Calving, 2018

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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby Grundy53 » Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:59 pm

Always like seeing your pictures. Keep them coming.
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby JCcattle » Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:55 pm

Looks like your calves are coming along nicely! Would be interesting to see what you get when you’re using several different kinds of sires.
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby NonTypicalCPA » Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:06 am

Yes, keep the pictures coming!
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:25 am

JCcattle wrote:Looks like your calves are coming along nicely! Would be interesting to see what you get when you’re using several different kinds of sires.

Yes, we're very interested in that too!
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:32 am

The first set of twins. Bull and heifer. Heifer has aborted today. Shouldn't have calved until mid of March. Had some work to get the first calf out as it was very far and only chest could be felt. After an hour of work, finally managed to get the calf out. Checked for the second, and it thankfully was in a right position.However, the heifer wasn't fully opened, her body wasn't prepared for calving, even no change in pelvic ligaments. Calves- 29 and 32lbs. In my opinion quite big for such gestation.
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Three cows are due on these days so waiting for some alive healthy calves.
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby JCcattle » Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:46 am

Sorry about the dead uns :(
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:06 am

JCcattle wrote:Sorry about the dead uns :(

Many things can happen. Yesterday I even said to my mom that this heifer looked pretty heavily bred, looked pretty big for just 7months gestation, and later just mentioned that she could calve well being the size she is. And around 11.30pm yesterday saw her with a waterbag out...At the moment just hope that heifer will be okay, and will be able to have a calf next time.
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:46 am

Yup - I hate twins.
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:26 pm

We never had such problems with twins before. No, except once, trouble with their calving too. Well, there's always the first time. But I can't say that I don't like twins. It's always very interesting to watch them grow. However, I'm very against twins from heifers. They already have a harder time raising their first calf, so twins would be way too hard. And I don't want any twins from those cows, which don't have a big udder.
This heifer is out of one cow, which is sired by homebred crossbred bull. Two daughters from the same bull had twin heifers last year. Bull's dam had a set of twins once, the granddam had a set of twins too. It looks that's in the genetics.
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby JCcattle » Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:01 pm

I guess I enjoy twins too.. rarely have they been a pain for us and sure is nice when u get a set and you have a cow that lost hers! Last year my dad bought 3 heifers, the first ones calf died and the next one had twins and the adoption worked! So he still had 100% from the new ones. I enjoy working with calves and cows usually tho so that helps when it comes to twins. Of course, out of the 30 cows I’ve owned in my life I’ve never yet had a set from them while my brother with his 2 cows has had 2 sets. :yuck:
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:37 am

We usually have one set per year. Last year had three sets. Twins have a big advantage in that case if you loose one calf. A lost one single calf means a cow without a calf for atleast 10months, lost one twin calf means that your cow will still have a calf to raise that year.
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby Nesikep » Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:16 pm

that's too bad..
Twins are hit and miss.. I had one cow that had twins 3 times in a row, and miscarried the last two sets.. she only stayed because she always adopted one.
I've lost one of a set a couple times due to malpresentations
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:48 pm

Yeah, the more cattle you have, the more various problems you'll have.


Today a new bull calf was born. 293days gestation. Photos will be tomorrow, will weigh him today, but abit later. However, pretty big boy.
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:50 am

Weighed the new boy yesterday. 109lbs.
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Photos of earlier born calves. They all are in the shed with their moms for now. Maybe, if weather will be better, will let some out.
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:22 am

New bull calf was born this morning. Out of a small 3rd calver. Calved herself. 109.6lbs.
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