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  1. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Weaning naturally

    Mine don't winter with mature cows, but graze all summer with them as 1 herd. Bred 2 and 3 year Olds are wintered separate.
  2. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Weaning naturally

    My replacement heifers don't go back with cows until they have been bred.
  3. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Bulls and other stuff

    Having two 60-day calving seasons is nice. That is what I do - Jan/Feb and Sept/Oct. Makes health program a lot easier also.
  4. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Dang cow

    Manure on butt in the pictures looks like normal colostrum/milk manure. Keep up posted.
  5. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    So tiny! Why?

    Murray - both calves look equally good, to me.
  6. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Weak calf questions?

    Here we go with the underbite story. Really?? this is a 2 1/2 year old thread. You are desperate to push your agenda. I'm sorry - that is not nice of me.
  7. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    New baldie

    Congrats!!! Love the markings. I absolutely love the mixed up markings. Can't keep them around though. Always first ones people want to buy. Everything is priced. If they want it, I sell it. I always say, "if you have a buyer, sell - the animal could die tomorrow." Especially true if you...
  8. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Calving season thus far

    @gizmom dang - you were about 40 minutes North of me! Next time - give me a shout and come visit - or we could meet somewhere.
  9. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    New one....

    Congratulations!!!
  10. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Calving season thus far

    I have never had a tiny calf. Wouldn't want one, but I bet it is really cute! Where in NY????
  11. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Gestation Length too short?

    @coachg you just don't have the right kind of cows. If you keep breeding for small calves, you have small cows with no pelvic measurement. JMHO I have bred Simmentals for a long time. Yes, we had giant calves back in the 70's, but I never had a paralyzed cow. We did use to have to assist...
  12. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Gestation Length too short?

    We sure are on the same page. Mine happen to be purebred Simmental, but all the breeds have about the same choices in sizes! I like a 5-6 frame score and my cows average 1550# short & stout. Yes, that is a big cow, but they FIT my environment. NY grows grass!!! And, my steers are looked at...
  13. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Gestation Length too short?

    @simme normal Simmental gestation is 285 days. Yes, I think all breeds - bulls longer than heifers - 2 yr olds generally also calve a little early. Too many (in all breeds) are chasing CE. I don't. Yes, I want every cow to spit out her calf, but I strongly believe in growing out my heifers...
  14. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Fall calving

    Just had a buyer come and drove off with the 2 bulls I had not sold. Unusual buyer for out here. Runs 200 head of cows and lots of bulls - South of here over the line into PA. Last 2 to sell and first off the farm.
  15. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Heifer bred to young

    She is old enough. Just keep her growing but don't get her FAT.
  16. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Fall calving

    @moses388 yes to both questions. NY is the 3rd largest dairy state (amazing?? right? Agriculture is the #1 industry in NY). A lot of dairymen are going out of business and switching to beef. Some just commercial, some wanting PB. I do have a dairyman that may come out tomorrow to see the...
  17. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Fall calving

    @Lazy M - I totally agree. Not a fan of twins, but it is quite common with my Simmental. You have a fancy pair there!! Our pair were red and black, but I didn't get the beautiful white faces! My cattle are easy keepers and they all tend to have large calves - especially fall calvers. But...
  18. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Fall calving

    Here's our latest steer calf born yesterday, 110#.
  19. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Twins on old cow

    @Lazy M thanks. yes, NY grows GRASS. Lots of it, right up until it is buried in the snow. That is why I can raise frame 5-6 cows weighing 1600# and they stay in great condition. Small cows would be fat unproductive butterballs.
  20. Jeanne - Simme Valley

    Twins on old cow

    Like TC said, a heifer born twin to a bull is "generally" a freemartin (non-breeder) because they pick up too many male genes in-utero. IF both calves are completely in separate birth sacs, sometimes the female is OK. It is rare - something like 8%. You usually can tell by looking at the...
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