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Haltered calves today

Post by Bright Raven » Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:47 pm

The calves range from 104 to 149 days old. Due to inclement weather, I have not had them in the sweep for a while. I was astounded how much they have grown.


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Re: Haltered calves today

Post by Lazy M » Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:52 pm

Bright Raven wrote:
Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:47 pm
The calves range from 104 to 149 days old. Due to inclement weather, I have not had them in the sweep for a while. I was astounded how much they have grown.


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Which bull is the standout so far?

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Re: Haltered calves today

Post by Bright Raven » Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:53 pm

Lazy M wrote:
Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:52 pm
Bright Raven wrote:
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The calves range from 104 to 149 days old. Due to inclement weather, I have not had them in the sweep for a while. I was astounded how much they have grown.


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Which bull is the standout so far?
The Optimizer. Born 8/31/2018. 149 days old. 88 pounds BW.

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Re: Haltered calves today

Post by bball » Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:54 pm

Nice looking group of calfs BR. How'd that red head get in there :lol2:
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Re: Haltered calves today

Post by Bright Raven » Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:57 pm

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Nice looking group of calfs BR. How'd that red head get in there :lol2:
What's all that green stuff in the background?
That is a good question. He is a Lock N Load 1143Y. I think he will turn black.
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Re: Haltered calves today

Post by Bright Raven » Sun Jan 27, 2019 3:02 pm

Lazy M

Here is that Optimizer with a Cowboy Cut beside him. I like that Cowboy Cut just about as well.
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Re: Haltered calves today

Post by Bright Raven » Sun Jan 27, 2019 3:10 pm

This is Big Bertha. Lives up to the name. She is a Broadway. BW of 112 pounds. Born 9/5/2018. So 143 days old. She would not pose but leads well and is very docile.


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Re: Haltered calves today

Post by Bright Raven » Sun Jan 27, 2019 3:24 pm

Another picture of the Optimizer. He is already sold. Same Producer bought him that bought 2 of my bulls last fall. He saw the calf and said put my name on it. He is sold!
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Re: Haltered calves today

Post by sstterry » Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:33 pm

What bull did the red one come from?

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Re: Haltered calves today

Post by Bright Raven » Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:50 pm

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What bull did the red one come from?
Lock N Load 1143Y. Don't be fooled by the red. They usually shed out black.
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Re: Haltered calves today

Post by Nesikep » Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:06 pm

I never got an early start to haltering mine this year,.. I did have have my heifers out on a halter a couple weeks ago for the first time.. they were a little rough but they did alright, they'll figure it out yet
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Re: Haltered calves today

Post by sim.-ang.king » Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:10 pm

The Optimizer calf looks nice, good length, good feet, good hip shape, and a pretty clean neck. All of the calves look good for the winter we've had.
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Re: Haltered calves today

Post by Bright Raven » Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:11 pm

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I never got an early start to haltering mine this year,.. I did have have my heifers out on a halter a couple weeks ago for the first time.. they were a little rough but they did alright, they'll figure it out yet
I got 2 out of 16 that I just tie up on halter but they are too stubborn to lead. I gave up on those two. The rest are great
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Re: Haltered calves today

Post by Bright Raven » Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:46 am

sim.-ang.king wrote:
Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:10 pm
The Optimizer calf looks nice, good length, good feet, good hip shape, and a pretty clean neck. All of the calves look good for the winter we've had.
Thank you. I appreciate that feedback!

The winter has been awful. I credit my setup for keeping them healthy. You may have seen how I have the winter area set up. The cows spend most of the winter in the feed area where I have two hay rings. The calves can go under a hot wire and enter what I call the "sanctuary". They can get out of the mud, find dry ground and get away from the cows. I keep hay down for the calves to lay on and/or eat. Right now they get 75 pounds of a 12% feed per day for 16 calves ranging from 100 to 150 days old. The feed is the cheap house run at the Mayslick Mill.

I started creeping the calves based on recommendations of the UK Animal Nutritionist who gave a presentation at our field day. His research is centered on the development of a calves rumen. He said if you can promote converting a calf to solids at the earliest possible age, their rumen develops much faster.

Here is that Optimizer in October. He has always looked nice.
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Re: Haltered calves today

Post by Franke » Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:06 am

The Optimizer bull does look good. Glad you got a repeat buyer to take him. In the first picture they seem pretty uniform for a 50 day gap in age.

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