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Re: New calving season

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:16 am
by holm25
That Char calf is a fricken tank.

Re: New calving season

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:59 am
by lithuanian farmer
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.

Re: New calving season

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

Re: New calving season

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:43 pm
by holm25
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.

Re: New calving season

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

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:59 am
by holm25
That is a sharp looking calf. We have a charX cow that looks pretty similar.

Re: New calving season

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:04 am
by Silver
That is a good looking calf for sure.

Re: New calving season

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:46 am
by lithuanian farmer
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.

Re: New calving season

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

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:02 am
by lithuanian farmer
Have weighed the "little" one. 123.9lbs.
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Re: New calving season

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:16 am
by Jeanne - Simme Valley
That's a big un!

Re: New calving season

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:25 am
by lithuanian farmer
Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:
Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:16 am
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.

Re: New calving season

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:42 am
by Jeanne - Simme Valley
Cold weather definitely affects BW

Re: New calving season

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 11:50 am
by lithuanian farmer
Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:
Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:42 am
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...

Re: New calving season

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:33 pm
by Jeanne - Simme Valley
That is a good example of why you don't want to totally trust EPD's on virgin bulls.