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Worry Wart Syndrome

Post by sme.misfit.farms » Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:10 am

My name's Melissa and I'm a worry wart :lol:

I'm blaming it on lack of experience and a preference of having plans laid out. I know we're puny compared to majority of you but...

How do you guys patiently wait for calves from cows that are on the bubble of keeping or not? We only have a couple acres so I'm trying to be super picky on what we keep or cull.

Current situations:
Heifer didn't take her calf last year, she's nice enough that she got a second chance.
Crazy heifer gets to pop one out and she'll go to the butcher, timing depends on if she mothers or not.
Older cow (9) I'm watching her milk production this year.



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Re: Worry Wart Syndrome

Post by MurraysMutts » Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:05 am

Cows only job is to raise a calf.
I've never had one that would not take her own baby.
That one would make her gone like yesterday!

Round here anyway...
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Re: Worry Wart Syndrome

Post by sme.misfit.farms » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:57 am

MurraysMutts wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:05 am
Cows only job is to raise a calf.
I've never had one that would not take her own baby.
That one would make her gone like yesterday!

Round here anyway...
She rejected hers yesterday so she has a date May 11th.
She cleaned it, was concerned of it, but then pushed the living daylights aggressively out of it.

Weird thing we noticed is her bag is hard and you can't get much milk out of it. Same thing happened last year so something isn't right with her anyways. Live and learn! Only three heifers left to go

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Re: Worry Wart Syndrome

Post by cowgal604 » Mon Feb 24, 2020 8:23 am

sme.misfit.farms wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:57 am
MurraysMutts wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:05 am
Cows only job is to raise a calf.
I've never had one that would not take her own baby.
That one would make her gone like yesterday!

Round here anyway...
She rejected hers yesterday so she has a date May 11th.
She cleaned it, was concerned of it, but then pushed the living daylights aggressively out of it.

Weird thing we noticed is her bag is hard and you can't get much milk out of it. Same thing happened last year so something isn't right with her anyways. Live and learn! Only three heifers left to go
I had one with a hard bag once like that. She also was a bad mother but also kinda a good mother. She would aggressively nudge at her calf in the field and her calf would cry out to her all day and she would just dance around it. Turned out she had no holes in her teats! She only had one tiny hole for milk to come out. I ended up bottle feeding her calf and she ended up jumping a fence and getting hit by a car. But, she was a bad mother yes, but there was more going on

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Re: Worry Wart Syndrome

Post by MurraysMutts » Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:57 am

Least u got a live calf to care for.
That's a plus I reckon.

Hey, good beef bottle calves are bringing around 250-300 at the barns here.
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Re: Worry Wart Syndrome

Post by 76 Bar » Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:27 pm

Heifer didn't take her calf last year, she's nice enough that she got a second chance.
Any female that rejects her calf needs to be disposed post haste.

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Re: Worry Wart Syndrome

Post by TCRanch » Mon Feb 24, 2020 5:24 pm

I've had one heifer that easily calved, took one look at her baby & hit the road. Penned them together for a week and she found the love - and bawled the most at weaning. Against my better judgment I gave her a 2nd chance. She's due in 2 weeks with her 8th calf and I've kept most of her heifers.

The only other time I had a cow reject a calf the cow had twins. Initially claimed them both but ditched one after 3 days and I ended up with a bottle calf (still have her). Had every intention of selling the cow but she ended up with lymphoma. Karma's a bi***! Heifers are the equivalent of teenage girls so I'll give them a little leeway but not with an experienced cow.

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Re: Worry Wart Syndrome

Post by SBMF 2015 » Mon Feb 24, 2020 8:34 pm

If it was my cows, the two hfrs would be gone, and that nine year old that has done her job year after year would get to stay until she doesn't do her job.
I calve 20-30 hfrs a year 99% of them are hard wired to be a momma, but every once in a while you'll get one that just fights motherhood all the way. If I have a cow loose a calf I'll graft the hfrs calf on the cow and stick the hfr in the feedlot.
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Re: Worry Wart Syndrome

Post by Brute 23 » Mon Feb 24, 2020 8:36 pm

I dont play that... I'd sell them all and start over.
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Re: Worry Wart Syndrome

Post by greggy » Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:59 pm

Well thanks very much Melissa.

Your worrying, has given my yearlings warts ! :)

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Re: Worry Wart Syndrome

Post by sme.misfit.farms » Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:45 am

Sorry - it's been a bit hectic around home. So I'll reply all in one

And thank you for everyone's thoughts. Definitely helps with the learning!

She was super aggressive, and I was out right after it came out so I went inside and figured she needed space. She was alone in the pasture so no other cows were bothering her.

Thanks MurraysMutts! That's the plus, she's spunky. Waiting on the other that I assume will be a bottle calf and do some dealing.

TC - she was penned up for a week and a half last year and tried to make the love happen, but she's got some screws loose. She knows the baby offers some relief, so she's not dumb, just doesn't like to love apparently. She's gonna love being in the freezer :lol:

SBMF - they're definitely leaving. no questions, my patience is tried.

Brute - just trying to figure out if I'm worrying too much or not. Although I feel like I'm on the right tracks with stuff to watch for in future momma's and what to watch for culling.

Welcome greggy :lol: ! my worry paid off cause I had to pull a calf yesterday. Had a big ol' head and wasn't positioned quite right. Also was a real feel of 7 degrees, so didn't monkey around too much. Now off to watch if it was her or him that's the problem and go from there.

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Re: Worry Wart Syndrome

Post by sme.misfit.farms » Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:52 am

Little heifer. 56 lbs which is decent for this breed.
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After doing all I could to get it out, as my dad pulled in I got it. She's taking good care of him.
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Re: Worry Wart Syndrome

Post by MurraysMutts » Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:57 am

Good job!
I've found that a watchful eye cures a lot of problems. Gotta catch em early and know what to look for.
Good on ya!
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Re: Worry Wart Syndrome

Post by sme.misfit.farms » Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:00 am

MurraysMutts wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:57 am
Good job!
I've found that a watchful eye cures a lot of problems. Gotta catch em early and know what to look for.
Good on ya!
Thank you! Luckily they're close enough to the house I can use a camera to watch while I'm at my desk job

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Re: Worry Wart Syndrome

Post by littletom » Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:24 pm

I don't worry much. Just get up every morning deal with it best i can. Had 14 calves since Sunday pulled 2 one heifer one cow. Heifer didn't take hers will be evicted from here. Don't really know what deal was with cow. My Dad worries and don't have to deal with it. Different personalities i guess. Sure am glad I married a vet though, takes off alot of stress.

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