Calving, 2018

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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:44 pm

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:I don't think the cow in the 3rd picture has enough bedding. :shock:

:) It's all hay. But a part used as bedding. The night, when the calf was born, was very cold, so needed to make sure that it was dry and warm for him. Covered him in hay and left only his head sticking out, and left him for the night.

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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:53 pm

Our neighbour just had a 174lbs Angusx bull calf delivered by c-section this evening. Unfortunately, dead. Well, I guess our calves aren't that big yet... Tried to AI one heifer with the same Angus bull, but luckily she didn't stick then...

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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:56 am

The possible best heifer this year was born today. Not weighed yet, 297days gestation. It's the 5th heifer this winter, but the one, which we wanted the most. 7th calf for the cow.
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Cow's daughter from another bull. This heifer is due with her first calf on 30th of March.
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:37 pm

Weighed the heifer two days ago- 95lbs. Nice small heifer.
Have a cow calved just an hour ago. Had twins- bull and heifer, however, found heifer dead. The bull calf is alive and well, so at least one calf will be fine. The cow had a set of twins last year too... She's 3rd calver.

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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:10 pm

The twin bull calf weighs 80.5lbs. Nice little calf. Pretty round shaped. His sister was slimmer and taller, weighed 83.7lbs.
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And the previous heifer. Very slim tall girl.
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:54 am

A tiny heifer was born . Out of the second calver. Last year she had 104lbs bull calf with an assistance, this year she has ~80lbs heifer. Very tiny, but very strong girl.
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:31 am

Another nice day and a new bull calf born. Out of 8 years old cow. Maybe around 95lbs.
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The shed is almost empty, just the last two calves with moms are in it.
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Other calves are enjoying freedom and and a warm day.
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Image Soon to be weaned heifer. Will have a small group of autumn calves for weaning soon.

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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:57 am

Never thought that we could make our cattle purebred. However, after registering a newborn calf yesterday, which is 17/18limousine, saw that her breed code is 62, which is Limousine in my country. So we've the first "purebred" limousine heifer born in the farm yesterday evening. Won't be able to have her fully registered with all papers due to her colour. She has some white spots. She has one white mark on her forehead, cheek and chest.
Dam is the 2nd calver, daughter of the cow calved earlier. BW of the heifer- 87lbs.
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Will have two more "purebred" limousine calves this year. Both from heifers, one will be from AI.

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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby frieghttrain » Sat Apr 07, 2018 5:28 pm

Congratulations :) if i did my math right that's 94.4% which is more than quite a few of the purebreds of breeds over here.

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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby farmboy80 » Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:49 pm

Good looking calves!
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:43 pm

Oh sorry, the heifer is 15/16 Limousine, which is 93.75%. My mistake. :)
Going to ask other people if we could get papers of such animal. Have heard that, but it might change. If we'll have a bull calf from AI, he could make a pretty good commercial bull, so already big plans for him. :D Or her. Could make a very good commercial cow.

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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:45 pm

Such an interesting day, in a good and a bad way...
First the bad new. Lost a heifer during calving. Calved herself, alive big bull calf, uterine prolapse and a bad place for calving. Over 110lbs calf, maybe 120lbs (will weigh later) , from a small, ~1100lbs heifer.
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And an interesting new. Have another newborn calf today- heifer. The cow, which is kinda taking care of her had a calf on 28th of March. The cow had a bloody discharge today. Have heard cows calving a couple days, or a week after their first calf. Will see how everything goes. Will need to watch her closely. Have a couple other cows near calving these days, so they might have had a calf, but none was near except for the one with the calf and another calved cow.

Truly a strange day...

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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:46 am

Dam of the heifer has appeared. Probably she just was eating when we checked cows then and we had other problems to deal then. However, it's looks that she has trouble finding where to nurse, so will have some work today. Mom has more than enough of milk, just a little girl has a hard time dealing with tiny teats.
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Had a cow calving early this morning. Already knew that will try to put an orphan calf with her as she's good tempered and has a big udder. Brought the calf to the field and watched the cow calving. Took some fluids and membranes to put on the calf. Once saw that her calf is almost out, brought the orphan near and put him and a newborn calf together. He was lying still like a newborn. Cow started licking both. That was a good sign. She lets us near her udder to help a calf nurse, so fed both calves and brought them all to the shed. They will stay there for a couple days.
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Another nice sunny day today.
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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby farmerjan » Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:25 am

Sorry to see you lost the heifer that prolapsed. It happens to us all. They seem to find the very worst places to decide to calve and then when they have problems the spot they picked just makes it impossible. So glad that you got the other cow to take the orphan calf, opportunity like that doesn't often present its' self.
Looks like you are finally getting some warmer weather also. We had some snow on Fri and Monday morning, cold, and raw, and now just 5 days later we are supposed to be in the 70-80's and beautiful sun. It has been quite windy and fire threat is great. Maybe some serious rain on Sunday.

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Re: Calving, 2018

Postby lithuanian farmer » Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:01 pm

It looks that the heifer died more from the bad place than a prolapse. She wasn't bleeding much. However she was badly bloated when found her and she was barely alive already.
Have weighed the calf and his "brother". The tiny heifer's calf weighed 113.5lbs. Big matured cow's calf- 104lbs.
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The 2nd calver calved with heifer calf today. Maybe around 100lbs. And fed the hungry earlier born heifer.
Everybody happy today. :D