Calving, 2018

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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby Nesikep » Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:56 am

Good pictures, looks like you have a full house there!

I'm about 4 weeks away from my first
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Sun Jan 28, 2018 3:58 am

Nesikep wrote:Good pictures, looks like you have a full house there!

I'm about 4 weeks away from my first

Ten calves in the shed so far. 5 more to calve until mid of February. Then a little break and more calves to follow in spring, including two heifers.
Good luck with your calving season!
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:04 am

New bull calf born yesterday evening. 290days gestation, Limoxdairy cow. 111.3lbs. Calved unassisted.
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby Lazy M » Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:20 am

Looks good. Wow hope he's hungry because he has his work cut out for him..
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby farmboy80 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:25 am

lithuanian farmer wrote:New bull calf born yesterday evening. 290days gestation, Limoxdairy cow. 111.3lbs. Calved unassisted.
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Limox dairy cow. What was she bred to?
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:06 pm

farmboy80 wrote:
lithuanian farmer wrote:New bull calf born yesterday evening. 290days gestation, Limoxdairy cow. 111.3lbs. Calved unassisted.
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Limox dairy cow. What was she bred to?

Calf is by purebred Limousine bull.
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:09 pm

Lazy M wrote:Looks good. Wow hope he's hungry because he has his work cut out for him..

:) Hopefully. Would like that this calf would keep his mom's udder fully working like her previous calves.
Have two daughters from this cow, one was bred to Angus recently, so hopefully they'll have good udders too.
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby Nesikep » Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:53 pm

Big calves tend to be more hungry, which is good for momma
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:13 pm

He nursed well today, so should be okay. He's abit slower calf, or at least it looks so, because he sleeps all the time when I come to check him. Hopefully some other calves will help later, when he'll come to the main pen.
That's the 5th calf for the cow. Udder still working well. No help from us.
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:48 am

Finally, another new calf was born a couple hours ago. Bull calf out of 7/8Limo cow. 297days gestation. Will weigh him a little bit later, but shouldn't be very heavy. It should be the coldest night tonight, up to -26C.
His dam had four heifers so far. One daughter will calve in summer- hopefully will be as milky as her mom, and another daughter will be bred this summer.
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:21 pm

New calf's weight: 103.6lbs.
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:45 pm

Another calf is on the way! 290days gestation from a matured Charxdairy cow. She refused to go to the shed, so have to wait until she calves and then bring both with the calf to the shed.
It's almost 3am, and it's freezing cold outside, but I sometimes like that farming is something that often will bring you out of your comfort zone. :)
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:54 am

Have one more bull calf. Both calves survived the night well and nursing this morning. Weight of the new calf- 105.8lbs.
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Elder calves have a separate pen for them. They can eat abit of meal too.
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:03 am

Another bull calf was born yesterday. It looks like bulls year so far. From 19 winter calves, 5 are heifers. But we don't complain.
This boy is 4th for his dam, however, the first bull for her. She's one from the two heifers we had calving at 15months age. She's one of the smallest cows in the herd, maybe around 1300lbs. The calf weighed 101.4lbs. Calved without problems. If our counting is right, she had 300days gestation this time.
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:16 pm

I don't think the cow in the 3rd picture has enough bedding. :shock:
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