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Re: New year new calves

Postby lithuanian farmer » Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:00 pm

More calves! Love this time of the year. Calved two half sisters. 277 and 280days gestation. Both have bull calves. One ~90lbs, another ~110lbs.
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The black cow behind the big calf is his dam. She's a pretty tiny cow, weighs ~1150lbs, but calves without problems so far.
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Re: New year new calves

Postby lithuanian farmer » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:21 am

Have ended calving for now, but not very successfully. Have lost 3 calves in a week. One calf died at two months age. He was born weak, very skinny and had bloody scour at three days age, however somehow managed to save him, but we really had very little of hope. Now saw that he has very watery scour and his dam is nervous. Brought him to the shed, he kept his rear legs very straight and it looked that he hurts somewhere. Have stopped scour fast by the next morning. However he still looked bad. Gave him antibiotics and had a vet come, but after less than two days he died.
Had two cows calving on the Easter morning last Sunday, one cow calved okay with normal size bull calf. Found another cow with stuck calf. Could see calf's hooves and half of swollen head. Got the calf out with the calving jack. The cow isn't very big and that's her 2nd calf, no problems with the first calving, calved very fast, had a small heifer calf. Now she had a 119lbs bull calf and only 281 days gestation. The calf was already dead and cow couldn't stand up. She stood up by herself only after 4 days. At least have saved her. She's probably the sweetest girl in the herd.
Two days ago saw another cow calving. She was on 278th day of gestation and looked pretty big, so we were almost sure that she'll have twins. Gave her some time. Later came to make sure that everything is okay. As we thought she had twins, bull calves. Both went in normal position and except for very strong water bag everything else went quickly and smoothly. Unfortunately the calf which was born first died after ~2 hours. He got weaker very quickly. Tried to do everything possible. At least cow has one calf which is alive and strong. Probably the smallest calves we ever had, both 57lbs. Cow is 2nd calver, 3/4Angus.

The 119lbs calf. Stuck twice: on shoulders and on hips.
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Young mother with her twin bull calf. The one which died was red.
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Re: New year new calves

Postby reeler » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:31 am

Very sorry for your losses.You've certainly experienced both the highs and lows in this season. Glad you have your "sweetest girl".You do have a beautiful herd, would enjoy updates on them, with pics.
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Re: New year new calves

Postby lithuanian farmer » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:44 am

reeler wrote:Very sorry for your losses.You've certainly experienced both the highs and lows in this season. Glad you have your "sweetest girl".You do have a beautiful herd, would enjoy updates on them, with pics.

Thank you. Want to take photos of calves growing, but recently had no time. Very stressful week. Now it should be abit calmer, so hopefully the weather will be good enough for a photoshoot. :)
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Re: New year new calves

Postby lithuanian farmer » Mon May 08, 2017 1:50 pm

This year sure is hard for many people. Never had such year before. Talked with other farmers, they said the same. One had to bury over 50 calves, another had the first ever c-section on dairy heifer last week. We were almost ready to have some rest as have finished with calving season for some time, but have lost the lastly calved cow. It was only her 2nd calving. She has left a very young calf (twin). Luckily the one cow, which had a hard calving and a dead calf has accepted an orphan calf without problems. She calls for him and licks him, just like true mother. Been relieved after that, but days later one cow has badly injured her calf. Well, hopefully will have better times later. Also spring is very cold and late. At this time last year all cattle were out on grass. Now still feed cows and maiden heifers.

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Re: New year new calves

Postby lithuanian farmer » Mon May 08, 2017 1:53 pm

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Image Heifer which had to be adopted by another cow. Her foster dam is a 1st calver.
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Re: New year new calves

Postby lithuanian farmer » Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:19 am

Took some photos of calves today. Having a nice day. Started making feed for the winter too.
Kindergarden :)
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Re: New year new calves

Postby lithuanian farmer » Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:21 am

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Image 1st calf heifer.
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Image January born, dam on the right, Angusxdairy.
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Re: New year new calves

Postby lithuanian farmer » Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:23 am

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Re: New year new calves

Postby lithuanian farmer » Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:27 am

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Image Twin bull calf with his step mother, which has lost her calf this year. She's the one, which had hard calving. Doing a great job for this little fella.
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Image 14yo Herefordxdairy cow. Will be culled after weaning her calf. That's only the 2nd heifer from her.
Image 2nd calver with twin heifer.
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Re: New year new calves

Postby lithuanian farmer » Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:38 am

Waiting for one heifer to calve soon. She's due on 26th of June. Lost her half sister this year, which had only her second calving.
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These two should calve in summer too. The polled cow will have 3rd calf, the horned- 2nd calf.
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Other heifers, which were bred later already shows signs- udders getting more noticable. They will start calving from the end of August. 3 from 11 don't show udder formation yet.
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And recently brought one heifer to the herd. She weighs 1130lbs. Hope for a nice calf next year.
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Re: New year new calves

Postby lithuanian farmer » Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:20 am

Heifer has calved two days ago ~2hours after moving cows to the new pasture. Has a nice small bull calf and she is a good mom.
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Re: New year new calves

Postby Duramaxgirl » Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:47 pm

Beautiful pictures!
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Re: New year new calves

Postby elkwc » Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:22 pm

Beautiful pics and great cattle. I like the scenery.
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Re: New year new calves

Postby lithuanian farmer » Mon Jul 10, 2017 1:23 am

Thank you:)
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