Heifers for breeding

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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by NonTypicalCPA » Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:45 am

Nesikep wrote:
Lazy M wrote:
lithuanian farmer wrote:Everybody has their own taste :) I like most of our crosses for different traits. Angus cows seem to be milky and have good growth, Limousine and especially BB adds some muscles, Charolais add some frame and etc. No bad breed.

Except salers..

I don't know if I'd want high percentage Saler cows, but Saler crosses are just fine... They're some of my best cows, better calving ability, better udders, better feet, and if well selected, temperaments are good too

Saler x Herf at 16 years old
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Nesi, I like the cowbells! How do you decide who gets to wear them? Do they serve a purpose or just for fun?



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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by Nesikep » Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:58 am

It is mostly just for fun, but if they ever escape and go wandering down by the river, it helps finding them.. It might also help against predators, though we've never had a problem.. a few mean cows with bells ringing probably deters a cougar more than without them.

The cows that have bells know they're special, and I see them ringing them on purpose, or walking and swinging their head just a bit harder than what seems usual.
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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:40 am

Here's a little trivia.
Does anyone know where or what "The Sounds of Music" was?
In Switzerland, each owner's herd wore a bell that the "bell maker" made just for that herd. Each herd had their own "sound" based on the fact (?) that cattle would stay with the same sound cattle. So, each herd had a different chime walking around the hills - thus "the sound of music".
Would you believe that many years ago, a group tried to stop the farmers from putting bells on the cows because it was "noise pollution" ??!!! Never heard how that turned out. Pretty sad.
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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by NonTypicalCPA » Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:45 pm

Nesikep wrote:It is mostly just for fun, but if they ever escape and go wandering down by the river, it helps finding them.. It might also help against predators, though we've never had a problem.. a few mean cows with bells ringing probably deters a cougar more than without them.

The cows that have bells know they're special, and I see them ringing them on purpose, or walking and swinging their head just a bit harder than what seems usual.


Sure, what girl doesn't like a little jewelry! Where do you buy them?

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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by NonTypicalCPA » Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:47 pm

On second thought, it's been awhile since I bought my wife any jewelry. If I buy some of my cows jewelry.........ya that could be bad.

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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by Ebenezer » Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:59 pm

Buy bells for your cows and a bell for your wife! :lol:

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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:43 pm

Ebenezer wrote:Buy bells for your cows and a bell for your wife! :lol:

Don't think she would like that...... just saying.
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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by Nesikep » Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:03 pm

We got our bells from family in Switzerland.. you can find them on Ebay though, some aren't badly priced either..

The hard part is getting a good strap! I've been using seat belt, it's strong and soft, but they rub on stuff and after about 2 years it's pretty tattered up
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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by Nesikep » Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:07 pm

Oh, and for the wife, May I suggest some of these?
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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:41 am

Seems that a good grass is doing a wonderful job. Reduced the amount of meal for the heifers, but they seem to be growing well. Have to admit that some have a pretty masculine look, not feminine at all.
The last time we weighed them they were from 1000lbs up to 1150lbs, one 900lbs. It was a month ago. My target is that they would be from 1350 up to 1550lbs before calving. They have been gaining average of 3lbs a day in July. Should weighed them soon to see how they are doing now.
At the moment two are not incalf for sure. One will be inheat in a couple days and haven't seen one inheat at all, yet. Will put two weaned bull calves with heifers as the testers. Will be able to preg check some already, so fingers crossed.
Image Will preg check this one soon. AI'ed with Blonde.
Image Two in the front AI'ed with Blonde bull too.
Image The one on the left AI'ed with Piedmontese.
Image The roan was AI'ed with Red Angus.
Image The one, which I haven't seen in heat. Vet checked her and she is cycling normally, just seems to be a very silent heat.
Image Piedmontese for this one to add abit of muscle.
Image AI'ed with Blonde.
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The black was AI'ed with the Red Angus. The same bull as the roan one.

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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by slick4591 » Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:12 am

Nesikep wrote:Oh, and for the wife, May I suggest some of these?
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I actually bought my wife a pair. She didn't think as much of them as I did and has flatly refused to wear them.
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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by farmerjan » Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:36 am

Beautiful pasture and the heifers look like they are happier than a pig in a mudhole!!!

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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by lithuanian farmer » Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:24 am

Have preg checked one heifer already. Our vet does it by palpating. Can tell heifers at ~2months, cows at ~2.5months.
So, one heifer is comfirmed to be pregnant. She's due on 28th of March with Blonde d'Aquitaine calf. Calving at 26months. Abit more than a week ago she weighed 1190lbs. The smallest heifer is 960lbs, others all are from 1040lbs. Three have been AI'ed this month. Other- last month. So far 6 hasn't repeated since their first AI, so will be able to preg check them soon.
Image The heifer we preg checked. Should grow into a big cow. Her dam is around 1500lbs, so I believe the daughter will be at least 1550-1600lbs.
The next heifer calving by the AI date should be due on the 3rd of April, then two on the 16th, one on the 18th, one on the 24th. Other three hopefully stuck and will calve in May. Have finally saw the last heifer in heat. No activity, but noticed abit of discharge. Vet AI'ed her then. Said the womb was open, so fingers crossed. She's one shy girl...

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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:16 pm

Good job. Look good.
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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:10 am

Preg checked four girls yesterday. All stuck on their first AI, all natural heat.
Image Incalf with Blonde d'Aquitaine, due on the 18th of April.
Image Incalf with Red Angus, due on the 3rd of April, but probably will calve at the end of March.
Image Incalf with Blonde, due on the 16th of April. Should be quite impressive calf. Her dam will have BB calf in January.
Image Incalf with Blonde. due on the 16th of April. She is a twin, but grew really nicely.
I count due date of 285days gestation
At the moment keep three weaned bull calves with heifers. One heifer was AI'ed on the 13th of July and was silent until this week. This week bull calves were very interested in her, so either it was a false heat or she had an early abortion. Would like that it was the first option. Two other heifers seem to be silent, so will be able to preg check them after ~3 weeks. And the last one been AI'ed for the second time yesterday. She's 17 months old, so not too old, but don't like her calving in late summer. Fingers crossed that she held this time.

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