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New year new calves

Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 3:32 pm
by lithuanian farmer
Finally the new calving season started and have new calves. The 1st calf of the year was born last week, but unfortunately have lost him. However have a new bull calf born tonight. He's Limousine sired out of 1/4x (Angus, BB, Salers, dairy) 6th calver. He's a pretty big boy, ~120lbs or so. Cow calved on her own. He's already showing serious muscles, so can't await to see him growing.
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Other cows are preparing to calve too. The one which had a huge calf last year also is near. However the most exciting thing is that two heifers incalf to our new Limousine bull are near too. Hopefully they'll calve in a couple weeks.

Re: New year new calves

Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:11 pm
by warped04
Sorry about your loss. He's a looker! Enjoy the start of the season / new year.

Re: New year new calves

Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:35 pm
by frieghttrain
Looking good.

Re: New year new calves

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:35 am
by lithuanian farmer
Thank you! He really should be a good one. From what I see he could be more muscled than his two full sisters. Here are photos of both. The first one hopefully is already incalf to Limousine and will calve in august.
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Re: New year new calves

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:55 am
by frieghttrain
Those are some really nice looking heifers and pastures! If he is more muscled then the the 2nd sister he'll be a big boy!

Re: New year new calves

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:59 pm
by lithuanian farmer
frieghttrain wrote:Those are some really nice looking heifers and pastures! If he is more muscled then the the 2nd sister he'll be a big boy!

Thanks. The 1st heifer was born at ~110lbs weight, was pretty meaty and thick. The 2nd was born pretty slim ~90lbs weight, but started filling since the first day. Unfortunately won't be able to keep the 2nd heifer as replacement, as she has injured her rear leg.

Re: New year new calves

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:05 pm
by lithuanian farmer
The 1st heifer as a calf.
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Re: New year new calves

Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:14 am
by ClinchValley
Wow! Impressive.

Re: New year new calves

Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:33 pm
by uplandnut
That's a nice looking calf and even more impressive looking heifers!

Re: New year new calves

Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:15 pm
by Nesikep
Nice.. those are some nice butts! It's another 2 months before I have calves.. it's currently -23C here.. they might as well hold them in a while!

Re: New year new calves

Posted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 5:02 pm
by lithuanian farmer
Thnak you. It was -26C last week, now +1 at the day time. :) One cow will be on her 285th day tomorrow, but she should calve only next week. Two heifers probably were bred abit later, so will need to wait for a month or so, but a few other cows are already bagging up. Should start calving in a full speed.

Re: New year new calves

Posted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:21 pm
by Nesikep
We're supposed to warm up a bit next week.. so they say.. -19C now so it's not quite as biting a cold

Re: New year new calves

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:28 am
by lithuanian farmer
It's from -7 up to +1C here and it'll stay like that for a while.

Re: New year new calves

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:44 am
by lithuanian farmer
Had a bull calf born yesterday. 113lbs, 286days gestation. Last year she had 154lbs bull calf without problems, and she herself is probably around 1900lbs, so she would have calved very easily, however watched her for almost 20hours since the very beggining and no progress. Checked her and first was coming calf's tail, raer legs were under him. Tried to pull legs out, but during almost 13years we've cattle we'd no wrong possitioned calves, so no practice. Had to call for a vet. Our vet didn't come, so called for another. That one was working in another farm and it'd have took some time, for him to come, so he said to try to call for another vet. Have called to a women vet and she arrived, but cow was pushing all the time, so we needed somebody stronger. Luckily the second vet was able to come and hepulled out both legs in less than a minute. Last autumn we've bought a calving jack, so it was a first time we were able to use it. Luckily both cow and calf are okay.
Will post some photos later as now needs to charge photo camera.

Re: New year new calves

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:07 am
by lithuanian farmer
Some photos of the youngest boy.
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Previous boy shaping up nicely. Only one week old.
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