Heifers for breeding

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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by lithuanian farmer » Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:13 am

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Getting to the exciting end. I had a red angus calf a couple of weeks ago out of a red poll heifer and it came in at 40kg or 88pound. Thought it may have been a bit smaller. But he was born very easily.

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Nice looking pair.
We had four red angus calves last fall. All born unassisted, from two different sires, and the biggest one was close to ~90lbs. The heifer, which I wait to calve now, is incalf by another bull, but should be the easiest calving from all three. However, heifer has 114.6lbs birth weight herself, which might bring up her calf's weight. She looks very big now, so I've a thought about twins... But will see.



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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by lithuanian farmer » Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:34 am

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The first heifer has calved from the group. Has a bull calf by red angus, born at 278th day. Mom is almost 26months old. Calf should be ~100-110lbs. A decent calf for the heifer.

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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by lithuanian farmer » Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:36 pm

Another heifer has just calved. Has a blondex bull calf, born at 285th day. Heifer is 26months old. Calf should be over 110lbs. Not a single calf smaller than 90lbs this year yet, even from cows...
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Better pics and real weights tomorrow.

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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by lithuanian farmer » Fri Mar 29, 2019 3:46 am

Yesterday's blonde calf. 121.5lbs.
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Angusx bull calf. 107lbs.
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Both sired by easy calving, heifer safe bulls... There must be something in the water...

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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by lithuanian farmer » Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:16 pm

Very impressed with the blonde calf. He looks so good for only 7 days age. He is worth the assistance he needed at the delivery!
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Other two heifers due in two weeks with blonde calves. Fingers crossed for heifers!
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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by Gators Rule » Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:31 pm

LF, am I understanding that your first calf heifers being fed grain while in their first pregnancy? If yes, might want to keep an eye on them as those might be some big calves they're going to spit out. Those girls certainly have the muscle (and a little mud..LOL
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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by lithuanian farmer » Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:20 pm

Gators Rule wrote:
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LF, am I understanding that your first calf heifers being fed grain while in their first pregnancy? If yes, might want to keep an eye on them as those might be some big calves they're going to spit out. Those girls certainly have the muscle (and a little mud..LOL
Yes, they get a little bit, just to boost their milk production. Maybe 1-1.5lbs a head per day. As we are trying out calving at the younger age, have kept them on meal to keep them growing. The first time we calve heifers that young and the first time we feed them grain until calving too... Better to have them bigger and slightly bigger calves than have them smaller. Not afraid of 100-110lbs calves. Would be better not to go over 120lbs for some girls, but it seems that those "easy calving" bulls we used aren't that extremely easy calved... We can see them from the house window, so it doesn't take much of time to check them. They are almost in the backyard...
Cleaning up from all the mud... Fingers crossed for a quick spring and grass.

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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:35 am

New bull calf born today. 276day gestation, 81.5lbs, born very easily, by the same blonde bull as the previous calf.
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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:06 am

Another blondex bull calf born yesterday. 281 days gestation, 112.4lbs. Mom is 26months old.
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Another one should calve soon too. She has been AI'ed two days later than this one. Looks big around her mid section, so probably another big bull calf.
The ratio for all AI calves is 1/2- heifers/bulls now.

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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by Redgully » Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:14 am

Getting some nice calves with good weights.

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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:43 am

Redgully wrote:
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Getting some nice calves with good weights.
And all bulls from heifers! Average birth weight this season is 109.8lbs. Gone up abit this year, but gestation is shorter by 3 days than last year.

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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by lithuanian farmer » Fri Apr 19, 2019 3:12 am

Finally have a heifer born from heifers. Blondex born at 285 days yesterday, 94.8lbs, calved very easily. Mom just turned 26months old yesterday too.
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Other calves from heifers:
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All are good moms, so very happy about that. Next heifer is due after 4weeks with piedmontese calf.

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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:59 am

Are you glad you started breeding your heifers earlier?
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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by lithuanian farmer » Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:59 am

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:
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Are you glad you started breeding your heifers earlier?
Yes, and that they are calving in spring. And have a good size too.
Younger heifers will be bred for the next year spring calving too. Some will be similar age, some are already 1.5years old now. Last year born heifers which will have a good size at the breeding time will be AI'ed. Those which are summer born and are smaller than I'd like to breed them, will be moved to the next year breeding.

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Re: Heifers for breeding

Post by Stocker Steve » Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:23 am

Back when we retained high percentage continental heifers - - we still calved them at 2 years but we had a slightly lower bred up and a slightly lower breed back. They grew more for a longer period than the British kind, and I think that effected fertility.
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