My favorite color is...black.

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My favorite color is...black.

Postby GAonmymind » Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:08 pm

New calf today. Momma and baby are fine.
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Re: My favorite color is...black.

Postby Bright Raven » Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:11 pm

Congratulations
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Re: My favorite color is...black.

Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:13 pm

Black calves matter.
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Re: My favorite color is...black.

Postby GAonmymind » Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:25 pm

Thanks. Husband and I checked them yesterday evening and I just knew 18, 51, and 89 would calve soon. They are huge. Went out to check this morning and saw this. Did not even know this one was pregnant. Maybe the others are obese..got to get better at noticing the signs.
I have learned a ton on this board but have a ways to go.
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Re: My favorite color is...black.

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:49 pm

Being "big" does not indicate they are ready. Some things to watch is the udder, the teats, the pelvic ligaments, and the vulva.
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Re: My favorite color is...black.

Postby torogmc81 » Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:53 pm

Congrats. we have to wait till late sept to see our next ....
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Re: My favorite color is...black.

Postby Workinonit Farm » Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:55 pm

Very nice!

And I echo what Jeanne said, as to indications of getting close to parturition. :)
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Re: My favorite color is...black.

Postby Craig Miller » Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:15 pm

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:Being "big" does not indicate they are ready. Some things to watch is the udder, the teats, the pelvic ligaments, and the vulva.
Edited: Congratulations!!


I understand all those except pelvic ligaments. Can you explain?
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Re: My favorite color is...black.

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sun Aug 13, 2017 5:46 am

I don't know proper "terminology", but when a cow is close, her body produces hormones which is what makes all the changes preparing her body for parturition. The ligaments loosen, allowing her pelvic area to widen. When this happens, the tail head usually appears higher, the area on each side of the tail head gets much looser to the touch (ligament). Because of this loosening, most of my cows will walk a little "sickle hocked" the last few hours.
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Re: My favorite color is...black.

Postby GAonmymind » Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:45 am

:clap: Thank you Jeanne!
You and a few others are always willing to share your wealth of knowledge. That is why I keep coming back to this forum despite the drama.

THANKS!
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Re: My favorite color is...black.

Postby Craig Miller » Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:08 am

Thanks
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Re: My favorite color is...black.

Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:44 am

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:I don't know proper "terminology", but when a cow is close, her body produces hormones which is what makes all the changes preparing her body for parturition. The ligaments loosen, allowing her pelvic area to widen. When this happens, the tail head usually appears higher, the area on each side of the tail head gets much looser to the touch (ligament). Because of this loosening, most of my cows will walk a little "sickle hocked" the last few hours.


I'll be watching for that. Very informative.
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Re: My favorite color is...black.

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:12 am

I don't always know how to explain "what I see". LOL
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