Nesikep wrote:This goes along the lines of the topic "Strange this year" by Dun.. I've noticed number of my heifer calves have udders... and they're only 3 months old. A pair of them already seem to have a half gallon worth of udder there... enough that it's pretty striking, and I didn't notice it on their full blooded sisters from last year.. I had taken some pictures to post but being absent minded today, my camera is still hanging from the handlebars of my bike.. hope it doesn't rain.
Do you notice a strong correlation from the udder formation as a calf to when it's a mature cow? Can I expect these calves to have bigger bags than their sisters from last year? (I'll see how they turn out in 8 months)
regolith wrote:It would be good to see pictures if you can get them here Nesi.
I'm confused - but Alison is right, heifers grown excessively fast do lay down some fat in the udder area and it's linked to *reduced* production as an adult... I've never seen it in dairy heifers, I suppose because it's been known for years that growing too fast can have negative consequences and it takes a huge amount of feed to do it. It might be easier to overfeed beef heifers in that manner (easy keepers) but I just can't see it being an issue in a three month old calf.
I've heard talk of young calves producing milk being affected by the hormones from their mother or the environment, again I've never seen it.
Nesikep wrote:From what it sounds like, Bigbull understands that these are yearling heifers, they aren't, they're 3 month old calves. as for overfeeding, I kinda doubt it, they're well fed certainly, but I noticed this while they were still on hay, and they don't have any grain, etc supplements... so for the picture
which is this calf
and here is another calf's udder
bigbull338 wrote:oh oh some1 just threw the false bagg up in the mix.that happens with bred heifers that are usually bred 4 to 6 months.an that bagg usually goes down as well.
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