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Tarentaise trait

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purchased seven bred heifers in dec they calved in jan they are the cutest with their black eyes and nose

the one strange thing! all seven are what i will call communial nursing if one calf wants a drink he picks the closest cow, another calf or two may join in, they than may all go to another cow

has anyone ever heard of this trait

regards Art (red country farm)

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I have some too, I bought them because of the black pigmentation. Tarentaise is a dual porpuse breed and the they have great maternal traits. The mature bull can weight 1800 lbs. and the female 1100 lbs. they have the same calving problems (75 lbs average BW) as my Simmentals that it's almost any, their crosses produce good feeders steers. I'm happy with them.

> purchased seven bred heifers in
> dec they calved in jan they are
> the cutest with their black eyes
> and nose

> the one strange thing! all seven
> are what i will call communial
> nursing if one calf wants a drink
> he picks the closest cow, another
> calf or two may join in, they than
> may all go to another cow

> has anyone ever heard of this
> trait

> regards Art (red country farm)

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When we raan mostly Gerts we had the same thing. All of the cows but one would wander of grazing. Te designated babysitter would tend all the calves. Different days different cows would babysit.

dun

purchased seven bred heifers in
> dec they calved in jan they are
> the cutest with their black eyes
> and nose

> the one strange thing! all seven
> are what i will call communial
> nursing if one calf wants a drink
> he picks the closest cow, another
> calf or two may join in, they than
> may all go to another cow

> has anyone ever heard of this
> trait

> regards Art (red country farm)
 
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We see a lot this with our Longhorn cows. Just like Dun says, our babysitter cows rotate daily.

> When we raan mostly Gerts we had
> the same thing. All of the cows
> but one would wander of grazing.
> Te designated babysitter would
> tend all the calves. Different
> days different cows would babysit.

> dun



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I don't know if it's a Tarentaise trait or not, but it has happened with some of our Angus first calf heifers. But with that second calf, no one nurses except her own. Experience, I guess. It'll be interesting to see if yours do that with their second calf, too.

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