLUTE low BW & CED sample

Postby torogmc81 » Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:31 pm

Over a year later, and we have another early ABSOLUTE calf. Different momma, different cow family, first timer. But still early, this time by 14 days, another heifer calf, but a nice healthy 70# with plenty of spunk Just thought I'd share ...
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Re: KCF Bennett ABSOLUTE low BW & CED sample

Postby Supa Dexta » Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:10 pm

How did the original one end up?
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Re: KCF Bennett ABSOLUTE low BW & CED sample

Postby torogmc81 » Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:35 pm

better than I thought she would, her dam is due Dec. 5 to Angus Valley, anxious to see what she produces this second time around and what her gest. and BW are compared to last years calf
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