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How long you'd think until this heifer calves?
Some photos of her. She's Limox out of 1st calf cow, which has Angus, Charolais and a little bit of Limousine in her.
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Photo of her dam just calved with her.
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Just wondering what would you think how long it might be until she calves.
The whole situation is that she is one from the group of heifers we let with the bull in mid November and they shouldn't be due until the end of August. Other heifers shows some udder. However this one looks much closer to calving than others and could easily calve before August. Her udder is already pretty decent and the sides of her tail started sinking, just like before calving.
There was no bull around them last year and never had a calf so early.
 

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Sorry to see.. Looks like she was more developed than the calf was by far... From the first pictures I would have thought 1-3 weeks or so, but the calf looks more like 2 months early
 
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Guess that probably some cow have hurt her and calf has died inside, so she has aborted. She's almost 26months old. Not culling her, just hoping that she'll be okay next year.
Don't know the exact date when she was due, but the first heifer from her group is due on 26th of August.
 
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That's probably only the 2nd abortion we had during all years with cattle. One cow has aborted several years ago at ~5months pregnancy. Bred back quickly and had healthy calf next year. Not related to the heifer at all. Have a couple her daughters and those all have full term healthy calves.
This year are full of many problems, so most likely bad luck. Hopefully next year will be better.
 

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lithuanian farmer":2sxqhmnf said:
That's probably only the 2nd abortion we had during all years with cattle. One cow has aborted several years ago at ~5months pregnancy. Bred back quickly and had healthy calf next year. Not related to the heifer at all. Have a couple her daughters and those all have full term healthy calves.
This year are full of many problems, so most likely bad luck. Hopefully next year will be better.
Some years are just like that. Several years ago, we felt like something happened to almost every calf or its mom. The next year, did not lose a single calf and all weaned off higher than normal. Hope that it goes better for you next year.
 

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Did you get the vet to examine her after she slipped the calf? Never hurts to play it safe if you are retaining her and have her examined just to make sure she fully cleaned and check to make sure the reproductive organs seem normal. We had a 10 year old cow this year we suspected had slipped a calf about 2 or 3 months before she was due as she had some discharge and was acting strange so we had the vet out that confirmed our suspicion. While she didn't have anything hanging out she hadn't fully cleaned so glad we had her checked out before she may have developed an infection. Found the dead calf a day or 2 later, wasn't much bigger than a small dog. Synced the cow up with our AI group this year and she appears to have settled to the AI service so chalked it up as maybe she got bumped too hard by another cow in the winter lot or something as she's never had an issue for us before.
 
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Unfortunately can't really walk near her. She's one from two heifers which wouldn't let you close. Keeping a close eye on her. She was a bit uncomfortable and spent time with as few cattle as possible, well, she had a big hurting udder, so nothing too strange. Now her udder started getting smaller and she is back to the herd. Saw her bulling already yesterday evening.
 
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Chocolate Cow":18tmdo60 said:
Question? After having the calf, how did she respond to it? Did she lick it and hang around it or just get up and walk away?
Haven't seen it. Saw her in the morning, nothing special about behaviour, saw in the evening grazing calmly with the herd, just dirty rear.
 

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I usually consider how the cow responds to the calf, no matter if it's dead. I've had them refuse to leave the dead calf, nearly licking the hair off it trying to get it going. Others that get up and walk away with no interest give me reason to be concerned about their maternal instincts. Just something to think about ;-)
 

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