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Little advice please

Posted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 3:16 pm
by Dogs and Cows
I had my first calf pull yesterday. Was a long hard job with a lot of stress on heifer, calf, and me and son. We got heifer up and she was licking calf and he was nursing. This morning we went and checked on them and he was right with her and looked to be nursing. Today she has kinda left him on his own. She is about 400 yards away in the shade/pond for water. He is in the shade of some trees. I have never had a mamma do this before...should I be worried or am I just over thinking this? Thanks for the thoughts and comments!

Also, HAPPY 4TH OF JULY TO EVERYONE!

Tim

Re: Little advice please

Posted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 3:43 pm
by M-5
Should be fine just watch about dark or when they get up to move, calf should suck then

Re: Little advice please

Posted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 3:58 pm
by callmefence
Agree should be fine. Just keep a eye from a distance. Congratulations on getting your first pull behind you. Gained a lot of experience in a hurry didn't you. :nod:

Re: Little advice please

Posted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:17 pm
by Nesikep
Some cows, like deer, will tuck their babies in a spot they figure is safe while they go graze... benign neglect at this point is appropriate. with supervision!

It's the 1st of July btw :P

Re: Little advice please

Posted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:38 pm
by TCRanch
Congrats on the pull! Long & hard I'm assuming it wasn't just the chains so well done. I calve out our heifers in the barn and keep them there a couple days after just to make sure everything's okay. When they re-join the herd they almost always hide them the first day or two. Older cows generally hide them right away unless we're having brutal weather. If your heifer claimed her calf immediately, especially after a hard pull, I wouldn't worry about it, just keep an eye on the calf & make sure his sides look full.

Re: Little advice please

Posted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 3:11 am
by Dogs and Cows
Thanks everyone. Yes...glad for the calf pull experience, especially since it turned out well...but definitely don't want to be doing that very often.

Tim

Re: Little advice please

Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:49 pm
by snoopdog
Congratulations on a successful pull, keep an eye out but it sounds like mamas got it covered .

Re: Little advice please

Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:51 am
by Dogs and Cows
Yep...everything seems fine. She is doing her job. I will say, it is very interesting the difference in mammas. I have a few that won't let their calves out of their sight and then this...she will leave him and go about her business. I rotational graze and moved the cows yesterday. The little calf stayed laying in the pasture...mamma was really agitated and bellowing. Finally calf came over. I was very happy to see her so upset...LOL. Anyway, I appreciate all the comments.

Tim