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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:09 am

Have three calves due in less than ten days. Two cows are due on the 12th of August.Both first calvers, one is waiting for a charolais calf,another will have simmental calf.The third cow's due date is 22nd, but she's incalf with belgian blue, so should be calving at least a week earlier than her due date.
Here are some pics I took yesterday and today. It's very nice to have a walk in the herd and look how cows and calves are doing.
Image This tank is due with Simmental. She doesn't seem to be preparing much yet, so she should go over term abit.
Image This one will have BB calf. Fingers crossed for another roan calf.
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Some of the calves:
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Image The only Charolaisx heifer yet.
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Image INRA95 bull calf in the front.
Image My fav heifer from the herd bull this year.
Image Almost 4 months old Charx bull calf. Dam is standing behind him. Some growth there!
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Image What a view!
Image An adopted heifer. She has changed alot!
Image Just barely over a month old Charx bull calf. Maybe I'll use the same bull for his dam again this year.
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I guess it'll be enough for this time...



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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:51 am

Finally, another Charolaisx heifer born today! I was hoping for a heifer of this colour from this cow, so it looks that my wish came true. That's the second calf for the cow, calved unassisted, nursing well, born at 283rd day, would say ~85lbs, so quite a small calf for us.
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Now can wait for the next calf. :) It should be simmental, as the cow seems the closest to the calving.

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Re: New calving season

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:44 am

Yeah! always nice to get a heifer!
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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:33 am

Two cows have calved yesterday. Have two more nice heifers born! One is Simmentalx, born at 292nd day, one is bbx born at 282nd day. Both strong and lively, and both are very good replacement candidates.
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Re: New calving season

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:46 am

awwwwe Love the BB coloring
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Re: New calving season

Post by Bright Raven » Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:59 am

lithuanian farmer wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:33 am
Two cows have calved yesterday. Have two more nice heifers born! One is Simmentalx, born at 292nd day, one is bbx born at 282nd day. Both strong and lively, and both are very good replacement candidates.
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Thanks for sharing your pictures. They are magnificent. Do you use a camera or a cell phone?
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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:25 am

Bright Raven wrote:
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Thanks for sharing your pictures. They are magnificent. Do you use a camera or a cell phone?
Thank you. I use camera most of the time, Fujifilm finepix s2100. Had it for quite a long time already, not the perfect quality, but good enough.

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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:31 am

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:
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awwwwe Love the BB coloring
Me too!

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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:44 am

Just found a newborn this morning. To be fair have forgotten that this cow was due now and thought that she'll calve in September or so.
Well, here is 7/8 Charolais bull calf, born at 287th day, sired by a completely different Char bull than most Char calves we have.
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Charx and Simmx heifers enjoying a nice morning.
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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:23 pm

Had a calf born a couple days ago from a heifer.
This beauty :D
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And here's a new mom.
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Recent pics of some of the calves:
Image Simmentalx, 3weeks old.
Image Charx and simmx heifers.
Image BB heifer is growing really well. 3weeks old.
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Video with three soon to be weaned heifers. Definitely going to try to keep them as replacements. One is piedmontese cross, one belgian blue and one blonde d'aquitaine cross.

Waiting for one to calve in a week time or so. She's on 281st day already. Looks really big around her mid section. Going to be her second calf.
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Re: New calving season

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:54 pm

You have some great calves - and super great COLORS!!! Love em.
Will you be field feeding your bales, or just haven't picked them up yet?
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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Sun Sep 08, 2019 3:15 pm

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:
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You have some great calves - and super great COLORS!!! Love em.
Will you be field feeding your bales, or just haven't picked them up yet?
Thank you. Yeah, we sure have some more colors this year, but it's more exciting to not know what kind of calf you'll have.
Bales are for winter, just haven't brought them home yet.

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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:36 am

One of the most difficult moment in cattle farming... The blue roan cow has calved on Monday at 289th day. Needed assistance, big bull calf, alive at first, but barely survived a couple hours. The second calf for the cow, so it was too big for her... 137.8lbs calf...
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Well, it happens and thankfully cow is alive and doing well.

On a better note, here's one calf, which impresses me at the moment. He's 75days old in photo.
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Re: New calving season

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:06 pm

Ouch - sorry to hear that.
But, yes, that is a nice growthy calf.
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Re: New calving season

Post by lithuanian farmer » Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:11 am

Been very inactive for a while. A lot of stuff happening and been very busy.
Have lost another calf during calving. Charolaisx bull calf from limx second calver, 132.3lbs. Cow calved herself, but calf was dead, cow had uterine prolapse and was numb on one back leg. It's been two weeks since then and she's doing pretty well. Not completely recovered from the numb nerve yet, but walks by herself well.

However, have one Simmenalx bull calf born two days ago from angusx second calver. Born at 293rd day and is a very lively calf. Plus lovely color :D
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Have two more left to calve this year and we'll have some rest until February. One is heifer, on 288th day and one cow is due on 31st of this month.
Weaning is on it's way already, so there soon will be lots of noise again. AI calves are showing good quality, so it's going to be a pretty good group of weanlings. Maybe will post some photos of weanlings sometime soon.
Here's one AI calf from a heifer. Very good calf for a 1st calver. Will be interesting to see how his dam performs later.
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