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    Getting a little panicky and need some guidance

    Thank you all so much for your continued advice and counsel. We are at a little over a week now, and all of the patience and time we put in has finally paid off. We ran into so many more issues with this calf beyond the first challenges... I took the rest of the week off from work to stay home...
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    Getting a little panicky and need some guidance

    Thank you! The local Beltie guru came and actually said 125 lbs., but I thought that just could not be possible, so I "edited" it down to 100+. He is HUGE! We've got a yearling that is not much bigger than he is. His tongue is now normal-sized, and the swelling in his head/jaw seems to have...
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    Getting a little panicky and need some guidance

    ***UPDATE*** Well, this certainly was "interesting." Baptism by fire for us with our first calving. We decided to keep all three heifers together in the large grassy pasture away from the pond, shed and sloping area. (In the feed store on Sat., we overheard a farmer say "the calf was fine when...
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    Getting a little panicky and need some guidance

    Thank you all. tncattle, as mentioned, we've been breeding horses for 20+ years, so this ain't my first rodeo as far as stock goes. (And YES, we have had dead stock too.) I've got the Storey book somewhere in the mess of our home office. I'll track it down tonight. I guess if I get too...
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    Getting a little panicky and need some guidance

    Thanks! I did some searches and found pics of udders and pelvic ligaments and mucous plugs and the like. Seems there are a lot of similarities in the final stages of horse/cattle pregnancies, but one thing is true of both, and that is that they do it all the time without help! Also that you can...
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    Getting a little panicky and need some guidance

    We bought our first cattle in November - now they are a yearling heifer, two year old heifer and a three year old due to calf sometime within the next 2-3 weeks with her first calf. We have owned and been breeding horses for 20+ years, but this is our first calving. All three are registered...
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    Kicking heifer.

    Thank you very much Chippie! (And everyone else.) I'll bet that "showmanship steer" is quite an attention-getter, lol. All very good information to have. We've had them now for about a week, and all are getting a little more used to us. We feed 2 to 1 sweet feed to pellets every afternoon...
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    Mini donkeys as herd guardians?

    Our dogs are indoor at night, so they are not much of a deterrent. Bez, this lady already certainly has been a problem. We bought this place a couple of years ago trying to get away from it all. We built our house back in the back of the acreage, and then she bought right across from us and...
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    Mini donkeys as herd guardians?

    Thank you all so much. This is really helpful information to have. I just REALLY don’t want to get a dog – even though I am sure that would be a better bet as far as protection goes. We were out every day over the holiday putting up the run-in for the cattle, and the neighbor’s stupid...
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    Mini donkeys as herd guardians?

    Thanks all. I had read the jennys were better and not to use a jack. Red bull, thanks. I was not sure of the terms for mules. I am forever trying to explain the differences between colt, filly and foal, so I get where you are coming from. (Some people even think a pony is just a young horse.)...
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    Mini donkeys as herd guardians?

    Thanks bobby! Do you keep them in with the cattle even during calving season? (I read somewhere this is not a good idea, but it seems to me that would be the BEST time to have them in there to keep predators away.) Are yours jacks or jennys?
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    Kicking heifer.

    Thank you! That is all very good information. Do you tie the calf while you are going over the body, or do you leave them free in the pasture while you do this? I think it is going to be very important for me to remember that fear is more of a motivator with cattle. Young horses usually have a...
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    Mini donkeys as herd guardians?

    As I mentioned on my other thread, we're new cattle owners and will have only a small herd of no more than 6-8 (all cows/calves/young stock - no bulls). Right now, we have a weaned heifer, a yearling heifer and a bred 2 year old. All are Belted Galloways. The neighbor across from us had a...
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    Kicking heifer.

    We are first time cattle owners (have been breeding and showing Quarter Horses for 20+ years), and they delivered our first three Belted Galloway heifers yesterday. One is a weaned heifer, one is a yearling, and one is a bred 2 year old. The two older heifers are show cattle, and they are well...
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    First purchase for small herd - 3 in 1 OR 2 weaned heifers?

    Wow. This is all such helpful input. I truly do welcome cynical and brutally-honest advice and suggestions. I don't want to have too many times where I say to myself, "Gee, I wish someone had told me that!" I like a person to tell it like it is, and I am not at all offended or scared off by...
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