Calving season 2019 for me

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Calving season 2019 for me

Post by Nesikep » Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:22 am

previously I made a post at the beginning of the season and updated it.. never got around to that this year..
I'll give you a summary here and post some of the longer stories later

Well to start with, Feb was cold as a witch's tit, snow and ice everywhere, spent most of it around 0F -18C.. at some point, well ahead of when I wanted the whole herd of cows in the corral (I'd brought up a couple early ones already) I heard mooing around the yard at 3AM... Well, the #$%#$## had opened the gate in the field and were up in the yard.. OK.. open the corrals and in a couple minutes they were all inside... The whole works was pretty much glare ice, they had to walk really gingerly, glad none of them splayed out.

So Mar 1st comes along, and right on the due date Prada has the first calf, pretty small heifer for a normal mature cow.. 70ish lbs, (her first year she was the last, had her calf in august, Made a deal with her that she better catch up.. she held her end of the bargain!).. couple days later another 6 year old cow had a bull calf, then Hera, a nice first timer had a pretty decent sized steer, figure around 90 lbs or so.. little bit hiplocked but came out with a bit of wiggling... By that point the corrals were in the process of thawing out, things were pretty messy but the weather was wonderful and things started drying up in a hurry.

Then a few days off, and around St Patty's day the flood gates opened, 4 of them in a day, I was sitting at 7 bulls and 2 heifers, with the amount of culling I've done it was looking like slim pickin's for replacements.. Chroma (9 year old) had a beauty of a heifer, all she wants to do is eat, drink and sleep, she's growing like heck, has a nice slick coat and I find her really deep chested for a calf.. meaty butt too.
Then the 2nd of the 4 heifers calved.. 2 am of course, really big calf for a small cow, swore I was going to pull that calf in half, but it did come out.. took both a day to get up but they're good now.
Couple older cows had big calves, but they always do so it's just par for the course, they handle it fine.. I don't pick up the calves anymore unless I really have to.

One 2nd timer started getting bad vaginal prolapse before calving.. Grrr.. she calved fine, then when she expelled the placenta she had a uterine prolapse.. 2 am, got humpty dumpty put back together again.. that's a whole post on it's own.

Last heifer calved today, big heifer calf, both front legs the wrong way.. All's well that ends well

I got a 2nd timer and a 7 year old left, they should be done in the next week.


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Re: Calving season 2019 for me

Post by Nesikep » Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:08 am

the 2nd timer calved this morning, another heifer calf (that's 10 heifers, 9 bulls.. and I started the season with 7 bulls and 2 heifers!)..
At this stage of growth there's not a single heifer I really don't like.. there's a few from cows I consider terminal, but they're still nice..

Here's some pics
Prada with the first calf, 70ish lb heifer
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Cenci with Zeus, the bull I'll be keeping intact
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Hera (Cenci's daughter) with a 90 lb steer, got a little hiplocked, he's growing nice
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Sybille with a monster bull
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Kama with a really small bull calf (60ish lbs?)
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Haida with a heifer
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Stella with another heifer
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Vispa with a heifer (probably a keeper)
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Vispa's daughter with a bull calf.. she's 9 years old, NEVER given me a heifer, and I'd like one from her
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Zecca relaxing
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Zecca relaxing, a year ago.. Not much has changed!
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Re: Calving season 2019 for me

Post by Nesikep » Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:16 am

Zecca (and Zippy) wasn't getting up after that pull for a while, but she mothered up good
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Zecca and Zippy the following morning
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Zecca and Zippy at about day 3 or 4
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Zippy at about 12 days
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Chroma and Pookie with Cenci and Zeus.. those two cows are best friends, and the two calves are real buddies too
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Chroma and Pookie.. she's turning into a beauty
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Tatla with a monster bull, especially for a small cow.. she could have done it on her own but I was there and gave a hand
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Sigma with a bull calf, she's the one that prolapsed
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Copy and her heifer
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Re: Calving season 2019 for me

