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Re: New year new calves

Postby lithuanian farmer » Sat Feb 04, 2017 1:32 pm

frieghttrain wrote:I love calving season. We had a few smokey colored calves some years ago they are neat to look at, but to me you can't beat red just my personal preference :)

I love calving season too. It's always interesting how the new calves will look. This new heifer will turn black later. Her dad is our earlier Limo bull, which adds more muscles to the calves, and her mom is sired by homebred AngusxCharx bull out of BBxdairy cow, so this heifer should be a good one. Cow's first calf is sired by the same bull and is a very good looking thick muscled young bull.
Yeah, probably the best calves we'd so far were red too. However had some good black ones too, but they had very little of Angus or even no at all. Roan calves are one of the top ones too, but have very few of them. Our BBx cows don't like having roan calves, unfortunately.
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Re: New year new calves

Postby lithuanian farmer » Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:51 am

Had a short rest for ten days and now we're back to the calving. Had one heifer calf born yesterday and one bull calf born today. A couple other cows are due in a week or two too. However, the most busy time will start in march, because then will have calves from both bulls. Two heifers which had calves from a new bull were with him alone for some time and then later we brought him two heifers and some cows.

Here are photos of yesterday born heifer calf. She's out of 2nd calver, 285days gestation, probably ~75lbs birth weight. A tiny lively calf. Cow is sired by homebred AngusxCharx bull, out of Limoxdairy cow. Really like all daughters from that crossbred bull, because they all are very good tempered, good milkers and calving without any problems. Yearlier calved black cow is by the same bull.
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Don't have any photos of today born bull calf yet. Maybe will have some later. He's out of Charxdairy cow, which last year calved in April, so only 10 months between calvings this time.
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Re: New year new calves

Postby lithuanian farmer » Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:32 pm

Almost half of the girls have calved already. 11 bulls and 7 heifers. Boys year, but not complaining.
The recent heifer calf. 3rd calf for the cow. She's the one which had 1st calf at 15months age. She's a small cow compared to others,maybe around 1200-1250lbs, but needed assistance only with the 1st calf. Now she calves without any help. 287days gestation, 93lbs birth weight.
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Her 1st daughter is due in mid march to the new Limo bull. Had two calves from him so far, both out of heifers and both bull calves around 105lbs. The first cow incalf to him is due on 7th of march.

Already have a favorite heifer from young calves. She's only 2.5 weeks old, but showing exceptional shape. She has very wide front part. Tried to take a photo, which would show how wide she is, but she couldn't stand still. However in reality she's wider than photos show.
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There are some more good calves, but either they slept or they would walk somewhere where I couldn't get a good shot.
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Re: New year new calves

Postby reeler » Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:59 pm

frieghttrain wrote:I love calving season. We had a few smokey colored calves some years ago they are neat to look at, but to me you can't beat red just my personal preference :)

X2 Reds :clap:
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Re: New year new calves

Postby reeler » Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:01 pm

Absolutely gorgeous calves, thanks for sharing
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Re: New year new calves

Postby lithuanian farmer » Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:42 am

reeler wrote:Absolutely gorgeous calves, thanks for sharing

Thank you. Will try to take some photos of other elder calves during weekend.
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Re: New year new calves

Postby lithuanian farmer » Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:49 am

Today born calf. Out of 13 years old Limoxdairy cow. She never had a red Limox calf before, all black calves, some with abit of white, except red and white Simmentalx and one red heifer sired by AngusxCharx bull. Her black Limox daughter is 9 years old and all calves, except one sired by AngusxChar bull, were black, even her 7/8Limo calves are black. Good to see some changes! :)
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Spring is slowly coming here... :roll:
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Re: New year new calves

Postby frieghttrain » Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:04 am

The gray calf will be one meaty heifer!
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Re: New year new calves

Postby lithuanian farmer » Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:24 am

frieghttrain wrote:The gray calf will be one meaty heifer!

Yeah, she definitely will. However she'll turn black later. Really want to see her at weaning!
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Re: New year new calves

Postby lithuanian farmer » Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:12 pm

Saturday born heifer from a 2nd calver. 288days gestation, 92lbs. We have checked the cow at ~9am, she was already nervous, keeping her tail up, belly was dropped down but no pushing yet. Checked her at 12.30pm and she was very calm, belly was smaller, she was very clean, not a single drop of blood on her, but no calf anywhere near. She actually was eating. Abit later came to look at other calves and saw that she was still calm, but looking at the small forest next to the pasture. After a couple minutes she started calling a calf abit. Then we were sure that she had a calf, but the calf went out from the pasture somewhere to hide. We've a lot of snow at the moment. Went to search for a little traveler and found her quite far inside the forest. Brought her back to the shed, but she still was wet and cold. Closed them both in the pen, but cow wasn't 100% sure if that's her calf and was kicking abit. Probably heifer went out soon after birth. After some time cow fully accepted heifer and now both are living warm in the shed where the calf can't run away from her dam. :)
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Re: New year new calves

Postby frieghttrain » Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:28 pm

Cute little stinker!
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Re: New year new calves

Postby lithuanian farmer » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:17 am

~2/3 of cows have calved and it was pretty tough. Had many things happen for the first time during the time we had cattle. Like breach calf, twin heifers trying to be born at the same time, weak skinny calf at birth, cow/heifer lied down on the calf, frozen calf's legs, hooves bottom wall detaching, cow with partial vag prolapse, calf born with stiff muscles. Abit too much for just 2.5 months.

Not a nice view. Calf's rear legs. Photos taken two weeks ago. Now one hoof is almost healthy. Another still needs daily care. Pretty sure that happened because of the cold. Would say he still needs around 2-3 weeks to fully recover. Not sure why the worst things happen to the best calves. His full sister has injured her rear leg last year after weaning and unfortunately will need to cull her. Had a top bull last year with a horrible infection on his back. Well, atleast this boy should be healthy after some time and finally will be able to go outside.
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Re: New year new calves

Postby lithuanian farmer » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:27 am

Some better photos. :) Some of the young calves.
White headed bull calf is 15/16 Limo and I'm not joking. :)
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1 month old heifer.
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Breach bull calf on the left and a heifer from his dam's half sister.
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Yeah, only 1 month and 18 days old heifer.
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Finally it's getting more dry and less muddy. Will be able to let yearlings outside. No grass for some time, but it'll be much better than being in old dark small barn.
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Re: New year new calves

Postby frieghttrain » Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:57 pm

The bull calf in 3rd picture looks like that 160 lb bull calf from last year.
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Re: New year new calves

Postby lithuanian farmer » Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:27 pm

frieghttrain wrote:The bull calf in 3rd picture looks like that 160 lb bull calf from last year.

Yes, just abit smaller. It's not surprising as they are full brothers.
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