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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby glacierridge » Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:52 am

I'm glad that it all worked out okay.
Congrats on the calf.
Keep us posted on their progress
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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby lithuanian farmer » Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:29 pm

Thank you, Anne. I'll definitely post progress of young mother and daughter. I'll probably ask my mother if I could keep that heifer for me.
We're much calmer now that heifer calved without problems.
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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby Taurus » Sat Jul 20, 2013 1:44 pm

Glad that she had a lightweight calf instead of these big calf deals.
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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby j&lfarms » Sun Jul 21, 2013 9:22 am

Went through the same problems at the first of June. The stress level for me was crazy! Lol I had to pull mine too, but they are both doing fine now. Good luck!
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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby lithuanian farmer » Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:22 pm

Weigh calf yesterday. Just 67lbs( the smallest we've ever had). Already has a name( I gave it)- Nutty. :) Very lively and friendly. Strange thing is that her dams behaviour is like matured cows, but it's really good.
Thank you all. We're feeling stress too before she calved. When I've called to my parents and said that heifer is calving they were very worrying about her, but felt better when I said that I've already pulled calf. We don't like teen pregnancy alot and try to avoid that, but sometimes that happens, had 3 at all, but just two calved, one this year and one last year, but had quite big and already dead calf, calved at 20months.
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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby j&lfarms » Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:13 pm

I bought the one I had in October, put a bull with her in April, and ended up having a calf in June. Pretty unexpected.
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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby Dave » Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:08 pm

I was worried about these teen pregnancy heifers that I have. I had another one drop a calf yesterday. A nice healthy black white face heifer. I haven't had to assist with a single one of the births. I had three dead calves that have me wondering why. But no problems with the heifers which is where my concern was.
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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby lithuanian farmer » Thu Aug 15, 2013 2:55 pm

Young cow with her calf today.
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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby glacierridge » Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:13 pm

Aww that's beautiful!!!
Looks like she's doing a really good job for such a young mother!!!
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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby lithuanian farmer » Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:33 pm

glacierridge wrote:Aww that's beautiful!!!
Looks like she's doing a really good job for such a young mother!!!
:)

Yes. Young heifer like to nurse others cows. :)
But we're abit sad, because she was able to be really big, good cow, but now she is too small for us, so will keep for two or so years and will try sell for somebody to keep.
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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby glacierridge » Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:38 pm

Don't give up on her yet, we have many that keep growing after their first calf.

Our vet told me that many large continental breeds keep growing until about 4 years. Smaller breeds can grow up to 3 years.

You might be surprised how much she could change in the next year or two.
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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby lithuanian farmer » Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:51 pm

glacierridge wrote:Don't give up on her yet, we have many that keep growing after their first calf.

Our vet told me that many large continental breeds keep growing until about 4 years. Smaller breeds can grow up to 3 years.

You might be surprised how much she could change in the next year or two.

Will see how she'll look.
Next year she's going to have a calf by our Limo bull, but I'm pretty sure that she'll calve without problems. She can be kept even because of her calving ease.
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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby glacierridge » Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:03 pm

lithuanian farmer wrote:
glacierridge wrote:Don't give up on her yet, we have many that keep growing after their first calf.

Our vet told me that many large continental breeds keep growing until about 4 years. Smaller breeds can grow up to 3 years.

You might be surprised how much she could change in the next year or two.

Will see how she'll look.
Next year she's going to have a calf by our Limo bull, but I'm pretty sure that she'll calve without problems. She can be kept even because of her calving ease.


Yeah we have a few smaller cows that we keep because they can calve easy.
If you have a good bull, a small cow can still have a good calf if she can make plenty of milk to grow it :)
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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby lithuanian farmer » Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:06 pm

glacierridge wrote:
lithuanian farmer wrote:
glacierridge wrote:Don't give up on her yet, we have many that keep growing after their first calf.

Our vet told me that many large continental breeds keep growing until about 4 years. Smaller breeds can grow up to 3 years.

You might be surprised how much she could change in the next year or two.

Will see how she'll look.
Next year she's going to have a calf by our Limo bull, but I'm pretty sure that she'll calve without problems. She can be kept even because of her calving ease.


Yeah we have a few smaller cows that we keep because they can calve easy.
If you have a good bull, a small cow can still have a good calf if she can make plenty of milk to grow it :)

I'm not sure that she has alot of milk, because that her udder is small, but it'll be enough for at least one month for calf, but then calf can go to nurse others cows as all calves do.
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Re: Heifer in calf

Postby glacierridge » Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:10 pm

She'll increase on the 2nd and 3rd lactations.

We had one that barely made enough until her 4th.
But she was an easy keeper and still had nice calves and that's what kept her.
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