Calving, 2018

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Calving, 2018

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:03 am

The first calf was born for this year. A heifer calf. 284days gestation, 102.5lbs weight. Probably the smallest calf for the cow.:)
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Re: Calving, 2018

Post by Bright Raven » Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:23 am

lithuanian farmer wrote:The first calf was born for this year. A heifer calf. 284days gestation, 102.5lbs weight. Probably the smallest calf for the cow.:)
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Nice big calf.

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Re: Calving, 2018

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:31 am

Bright Raven wrote:
lithuanian farmer wrote:The first calf was born for this year. A heifer calf. 284days gestation, 102.5lbs weight. Probably the smallest calf for the cow.:)
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More calves are on the way too.



Nice big calf.

Not that big. Especially for her. Her the 1st calf was 119lbs Angus sired bull calf, unfortunately dead. The 2nd wasn't weighed, but should have been ~100lbs heifer, the 3rd was 160lbs bull calf, the 4th was 112.4lbs breach bull calf and now this little heifer. :D I found just recently that cow's sire- Angus bull, was born at 121lbs...
No smaller that 90lbs calves so far this winter... And we just have started calving.

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Re: Calving, 2018

Post by Bright Raven » Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:39 am

lithuanian farmer wrote:Not that big. Especially for her. Her the 1st calf was 119lbs Angus sired bull calf, unfortunately dead. The 2nd wasn't weighed, but should have been ~100lbs heifer, the 3rd was 160lbs bull calf, the 4th was 112.4lbs breach bull calf and now this little heifer. :D I found just recently that cow's sire- Angus bull, was born at 121lbs...
No smaller that 90lbs calves so far this winter... And we just have started calving.


What is your average Birth Weight?
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Re: Calving, 2018

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:52 am

Bright Raven wrote:
What is your average Birth Weight?

No set one, as we have quite a big range in birth weights (the smallest we've ever had was ~57lbs, the biggest 160lbs, so far). For example, july-october calving cows/heifers had small calves, ~77lbs, maybe up to 88lbs. Since November we didn't had a calf smaller than 90 lbs (the biggest 116.8lbs).
Last year, average of all weighed calves was 101.19lbs. Fall born calves not weighed. We prefer when heifers don't go higher than 100lbs and most cows not higher than 110lbs. However, there are some exceptions with several cows, which can handle huge calves without assistance.

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Re: Calving, 2018

Post by Bright Raven » Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:53 am

lithuanian farmer wrote:
Bright Raven wrote:
What is your average Birth Weight?

No set one, as we have quite a big range in birth weights (the smallest we've ever had was ~57lbs, the biggest 160lbs, so far). For example, july-october calving cows/heifers had small calves, ~77lbs, maybe up to 88lbs. Since November we didn't had a calf smaller than 90 lbs (the biggest 116.8lbs).
Last year, average of all weighed calves was 101.19lbs. Fall born calves not weighed. We prefer when heifers don't go higher than 100lbs and most cows not higher than 110lbs. However, there are some exceptions with several cows, which can handle huge calves without assistance.

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Re: Calving, 2018

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:08 am

Bright Raven wrote:Thank you

No problems. I guess our average this season will be similar to the last year's. However, it can be completely different next season (starting october), as we will have quite many AI calves from several different sires of different breeds, like Angus, BB, maybe Charolais, Piedmontese, INRA95 and Blonde d'Aquitaine. Still hope that will be able to get some straws of one Parthenaise bull for heifers AI this summer.

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Re: Calving, 2018

Post by Muddy » Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:57 am

What is a INRA95?

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Re: Calving, 2018

Post by ALACOWMAN » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:32 am

Looking good... And good luck with the rest...
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Re: Calving, 2018

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:26 am

Muddy wrote:What is a INRA95?

A french breed bred using Charolais, Limousine, Piedmontese, Maine Anjou, Blonde d'Aquitaine, some has Belgian blue.
It's often called as a french Belgian Blue. That's a breed you would use only on mature easy calving cows. We had once a calf from this breed out of a dairy cow. Kill out was 58% at 15months age. Not bad for a half dairy calf.
http://www.trouverlebontaureau.com/nos- ... 8130139933 Used this bull then.

This time have selected easier calving bull and better looking in my opinion.
http://www.trouverlebontaureau.com/nos- ... 8130562111 He's abit more than 50% Charolais.
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Re: Calving, 2018

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:29 am

ALACOWMAN wrote:Looking good... And good luck with the rest...

Thank you. That's only the start, so hopefully everything will be fine.

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Re: Calving, 2018

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:45 am

You just can't save them all. :cry2: Just found a big dead bull calf. Maybe 120lbs or more. Massive shoulders and head, so it took too long for the cow to calve the first half. The half sister of the first calved cow. That was her 3rd calf. Last year she had 112lbs heifer, with big head and big shoulders, but that time we saw her calving and helped abit.
Well, luckily the girl has calved herself and is fine. She should be in heat quickly, so hoping for a nice calf maybe even at the end of this year.

Some better photos of the previous heifer. Should grow into a fine animal.
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Re: Calving, 2018

Post by lithuanian farmer » Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:50 pm

lithuanian farmer wrote:
Muddy wrote:What is a INRA95?

A french breed bred using Charolais, Limousine, Piedmontese, Maine Anjou, Blonde d'Aquitaine, some has Belgian blue.
It's often called as a french Belgian Blue. That's a breed you would use only on mature easy calving cows. We had once a calf from this breed out of a dairy cow. Kill out was 58% at 15months age. Not bad for a half dairy calf.
http://www.trouverlebontaureau.com/nos- ... 8130139933 Used this bull then.

This time have selected easier calving bull and better looking in my opinion.
http://www.trouverlebontaureau.com/nos- ... 8130562111 He's abit more than 50% Charolais.

Our INRAx calf out of dairy cow. Skinny tall dairy cow.
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Re: Calving, 2018

Post by lithuanian farmer » Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:55 pm

A new bull calf born this morning. 103,6lbs, the 4th calf for the cow. Calved without assistance.
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Re: Calving, 2018

Post by lithuanian farmer » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:48 am

New bull calf was born on Sunday evening. Out of 3rd calver, 289days gestation. Weighed him today, 113.5lbs.
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