Post by Nesikep » Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:27 am

Volta with a nice heifer, she comes from a WITCH of a cow, but she's been a total doll.. when I needed milk for the prolapse baby I just went to her with my bottle and filled it up.. sure nice!
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Stella
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Zeus
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Coda, that was the one from this morning
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Zeus and Pookie
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Dusty, the first one (she's basically a full sister to Pookie, mothers are full sisters, same sire)
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Pookie
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Pookie in halter training class.. starting early on her
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Re: Calving season 2019 for me

Post by gizmom » Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:56 am

All look good but Stella is my favorite just cute calf!

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Re: Calving season 2019 for me

Post by Silver » Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:56 am

Those older calves are really popping.

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Re: Calving season 2019 for me

Post by Nesikep » Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:27 am

gizmom wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:56 am
All look good but Stella is my favorite just cute calf!

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She's one I consider a terminal cow.. Stella just about passes out from heat despite being white.. Remember that roan calf I had 10 years ago, Maddy, the "Chairman of the board"? that was hers, and she died of pneumonia or something in the middle of summer
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Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:56 am
Those older calves are really popping.
Yeah, I'm liking them all this year, assuming all the heifers grow well I might actually have a nice bunch of replacements.. 2 of the first timers have heifers that are from families I like, if they grow well they ought to be good
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Re: Calving season 2019 for me

Post by wbvs58 » Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:34 pm

I can see the work and progress you are making with your herd Nesi. Must be satisfying.

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Re: Calving season 2019 for me

Post by gizmom » Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:14 am

Pookie looks really good is she on the keeper list? I hate Stella is terminal I am a sucker for color.

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Re: Calving season 2019 for me

Post by Nesikep » Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:42 am

wbvs58 wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:34 pm
I can see the work and progress you are making with your herd Nesi. Must be satisfying.

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It is, I've made more progress in the last 2-3 years with my own bulls than most of the 10 previous... For build, I think nearly any heifer will be at least close to replacement quality, from the first timers I'll have to see if they grow them up to a good enough weight. I might be keeping quite a bundle of them this year to get my numbers back up

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Pookie looks really good is she on the keeper list? I hate Stella is terminal I am a sucker for color.

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Pookie is at the top of the list, Dusty (#1) is looking good too, maybe a bit smaller framed, Her mother is Zecca's mother


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Calves playing with an empty tub
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Copy and her calf, selfie time with me
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Re: Calving season 2019 for me

Post by Nesikep » Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:32 am

try this again

Here's Zeus the lazybones


Calves playing with an empty tub


Copy and her calf, selfie time with me
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Re: Calving season 2019 for me

Post by 76 Bar » Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:55 am

I've made more progress in the last 2-3 years with my own bulls than most of the 10 previous
Not at all surprised. 8)
Greatly appreciate and always look forward to your real world unvarnished pics & videos. :heart:

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Re: Calving season 2019 for me

Post by Nesikep » Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:05 am

76bar, thanks, good to know they're liked

and just to see if I'm hallucinating or not.. trying this video thing again
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Re: Calving season 2019 for me

Post by Nesikep » Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:42 pm

Here's Zippy at 20 days old, good and round, sure growing!
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More training for Pookie.. she'll get the idea pretty soon here, momma was out grazing with her showing her what to do
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Re: Calving season 2019 for me

Post by Nesikep » Sun May 12, 2019 5:04 pm

well, Zeus is 64 days old today, turnout will be this week.. I think he'll do well on grass.
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Pookie is also growing really nicely, outgrowing the others by far, and her momma raised two calves last year
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Zecca and Zippy, can't complain for a first timer
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Hera and Nugget.. can't complain about this either
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I'm finding Hectors calves have big appetites, they nurse aggressively and until Every.Last.Drop is gone.. you can see how they're leaning into it! Really friendly bunch of calves too
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