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Happy New Year to you. Congrats on all the up and going healthy calves.

We are having mud and more mud.... rain, just crummy wet weather. Have a couple of late "fall calvers" to go.... they will get held back and put into the spring calving group next year. They have been late every year so not really behind.... going right at 12 months.... but want to get the fall calvers done earlier so will hold them and put them out with the cows that calve in the spring. Since we are holding our spring calves and weaning and feeding, would like to get the cows calving window tightened up and then we will be able to not deal with calves in this weather. Get done calving by Dec 1st so the calves have a few weeks on them before we get into much cold; since it seems like we are getting more of this wet and stuff late into the month of Dec anymore. A 2-3 week old calf that is up and nursing good and active is alot better able to deal with this wet than a 2 day old.
 
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Most people taking birthweights hope to weigh before first drink of milk as a full belly can easily add 10 lbs. Have weighed enough over the years that I just visually guess any more. Some get weighed just to keep me honest. The only time we really refer to bw is to cull the extremely heavy heifers out of the herd. We prefer moderate cattle for less intervention. Glad you are off to a good start.
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 and the calf. Weighing most of the calves born in winter, some in spring. Most of the time can tell the weight more or less, but some can be quite tricky.
Our average weight is around 110lbs for some quite time already. It probably went up for abit if compared with our farming start, but we had high % of dairy in the herd at the beginning. Nothing too extreme this season so far.
 
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Happy New Year to you. Congrats on all the up and going healthy calves.

We are having mud and more mud.... rain, just crummy wet weather. Have a couple of late "fall calvers" to go.... they will get held back and put into the spring calving group next year. They have been late every year so not really behind.... going right at 12 months.... but want to get the fall calvers done earlier so will hold them and put them out with the cows that calve in the spring. Since we are holding our spring calves and weaning and feeding, would like to get the cows calving window tightened up and then we will be able to not deal with calves in this weather. Get done calving by Dec 1st so the calves have a few weeks on them before we get into much cold; since it seems like we are getting more of this wet and stuff late into the month of Dec anymore. A 2-3 week old calf that is up and nursing good and active is alot better able to deal with this wet than a 2 day old.
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 the time. They come out just to nurse or to play. Especially, when it is wet and muddy.
Finally, got abit more snow these days and should get abit more cold. Less mud and much happier cattle and owners.
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Put a fresh bedding for all for this night. It should be the coldest night this winter so far.
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Most people taking birthweights hope to weigh before first drink of milk as a full belly can easily add 10 lbs. Have weighed enough over the years that I just visually guess any more. Some get weighed just to keep me honest. The only time we really refer to bw is to cull the extremely heavy heifers out of the herd. We prefer moderate cattle for less intervention. Glad you are off to a good start.
This is something i have often wondered. Funny, ive never tried weighing before and then after first drink. I did read somewhere there was very little change in weight in first 24 hours. I feel i have a trial in front of me.....
 
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Some update. Had three calves born since the last post. Two charolaisx and one limousinex. One was charx heifer, born at 280th day, hardly 88lbs. Very small girl, but lively and strong. Pic taken in the morning when we found her.
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Another calf was charx bull calf, born at 289th day, 110lbs. Born two days ago.
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And the third was born this morning, limx heifer, born at 283rd day, 99lbs. Very excited about her, really nice shape and lots of potential. Her mom has calved on the 8th of March last year and stuck on the first try with AI.
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Going slow with the calving, but with such weather as it is now, it's better this way. Calves get a good week to get strong in the shed before turning them out with the herd.
 

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