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Pregnancy signs. ASAP! Thanks

Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:37 am
by Lrj505
Just bought some pregnant cows. Don’t know how far along they are. I am posting a pic. 2 of the 4 are isolating hem self from the rest and the ligaments seem really sunk. How long til I should expect a calf? Thanks very new to all this and appreciate the help.
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Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:15 am
by M-5
There is no way to tell from pics. They look thin. Just feed them and watch them for at least 280 days.

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Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 12:07 pm
by farmerjan
First thing I would do is find a good large animal vet. Get them palpated and they will be able to give you an idea of the length of the pregnancy. Get advice on how to feed since they seem thin. If you are new to cattle, you really don't know for sure they are even pregnant. Unfortunately there are people that see a newbie coming and will tell/sell you anything. And maybe you got hooked up with a decent honest person. But to buy a "pregnant" animal, I want some kind of guarantee that they are pregnant and about how far along they are.

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Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 12:51 pm
by alisonb
Sincerely hope that that animal is not pregnant, it is in a terrible state. As Farmerjan suggested, get hold of a vet that can palpate as well as advise on vaccinations, deworming, minerals and feed urgently.

All the best with your animals...

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Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 2:11 pm
by Workinonit Farm
From the pictures posted, all I see is an animal that is very thin, has either rubbed its hind end or it has lice. If this animal is pregnant, it is not outwardly obvious.

As has already been suggested, to know for sure, get a vet involved who can palpate, or do an ultrasound.

If the rest of your purchased animals look like this one, I strongly suggest giving them access to good quality hay, free choice, as well as a good loose mineral, free choice and a bit of feed daily with access to whatever grass you may have. It probably wouldn't hurt to deworm them as well.

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Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:51 pm
by Lrj505
Here are better pics. I feed 2 bales of alfalfa a day and one bale of Sudan grass. How much more should I feed them ?

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Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:17 pm
by jerry27150
give them all they can clean up

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Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:47 pm
by Workinonit Farm
Lrj505 wrote:Here are better pics. I feed 2 bales of alfalfa a day and one bale of Sudan grass. How much more should I feed them ?


Where are the pictures?

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Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:58 pm
by Silver
I don't even see any indication of udder development. I would think if they were very pregnant we could see a hint of an udder in these pics.

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Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:41 pm
by Lrj505
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Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:42 pm
by Lrj505
Here are the 4 I bought I paid $600 each. The last pic of her laying was about 3 weeks ago before i bought her with her last years calf

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Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:58 pm
by Allenw
They have some age on them.

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Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:58 pm
by callmefence
Just had calves weaned off em id say.
Their a little rough and have some age on them. Far from starved though. I think you got a little wait.
Could be wrong.... wouldn't be the first time. ;-)

Edit to add...I'd look in their mouth before I looked in the other end.

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Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:28 pm
by Lrj505
Thanks for advice. Is it better to it to buy old pregnant cheap cows get a calf , then sell the old cow and try to get your money back, while keeping the calf ? Or buying bred heifers and spending a little more ? Is should I sell the pair or ??!!

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Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:38 pm
by callmefence
Lrj505 wrote:Thanks for advice. Is it better to it to buy old pregnant cheap cows get a calf , then sell the old cow and try to get your money back, while keeping the calf ? Or buying bred heifers and spending a little more ? Is should I sell the pair or ??!!


If you've got pasture and they have some teeth you could keep them and get the calf. I wouldn't sell as pairs. Wean the calf early before the cows loose condition and sell everything. :2cents:

If they don't have teeth and/or you or gonna have to feed them. I would say sell them. If you're gonna be dumping out feed might as well be to better stock. :2cents:

They really don't look that terrible. Little rough and high mileage.