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Re: New calving season

Post by holm25 » Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:16 am

That Char calf is a fricken tank.



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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:59 am

holm25 wrote:That Char calf is a fricken tank.

Yeah, and she seems to be getting wider and bigger every day. Can't await to see her at the weaning.

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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:18 pm

Have the first bull calf born this year. I'd say he should be one of the biggest calf we had in the past couple years. Will weigh him tomorrow, but I wouldn't be surprised if he was around 120lbs... Very nice shape on him... and colour too. I was so sure that this calf will be white. Well, I was quite off. Pics tomorrow too, but he is two-coloured... :shock:

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Re: New calving season

Post by holm25 » Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:43 pm

lithuanian farmer wrote:Have the first bull calf born this year. I'd say he should be one of the biggest calf we had in the past couple years. Will weigh him tomorrow, but I wouldn't be surprised if he was around 120lbs... Very nice shape on him... and colour too. I was so sure that this calf will be white. Well, I was quite off. Pics tomorrow too, but he is two-coloured... :shock:

Will be interesting to see him.

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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:52 am

So here is the new boy. Only 110lbs, but he looks bigger than the last heifer. I guess heifer has abit more meat on her.
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Re: New calving season

Post by holm25 » Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:59 am

That is a sharp looking calf. We have a charX cow that looks pretty similar.

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Re: New calving season

Post by Silver » Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:04 am

That is a good looking calf for sure.

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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:46 am

Going to use the same bull for the cow again for the next calf. Hoping for a heifer with a similar colour...
The cow is Charxdairy, plenty of milk and calves are growing very well. The new one should start filling up in no time. The sire has excellent growth and milk figures, so it will be very interesting to see his calves grow.
Two more cows are very close. One in calf with Char at 283days today and another incalf with BB at 275days. Should calve within a couple days.

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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sat Jan 26, 2019 8:10 am

The new calf has arrived today. Another Charx bull calf. 288days gestation. Going to take better pics and weigh him abit later, but he should be at least 110lbs too.
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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:02 am

Have weighed the "little" one. 123.9lbs.
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Re: New calving season

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:16 am

That's a big un!
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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:25 am

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:
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That's a big un!
One of the biggest we'd in a while. The cold weather seems to be increasing bw. Luckily no more Charx calves until March.

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Re: New calving season

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:42 am

Cold weather definitely affects BW
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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sat Jan 26, 2019 11:50 am

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:
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Cold weather definitely affects BW
Yes. It's been quite cold for a month or so now.
Also the bull we used is still young and his calving figures has a low reliability. Have seen his calving easy% going up abit, so now he is abit harder calved than average. I wonder how people are using him on heifers...

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Re: New calving season

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:33 pm

That is a good example of why you don't want to totally trust EPD's on virgin bulls.
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