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  1. lithuanian farmer

    New season...again

    We keep our newborns for a week or so in the pen in the shed, so they are strong and running when we let them out. They also have a separate pen, where they can be away from their moms. There is a bale of hay and fresh bedding available just for calves, so they spend their time there almost all...
  2. lithuanian farmer

    New season...again

    We weigh at the first or the second day. The scale we use has to be brought everytime to the newborn and needs a specific place to weigh a calf. It would be perfect to weigh them just right after birth, but often it's not the best time of the day or just want to give some alone time for the mom...
  3. lithuanian farmer

    New season...again

    Two oldest bull calves, at around three weeks age. Why heifers can't be tame like that... Another bull calf at 2,5 weeks age. Sure is shaping up nicely. The last calf has been weighed 108lbs.
  4. lithuanian farmer

    New season...again

    Finally, the last calf for this month and year. Abit overdue, 291st day. Limousine bull calf from limxherefordxdairy 3rd calver. Tall, quite big calf, but slim and not much meat, so calved easily. Won't be very heavy. Plan to weigh him tomorrow. Now abit of a break until the next calves due...
  5. lithuanian farmer

    New heifer!

    Congrats! Really lovely heifer!
  6. lithuanian farmer

    Stupid heifer prolapsed

    They are outside all year round. Grazing in natural grass since may/june until november. Then on almost just hay, rarely some haylage until the new grazing season. Those, which had more time between calvings or have lost their calves and stayed dry until the new calf, sometimes get abit fatter...
  7. lithuanian farmer

    Cows to bull ratio

    When you have a spread out calving season, one bull is enough for 30-40 cows for sure. Had run one our for four seasons starting from 20+ and going up to 30+ cows per year. No problem, all bred in time for them all to calve at the similar time they calved the year before or abit earlier...
  8. lithuanian farmer

    Stupid heifer prolapsed

    Have seen prolapsed uterus almost once a year here. Almost all the time it's when the cow has a hard calving. Maybe just one time cow has prolapsed while calving an average size calf and she somehow managed to rupture her bladder while calving, so placing uterus back only kept her alive for...
  9. lithuanian farmer

    All AI for small herd?

    Have used 100% AI in the past, then moved to 100% herd bull and now are at ~50%AI for cows and 100%AI heifers. All natural heats, there will be 56 females calving this season in total. Have used TAI two years ago on a couple animals. Really great thing for those cows, which have silent heats or...
  10. lithuanian farmer

    New season...again

    Have weighed the last two calves. Heifer- 112.4lbs, bull calf- 116.8lbs. Both strong calves, nursing well from the start and born easily. Only one cow left to calve this month, due on the 25th, incalf with limousine calf. Have checked her udder today, still pretty loose, but as a cow, she can...
  11. lithuanian farmer

    New season...again

    For the past couple years, we don't know anymore what weather will be like. One year it's a pretty nice winter with continious cold until spring and no mud. Another year, there is mud everythere until April or even May... Last year hardly had snow at all. Just less than one week of snow during...
  12. lithuanian farmer

    New season...again

    Another new calf today! Limousine sired, from limxbbxdairy 3rd calver. 286days gestation. Quite a big boy. Mom last year has lost her second calf- probably pulled something inside the calf while pulling, as he survived only a couple hours. Was a massive 138lbs calf... Luckily everything is okay...
  13. lithuanian farmer

    New season...again

    Yeah, it was pretty nice when it was colder, now would love that there were no newborns... The weather forecast shows some cold soon, so fingers crossed!
  14. lithuanian farmer

    New season...again

    Better photos and cleaner calf 😅 And some pics of other calves in the daylight.
  15. lithuanian farmer

    New season...again

    The first heifer! And the one we hoped for. Kept the last straw of one charolais bull specifically for this one cow and she took it and it's a heifer! Dam soon will be 13 years old and is the oldest cow in the herd at the moment. She's 3/4 charolais, so her little girl is 7/8char. Very strong...
  16. lithuanian farmer

    Blood

    There was no blood an hour later. Checked her vaginally- one finger fits into the cervix and only a couple pale blood clots on the glove. Checked rectally- calf is alive and head with feet are close to the cervix. My thought was that maybe a small vessel has ruptured in the vaginal wall, because...
  17. lithuanian farmer

    Blood

    Wanted to ask if anybody had an experience with bloody discharge before calving. Have a cow, which is due after two days. Her pelvic ligaments are still pretty hard and udder isn't full yet. Today saw that she has some bright red bloody vaginal discharge. She hasn't calved for sure- still round...
  18. lithuanian farmer

    New season...again

    Have weighed both new calves. The red one- 96lbs, bluex- 110lbs
  19. lithuanian farmer

    New season...again

    Today's newborn. Another bull calf, BBx, 282 days gestation. Another good 110lbs calf. Plan about weighing this one today or tomorrow.
  20. lithuanian farmer

    New season...again

    Yesterday's calf. Another cow is calving at the moment. Fingers crossed that everything will go well.
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