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I purchased a bred Holstein/Jersey heifer yesterday, she's to be delivered tomorrow or the next day (dependant on weather).

She's not a real big heifer, she's shorter than my 830 lb Jersey cow, she's supposed to be just under 2 years and she's bred to a Jersey bull. Seller didn't give a "due date" but she is starting to "spring" and he thought she'd calve within 8 weeks.

What is the likelihood that a first-calf heifer will have problems calving? Would it be best as she gets close to have her out in a lot with a shed, or should she come into a stall in the barn? We're in SE Nebraska, where it's normally bitterly cold right now, but this year is weird -- it was 66' day before yesterday!

Ann



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ANY heifer can have trouble, but, Jersey is the #1 calving ease breed. (Hate to say that because, I ALWAYS say there is more difference within a breed than between breeds). So, it depends on the bull used. Where to calve: Someplace CLEAN. I really wouldn't put her in a pen until she goes into labor. She needs to exercise prior to calving. And she needs to be someplace you can restrain her to help her if necessary. Jeanne
> I purchased a bred Holstein/Jersey
> heifer yesterday, she's to be
> delivered tomorrow or the next day
> (dependant on weather).

> She's not a real big heifer, she's
> shorter than my 830 lb Jersey cow,
> she's supposed to be just under 2
> years and she's bred to a Jersey
> bull. Seller didn't give a
> "due date" but she is
> starting to "spring" and
> he thought she'd calve within 8
> weeks.

> What is the likelihood that a
> first-calf heifer will have
> problems calving? Would it be best
> as she gets close to have her out
> in a lot with a shed, or should
> she come into a stall in the barn?
> We're in SE Nebraska, where it's
> normally bitterly cold right now,
> but this year is weird -- it was
> 66' day before yesterday!

> Ann

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I see a lot of HolsteinXJersey heifers in this area, they are normally nearly as large as Holstein heifers. I would keep a real close eye on her for calving difficulties. Other then that, What Jeanne said.

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> I purchased a bred Holstein/Jersey
> heifer yesterday, she's to be
> delivered tomorrow or the next day
> (dependant on weather).

> She's not a real big heifer, she's
> shorter than my 830 lb Jersey cow,
> she's supposed to be just under 2
> years and she's bred to a Jersey
> bull. Seller didn't give a
> "due date" but she is
> starting to "spring" and
> he thought she'd calve within 8
> weeks.

> What is the likelihood that a
> first-calf heifer will have
> problems calving? Would it be best
> as she gets close to have her out
> in a lot with a shed, or should
> she come into a stall in the barn?
> We're in SE Nebraska, where it's
> normally bitterly cold right now,
> but this year is weird -- it was
> 66' day before yesterday!

> Ann
 

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