New calving season

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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:19 am

And there was a fight...
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A calf from last year. BBx heifer 4.5months old. She sure is ready for the winter!
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Re: New calving season

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:11 pm

Yes, you have a colorful group. They really look good.
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Re: New calving season

Post by Silver » Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:35 pm

I'm a big fan of the Blonde breed. I'd still be using them if the market was there for them here.

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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:50 am

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I'm a big fan of the Blonde breed. I'd still be using them if the market was there for them here.
We had a blondex heifer years ago. But back then I had no knowledge about the breeds, so we've used blonde on one cow, which was the easiest calving, and she wasn't a good cross at all. Now it should work out better.
Now have four heifers incalf with Blonde calves from another heifer safe bull, due from the end of March. Have a couple straws left from both bulls, so will use those later. Have seen many examples of very good blonde cattle, so I like them a lot too.

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Re: New calving season

Post by holm25 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:39 pm

Love that orange and white calf. Gonna be a thick sob.

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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:22 am

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Love that orange and white calf. Gonna be a thick sob.
Thanks. He's growing like mad. Will need to make sure to weigh all calves at the weaning, but he should be one of the heaviest ever weaned. Dam always wean heavy calves no matter the sire and they continue to grow later. She better has a heifer next year!

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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:09 am

3 days old heifer by our previous Limousine bull and out of limox 2nd calver. Born at 285days, around 90-95lbs.
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A lot of times, when I come back home, I find something wrong. Today have found this fella... Managed to get him out and no injuries, except for the stress. His head was the hardest thing to free, it just wasn't fitting...
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Re: New calving season

Post by Silver » Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:53 pm

Good looking calf (first pic), the second pics goes to show there is no end of trouble they can get themselves into! :nod: Good catch.

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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:21 pm

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Good looking calf (first pic), the second pics goes to show there is no end of trouble they can get themselves into! :nod: Good catch.
Yeah, just glad that have found him in time... Otherwise, would have had some meat for the dogs. His herd mates definitely have helped him to get in this situation. Unfortunately, there are plenty of times when you are just too late.

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Re: New calving season

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:54 pm

You were definitely lucky on your timing!!
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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:54 pm

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You were definitely lucky on your timing!!
Yes, have thought the same. They sure are very inventive, when it comes to dying... From my practice, most ruminants are like that...
He was just shaking from the stress, but calmed down quickly and got back to eating later. Except for a bruised ear, no harm done, thankfully. It would have been a completely different situation if have found him a couple hours later...

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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:59 am

Finally, another calf from AI. A bull calf born at 286th day sired by INRA95 bull. Calf should be over 110lbs, cow is one of the smallest in the herd, because that she had her first calf at 15months age, so now she shouldn't be bigger than 1300lbs. Good job to calve on her own.
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Should have only one more calf from this bull in June.

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Re: New calving season

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:08 pm

Bull is as long as a freight train!
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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:33 am

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:
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Bull is as long as a freight train!
He sure is! Hopefully he'll add some length to the calf.

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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:47 am

The newest calf looks really great. 109lbs at two days age and super shape.
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Blondex heifer shaping up well.
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