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Re: Here we go again...

Post by MurraysMutts » Fri Sep 11, 2020 8:04 am

A hungry and aggressive calf helps...
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Re: Here we go again...

Post by MurraysMutts » Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:06 pm

A little progress this evening. I kept her attention with feed in the pan covered in hay so she she had to dig around a bit.
She still shoving the calf a bit with her head.
A tap with a stick gets her attention. And calf goes right back to nursing. Wonder how long b4 she gives in...
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Re: Here we go again...

Post by MurraysMutts » Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:15 am

It was almost like the heifer dance this morning. U know, round and round chasing the udder. Mama chasing baby. Baby chasing the udder.
The kid is getting real good at dodging kicks and going right back to nursing. Her persistance pays huge dividends. Mama eventually settles, and eats her feed while the baby tanks up. No where near ready to turn out yet, but its progress nonetheless...
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Re: Here we go again...

Post by MurraysMutts » Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:13 pm

Not much new this evening.
The calf follows mama everywhere. Still had to pen and feed mama to let baby nurse. More shoving. More kicking. More cussing. Lol

Probly my mind playing tricks, but looked like mama had been nursed b4 I got there...
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Re: Here we go again...

Post by farmerjan » Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:37 pm

She'll settle as the calf is persistent enough it seems. That's the biggest hurdle. Might take a week or so.... but it is better than losing a whole lactation.....
AIN'T FARMING FUN???!!!!

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Re: Here we go again...

Post by MurraysMutts » Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:23 am

farmerjan wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:37 pm
She'll settle as the calf is persistent enough it seems. That's the biggest hurdle. Might take a week or so.... but it is better than losing a whole lactation.....
AIN'T FARMING FUN???!!!!
O yes. I enjoy it tremendously. The cow/calf stuff especially.
What mama doesnt realize is, I'm pretty dang persistent. Maybe just stubborn. I will win!! Lol
The calf dont give up. She just dont. I'm really thankful for that. At least I dont have to chute her anymore. She hates that chute! First cow/heifer I've had that wants to try and jump over it. Rearing up toward the sky like a horse.

Good news.
Placenta is cleared!
Calf is eating while mamas eating this morning.
A bit of fly spray today too. Pen is a mess. Flies are terrible. Thatll make for more work later.
We just keep on for a while I reckon.
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Re: Here we go again...

Post by MurraysMutts » Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:04 am

A lil more of the same this morning.
Feed mama, baby comes to nurse. Mama shoves baby around a bit.
Repeat.
Repeat.
Repeat.
Then she finally settles some....
Get it any way ya can! Lol
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Baby appears to be getting just enough. Plenty vigorous. And after mama settles all seems right.
Dangdest thing, she will snifffff that calf and love it occasionally. Then does that crap with her head and kick at the calf. We ain't quite there yet
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Post by MurraysMutts » Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:11 pm

This evening SEEMED better.
I grew a pair and stood in the pen with em. Shes never shown any aggressive behavior toward people, but you can bet I was on high alert.
She wasnt necessarily kicking tonight, but she was constantly raising a rear leg. One side or another. Like blocking the calf. Lol
She only shoved the calf once. I had her attention in the pen for sure. I was sure ready to whack her if she tried that crap.
Anyway.... we will get er done one way or the other.

O! We did have a lil conversation.
Basically shes gonna get her poop in a group and raise this calf, or shes going to work for mcds and I'll raise her replacement.
She seemed understanding
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Re: Here we go again...

Post by MurraysMutts » Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:38 am

Hike a leg mama, and gimme some be nice!
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Not exactly how it works, but what do I know...
Much calmer this morning.
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Post by MurraysMutts » Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:17 pm

I like this better. Pretty nice evening tonight. I dont think she swung her head once. Still a bit antsy. Baby finished b4 mama was done eating tonight.
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Re: Here we go again...

Post by kenny thomas » Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:31 pm

Your getting closer every day to turnout. Good job
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Re: Here we go again...

Post by MurraysMutts » Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:22 am

Threw for a curve this morning. I was up every couple hours checking heifers that apparently weren't laboring. Lol
So I slept too long!!
They were both up already this morning. Mama still ain't having it without feed in her face tho. Small shoves. Heifer dance. Feed in bucket. And here we are. Shes very calm with her breakfast and baby nursing.

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Re: Here we go again...

Post by MurraysMutts » Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:13 pm

Pretty happy this evening. They were dancing around while mama was looking for her supper. She wasnt gonna let that baby eat until she had food too!
This is progress tho. Baby finished b4 mama again. When mama was done. Baby went back to check and see of there was any more. And she actually let her!!!
Nice. Very nice. When I was leaving, I actually caught mama licking that baby! I can hardly contain my excitement. That means they can come home soon.
Been about a week now. Twice a day working with them. We will see what tomorrow brings...

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No feed for mama and baby is double checking.
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Re: Here we go again...

Post by MurraysMutts » Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:37 pm

More of the same tonight.
Shoving and such til she got her feed. I tried coaxing her with some fresh hay but she wasnt having it.

Will she ever give in???
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Re: Here we go again...

Post by MurraysMutts » Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:09 pm

Dangdest thing. If I'm in the pen with em, she will let her nurse. Real antsy about it tho. Probly knows I got feed somewhere.
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We ain't there yet but I'm moving them home to my pen tomorrow. I dont need the chute at my buddies place so she may as well be out of his hair.
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