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Re: Heifers

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:09 pm

From 9 heifers 3 has calved already. All three had bull calves by our Limousine bull. Other six will have Red angus and Limousine calves from AI.
Here's the recently calved heifer with two days old calf. Calf should be around 80-85lbs. Calved unassisted. Heifer is 26months old, 62.5% Angus. Plenty of milk and quite protective mom.
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Two heifers are due on the 1st of October with RA calves. Showing some serious signs of milk. Another (blue roan) is due on the 5th of October with RA calf from another bull.
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Th roan one is a pretty small heifer. The bull she's in calf by has an yearling weight of 1433lbs, so it'll be interesting to see how her calf grows.

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Re: Heifers

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sat Sep 22, 2018 6:43 am

Finally the first AI calves are on the ground. One heifer, 272days gestation, ~68lbs BW and one bull, 276days gestation, ~75lbs BW. Both sired By Red Angus bulls. Can't remember when we had such short gestations. :) Both calves were born max 15mins apart.
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Image The sire of the bull. Average calving, 77lbs BW, 766lbs-210days, 1311lbs- 365days age.

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Image The sire. Easy calving, 75lbs BW, 210days- 766lbs, 365days- 1430lbs.

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Re: Heifers

Post by elkwc » Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:28 am

Nice heifers. What do estimate their weight at? It is hard for me to tell by pictures but they look over 1,200 to me in the pic. That is about what most of ours weigh and ours are usually larger than most around us.

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Re: Heifers

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:36 am

elkwc wrote:Nice heifers. What do estimate their weight at? It is hard for me to tell by pictures but they look over 1,200 to me in the pic. That is about what most of ours weigh and ours are usually larger than most around us.

The roan heifer is the smallest from the group. She shouldn't be over 1200lbs, but she does have quite a round body. The black one is bigger, she should be ~1350lbs.

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Re: Heifers

Post by elkwc » Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:46 am

lithuanian farmer wrote:
elkwc wrote:Nice heifers. What do estimate their weight at? It is hard for me to tell by pictures but they look over 1,200 to me in the pic. That is about what most of ours weigh and ours are usually larger than most around us.

The roan heifer is the smallest from the group. She shouldn't be over 1200lbs, but she does have quite a round body. The black one is bigger, she should be ~1350lbs.


I thought they were likely over 1,300. What age. We calve from 24-30 months. Prefer 28-30. Seems we have less trouble and they overall do better.

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Re: Heifers

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:57 am

The roan is 33months, black 29 months old. They are abit elder than we usually calve as we've waited for them to come home to the barn for the AI last year. We usually calved at 28-30months. Didn't have much trouble. Easier to pull a big calf out of bigger heifer. Next year will have heifers calving at 25-27months age, so will see how it goes. They should be 1300-1450lbs at the calving time, hopefully.

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Re: Heifers

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:31 pm

Forgot to post a video with the newborn heifer. Mom is really very calm and stood still when the calf was nursing. The other heifer was abit overwhelmed by the newborn, but today she seemed much calmer and saw her feeding her calf.
[youtube]https://youtu.be/k_SRjRGNZjg[/youtube]

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Re: Heifers

Post by holm25 » Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:07 pm

lithuanian farmer wrote:From 9 heifers 3 has calved already. All three had bull calves by our Limousine bull. Other six will have Red angus and Limousine calves from AI.
Here's the recently calved heifer with two days old calf. Calf should be around 80-85lbs. Calved unassisted. Heifer is 26months old, 62.5% Angus. Plenty of milk and quite protective mom.
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Two heifers are due on the 1st of October with RA calves. Showing some serious signs of milk. Another (blue roan) is due on the 5th of October with RA calf from another bull.
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Th roan one is a pretty small heifer. The bull she's in calf by has an yearling weight of 1433lbs, so it'll be interesting to see how her calf grows.

I love love love that red white face heifer.

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Re: Heifers

Post by lithuanian farmer » Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:01 am

holm25 wrote:I love love love that red white face heifer.

Thank you, I like her alot too. She is Limox out of Herefordxdairy cow. The last calf her dam has raised and the second daughter. She was the one which had a very early udder formation, at five months gestation it looked almost like in the photo. Really were worried that she'll abort her calf. She was due on the same day as the black heifer and incalf by the same bull. Wonder if her calf will have any white. Her udder is still growing abit and ligaments aren't loose yet, so she probably has a week or so.

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Re: Heifers

Post by lithuanian farmer » Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:05 am

Another Red Angusx calf was born today. Bull calf. 280days gestation. The sire is the same as the red calf's. Used that bull only on two heifers and both calves are bulls. Quite a pity... But well, our heifers usually have bulls for their first calf.
The next heifer is due on the 6th of November, so now will have a little break.
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Re: Heifers

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:31 pm

Took some quick photos of Angusx calves before the sunset. All are growing well. Like the heifer alot. The plan is to keep her as replacement later. Tomorrow will try to get better photos with better light if there will be some time.
Image Heifer. Tomorrow will be one month old.
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Image 4 days younger bull calf.
Image 16 days difference between these two bull calves. The one on the right is Limox, elder calf, on the left- Angusx, younger calf.

Other three heifers are getting close too.
Image Due on the 6th of November with the Red Angusx calf by the same sire as the dark heifer. Should calve at the end of October judging by all signs.
Image Due on the 15th of November with Limox calf.
Image Due on the 16th of November wih limox calf too.

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Re: Heifers

Post by Nesikep » Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:21 pm

I like that heifer too... same look over the back as I'm going for with mine!.. lots of meat up there
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Re: Heifers

Post by lithuanian farmer » Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:54 am

Nesikep wrote:I like that heifer too... same look over the back as I'm going for with mine!.. lots of meat up there

Yes, she's a lovely calf and has good growth, despite that her mom is a small cow. Bull calves have less meat, but they should get rounder shaped with age. At least there is some growth. We were able to use abit better shaped another breed bull on heifers, but I decided that it would be nice to get 1-2 Angusx heifers. Going to use Charolais bull for the dams', of the bull calves, for their 2nd calf.

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Re: Heifers

Post by lithuanian farmer » Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:14 am

The newest arrival from the last night. This time a bull calf, sired by Limousine bull from AI. The sire of the calf has medium calving, 99lbs BW and not recommended to use on heifers. I took a gamble and used him on two heifers. We've been using herd bulls, which I would hardly call heifer safe, so it's not that much of a difference.
Gestation length 283days, the calf is 79.7% Limo. Have assisted her abit, but nothing major. The charolais side from her probably gave abit more size for the calf too. The calf should be abit over 100lbs.
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Another heifer incalf by the same bull is on 285th day. She seemed closer than the white one, but you can be mistaken sometimes. Pic taken 4 days ago. She should calve anytime now too. Will have plenty of milk!
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A couple photos of Angusx calves. 1.5month old already. Seem to grow well (pics taken 4days ago).
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Re: Heifers

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:30 am

Better photos of the newest calf.
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Fingers crossed that the second heifer will have a heifer... But she is carrying her calf abit longer than this one...

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