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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:17 am

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:57 am
Sorry you didn't get a heifer out of cripple cow.
Calves look awesome.
We've three daughters as cows (one due with the 5th calf, one with the 2nd and one will be bred for the 2nd soon) and there is one last year born heifer. Will keep that yearling too, even if her sire has reduced the quality.
Was hoping for the heifer, but happy that at least have an alive calf and both are doing okay now.
One her daughter had 4 heifers in 3 years...

Image She has plenty of milk too. Gave her abit of meal for the whole winter to keep her body condition better. Those animals which loose their mobility loose condition quickly.
Her daughter, which has an injury in her leg too (injured as an yearling), and daughter's heifer calf kept the company for the past couple months.



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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sun Apr 21, 2019 3:48 am

Yesterday born limx heifer, 287days gestation, 98lbs- darker one. And the creamy one is two weeks old... Mom is the 3rd calver, done well with the first two calves, but barely has any milk this year. The calf wasn't gaining at all and eyes started sunking in. She finally got enough of milk from the new mom yesterday and already feeling much better today. Has went straight to the udder when we let her in the new mom's pen. Cow doesn't want a new calf so far, but maybe with time she'll get used to it. She herself had a step brother. Her mom never really licked that one, but let him nurse.
If not, then always can put the calf with a lame cow. She can't move well, so won't be able to fight much.

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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:10 am

Have this boy born today. 294 days gestation. He might be the biggest calf this year. Will weigh him abit later. Cow should be 1800lbs+.
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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:19 am

131lbs. Yeah, he's the biggest this year and I don't think there will be any bigger one. His dam always has bigger calves and she holds a record of the biggest calf on the farm- 160lbs. Calved with this one very quickly.
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I think about charolais for her next calf. :hide: She's a very easy calver. Think she'd start having trouble calving if calf was around 200lbs.

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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:28 am

Some big calves this year. Three bull calves born last night. Have weighed two. One is from heifer- 100.3lbs, another is 125.6lbs. The third one is the smallest one- around 90lbs, judging by the look. All calved very easily and all are sired by the same sire. But the big calf is a stubborn one and can't find where the milk is... Have to help him even if mom isn't happy about that.
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Re: New calving season

Post by Redgully » Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:01 pm

Wow that is a big calf. Since i have started weighing mine the biggest i have had is 120 pounds which i thought was huge. I hover around the 90-100 pound mark. But i remember years ago we had a massive calf, never weighed him but i am sure he would have come in around 130 pounds. Interesting thing is the big ones have all come out unassisted. I haven't had to pull many but the ones i have were on the smaller side and all in recent years.

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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:05 am

Redgully wrote:
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Wow that is a big calf. Since i have started weighing mine the biggest i have had is 120 pounds which i thought was huge. I hover around the 90-100 pound mark. But i remember years ago we had a massive calf, never weighed him but i am sure he would have come in around 130 pounds. Interesting thing is the big ones have all come out unassisted. I haven't had to pull many but the ones i have were on the smaller side and all in recent years.
Rarely you can tell a real calves weight without weighing. Have been weighing calves for quite a while already, but still sometimes can't guess the weight right.
You probably will have more trouble with 100lbs short, barrel-like calf, than 120lbs long, slim calf. We had to assist 121lb calf from a heifer, as he had some wide shoulders, 124lbs char bull from a cow and 95lbs heifer from a cow. The last one normally would have calved well, but the cow probably hasn't opened well and wasn't progressing in calving for a while. She doesn't have milk now, so I guess she has a lack of some minerals or hormonal imbalance.
At the moment bw average is around 111lbs.

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Re: New calving season

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:06 am

On you cow lacking milk production - if you think it is lacking hormones, you might give her a shot of Oxytocin. Not sure what it would be called from your vet??
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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sat Apr 27, 2019 4:19 pm

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:
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On you cow lacking milk production - if you think it is lacking hormones, you might give her a shot of Oxytocin. Not sure what it would be called from your vet??
Yeah, have it. That was my thought, because that she had quite a few false heats in autumn. Or at least bull calves were following her often.
She isn't very sad that we took her calf away. And she is almost dry already. Two quarters are soft and two are abit harder. Only three days that the calf hasn't nursed... Put the calf with the lame cow today. Will increase the amount of meal for her and she should soon be out on grass. She'll need to work harder on her last year!

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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Wed May 01, 2019 4:05 am

It's bulls year for us here. 1/2 ratio of heifers and bulls so far. Herd bull's calves are hitting the ground now and from 10 his calves only 2 are heifers. We don't plan to keep many heifers, so it's better to have more bull calves.
Some of the recent calves:
Image Bull calf out of 2nd calver.
Image The mom of this one is quite bad tempered. She would be gone a long time ago, but even if she's quite bad tempered (not super bad, but better not touch her head, rear is fine though) you can always tag her calf, she has her calf every year unassisted, the calf nurses by himself, calves are actually well behaved and often pretty friendly and they grow really well. The cow is almost 8years old. She should stay for some more time. All her calves were bulls so far.
Image Heifer from another 8years old cow. Have a very nice red yearling heifer from the same breeding, which will be kept as replacement. If this one will be the same as the sister, she'll be a very nice one.
None of these were weighed, but should be in 90-115lbs range. Gestations are much longer of the herd bull's calves, often at 288-295days, so it takes quite a long time to have a new calf. Now have one at 289th day and she still waits... Others are close too.
Have already started AI for earlier calved cows. Have one being quiet after the first try with Parthenaise, one got charolais and one belgian blue. Have missed some heats from other cows to move them to abit later calving. Were ready to AI one, but she has injured herself during the heat and she started not holding her weight on her one rear leg and dragging it, so decided to wait and see if she'll be back to normal. She was good as new by the next evening.
Overall, a nice calving season. Haven't lost any newborns, only one fall born calf at 2.5months age. Had to assist a couple, but nothing too hard. Pretty high birth weights this year too, average at ~110lbs. Biggest calves sired by the herd bull, but very close were a couple calves from AI.

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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Fri May 10, 2019 3:17 pm

Finally moved one herd out on grass. Everybody is happy and enjoying some fresh tasty grass. Hopefully will be able to move others on grass soon.
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Image We sometimes get small calves too! This one is heifer born yesterday. She's extremely tiny and skinny for our usual calves. Guessing she's around 60-65lbs, born at 292nd day.
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Image This one has spent good five minutes like that. A good way to relax.
Image The ordinary thing for this one. Loves her neck scratch while her head is resting on my shoulder.

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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Fri May 24, 2019 9:35 am

Mostly AI calves. Pretty nice group, better than from the previous herd bull and sure a colourful one!
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Image This one is from limxdairy cow, so don't expect very much of shape from him.

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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Fri May 24, 2019 9:38 am

Blondex calves:
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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Fri May 24, 2019 9:41 am

A couple calves from the herd bull.
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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:43 pm

Not posting many of the herdbull's calves, but needs to show this one. Just a newborn heifer from 10yo 3/4lim, 1/4dairy cow. I consider cow to be in a perfect condition to calve and rear her calf. She never missed a year, had mostly heifers- only two bulls and have four her daughters in the herd (plus two granddaughters). Hopefully she'll fit into AI time and we'll be able to get an AI calf from her.
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And can say that's the first summer calf.

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