Young heifers

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Re: Young heifers

Postby lithuanian farmer » Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:31 pm

Another heifer has calved today. 28months old. Nice tiny heifer calf.
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Re: Young heifers

Postby lithuanian farmer » Sun Sep 10, 2017 2:03 pm

All young mommas are doing great job.
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Four more heifers should calve before winter.
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Re: Young heifers

Postby lithuanian farmer » Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:14 pm

Another heifer has calved this morning. Finally a bull calf! Another slim calf, but he has some size.
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Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:00 pm

Look good.
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Re: Young heifers

Postby lithuanian farmer » Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:19 am

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:Look good.

Thank you. She's my own heifer, not parents and the second cow for me. Very excited. Finally will be able to have something for meat factory next year and have some money for studying. My first cow had twin heifers this year, heifer last year too.
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Re: Young heifers

Postby lithuanian farmer » Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:51 pm

Had a new calf today again. Another heifer calf out of LimoxCharxdairy heifer. Very long legged calf, but no problems calving. So far from 10 small calves 7-heifers.
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The blue heifer should be calving next spring hopefully. She's kinda small, but with extra time she should be fine.
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Re: Young heifers

Postby lithuanian farmer » Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:48 pm

Another new mom with the calf. Bull calf. 284days gestation.
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Her full sister has calved with her first calved this January. Needed assistance, had 104lbs bull calf, 293days gestation. Both were bred by the same bull.
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Re: Young heifers

Postby lithuanian farmer » Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:49 am

One more heifer has calved from this group. 7/8Limo heifer has Limox bull calf. 298 days gestation, 101.4lbs, calved without assistance. Only two are left from this group. Both are pretty late, one is due in March, another due in April.
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Re: Young heifers

Postby lithuanian farmer » Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:31 am

The new mom with her calf.
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Re: Young heifers

Postby lithuanian farmer » Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:47 am

The last ones are due soon. One is on 285th day today. Another is due on 11th of April, but already has a decent udder and fairly big belly...
The closest one is still preparing. It doesn't look that she will calve for a week or so, but hoping. Not good news if she calves late.
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Re: Young heifers

Postby lithuanian farmer » Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:20 am

Finally, the heifer has calved. Sooner than expected. 289th day.
That's her photo as a young calf. She's the first as muscled heifer we calved, so it was very exciting, but scary as well. Especially when we saw that she isn't growing much and is a fairly small one.
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So she has a bull calf. Not weighed yet, but should be abit over 90lbs. Needed some assistance. But I'm not so surprised, as our bull isn't very suitable for heifers. Brought her home to the barn, just in case if there were any more serious trouble.
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Re: Young heifers

Postby lithuanian farmer » Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:54 am

So the new boy weighs 97lbs.
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Re: Young heifers

Postby elkwc » Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:55 pm

You sure have heavier calving weights than we do in this area. I try to keep the calf weights on the mature cows below 95 and below 85 lbs on heifers.
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Re: Young heifers

Postby lithuanian farmer » Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:09 am

At this moment the average birth weight for this calving season is 101.3lbs (counting in twins, without twins it's around 104lbs), gestation length 289.6 days.
Would like that heifers had calves not bigger than 90lbs. Then they should all calve easily. But it rarely happens that they have small calves. However, this season had to assist only one heifer calving and one old cow calving. All other calved themselves.
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Re: Young heifers

Postby Nesikep » Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:02 am

Stout calf!.. I have a bunch well into the 100's.. and our average is pretty close.
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